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Session 2: Saturday, June 2nd: 12:00 - 1:50pm
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This session will tell the story of the Right to Counsel Coalition, which successfully launched a 3-year campaign to make New York City the first city in the US to guarantee a right to an attorney to tenants facing eviction. Speakers will draw insights from their perspectives about how this right is key to fighting gentrification as well as how to implement a new law in a way that creates a right and builds tenant power. Speakers will represent the different perspectives of the coalition: lawyers, advocates and tenants. They will also share lessons learned from the coalition and the campaign, offering insights for other cities who are facing mass evictions and looking for effective tools. They will also discuss the right to defending your home and how it can be used as an organizing tool towards a vision of a right to housing.


Susanna Blankley is the Coalition Coordinator for the Right to Counsel NYC Coalition, which is made up of more than 65 tenant advocate groups, tenant organizing groups, faith based groups, academics, and legal services providers throughout the New York City. While the Director of CASA (Community... Read more
Randy Dillard is a resident of the Bronx, a single father of 5 children. He has a been a CASA member for 6 years and a CASA leader for 4 of those years. Randy have been intricately involved in the city-wide Right to Counsel coalition since 2014. Randy was also appointed to a local community board #... Read more
Marika Dias is a public interest attorney who has worked in civil legal services since 2001, in a range of legal service and community organizations in Melbourne, Australia and New York City. Marika’s work has focused on providing legal services that support community organizing efforts and grass-... Read more
Estefania Trujillo Preciado is a Colombian community organizer at Flatbush Tenant Coalition (FTC), building grassroots power in more than 65 associations with over 19,000 residents. By organizing groups and developing skilled and informed leaders, we can challenge the oppressive systems that... Read more