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Renter Day in Annapolis

 
January 16, 2014: On January 15th, the PJC joined nearly 50 renters and representatives from various organizations in Maryland for the first-ever Renter Day in Annapolis. Those who attended had the opportunity to meet with state delegates and senators to share their concerns and experiences as tenants. Although landlords’ interests have historically been very influential in Annapolis, legislators who participated in Renter Day commented that a united tenant presence is still largely missing at the legislative session. The event was an effective way to engage them with renters’ issues and to make their presence known. 
 
For many participants, the experience was a validation of their right to lobby and be heard. One PJC client said, “We have a right to meet with the people who represent us. It was great to be here to exercise that right and meet the people we hear about on the news face to face.” 
 
“It’s very empowering,” added Erika Johnson, PJC’s Jesuit Volunteer in the Human Right to Housing project. “We’ve been treated with so much respect by everyone we’ve met with today.”
 
Here are some snapshots of what the day was like. 
 
Renter Day attendees from the Public Justice Center, Right to Housing Alliance and Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc. in front of the House of Delegates.
 
Renter Day attendees from the Public Justice Center, Right to Housing Alliance and Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc. in front of the House of Delegates.
 
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Delegate Doyle Niemann reads over the Renter’s Bill of Rights.
 
Delegate Doyle Niemann reads over the Renter’s Bill of Rights.
 
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Renters talked to Delegate Jim Gilchrist about upcoming bills that seek to offer more protections to Maryland tenants.
 
Renters talked to Delegate Jim Gilchrist about upcoming bills that seek to offer more protections to Maryland tenants.     
 
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Legislators joined the renters for lunch and encouraged them to continue to voice their concerns to other representatives in Annapolis.
 
Legislators joined the renters for lunch and encouraged them to continue to voice their concerns to other representatives in Annapolis. 
 
 


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