The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Chicago Evictions

Oct 20, 2008

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart declared that he would no longer carry out any evictions of renters in apartment buildings that are in foreclosure.

Obviously, Dart’s decision reflects the deep anger among ordinary people. For these renters have been paying their rent every month on time. It was the landlords of the buildings who had defaulted on the mortgages.

The banks and mortgage companies took Dart’s decision to stop evictions to court. And the courts ruled in the banks’ and mortgage companies’ favor–ordering Dart to continue the evictions.

Obviously, the banks and mortgage companies want the apartment buildings vacant so they can resell them quickly and get a lot of money back.

Thus, the courts took the side of the banks and the mortgage companies against the right of people to have a place to live without being thrown in the street.