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This page sustains organizing efforts by Lawrence locals in the aftermath of the Columbia Gas fires to secure housing, meeting space, and living needs. Becoming a patron will help Lawrence locals produce these community-based services and build crucial structures to support the community at large.

Right now, people really urgently need space. In South Lawrence, Columbia Gas still hasn't restored gas to many homes and businesses, and families don't have gas for heat or to cook meals. Many people also have not been able to gather outside of one-on-one interactions because of mass evictions.

The urgency of wealth inequity and redistribution in Andover/Lawrence and in Greater Boston area cannot be stressed enough. As the article above, the people affected in Andover/N. Andover were primarily homeowners who can submit homeowner's insurance claims, the majority of Lawrence families are renters and have far fewer protections. Andover's wealth is also hugely dependent on Raytheon Co., a defense contractor for the U.S. military, and its massive manufacturing campus in the town, as well as the historical wealth of landlords and factory owners of the textile industry, who lived in Andover and exploited the growing immigrant community and workers in Lawrence to build their wealth. The most recent gas explosions is contextualized by this legacy. We see it continue to play out as real estate development companies from Andover and the greater Boston area move to "develop" downtown and further gentrify Lawrence in the wake of catastrophe.  

The short-term plan is to secure a lease for a 3-BR apartment in Lawrence at $1700/month by November 18. This will mark over 2 months since the original gas explosions. This space will generate on-the-ground momentum for larger projects around housing and legal support, family services, and material demands of Columbia Gas company. It is crucial that we move quickly as winter approaches, and as we witness development companies attempt to buy up damaged properties to renovate. Thank you for your support.
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This page sustains organizing efforts by Lawrence locals in the aftermath of the Columbia Gas fires to secure housing, meeting space, and living needs. Becoming a patron will help Lawrence locals produce these community-based services and build crucial structures to support the community at large.

Right now, people really urgently need space. In South Lawrence, Columbia Gas still hasn't restored gas to many homes and businesses, and families don't have gas for heat or to cook meals. Many people also have not been able to gather outside of one-on-one interactions because of mass evictions.

The urgency of wealth inequity and redistribution in Andover/Lawrence and in Greater Boston area cannot be stressed enough. As the article above, the people affected in Andover/N. Andover were primarily homeowners who can submit homeowner's insurance claims, the majority of Lawrence families are renters and have far fewer protections. Andover's wealth is also hugely dependent on Raytheon Co., a defense contractor for the U.S. military, and its massive manufacturing campus in the town, as well as the historical wealth of landlords and factory owners of the textile industry, who lived in Andover and exploited the growing immigrant community and workers in Lawrence to build their wealth. The most recent gas explosions is contextualized by this legacy. We see it continue to play out as real estate development companies from Andover and the greater Boston area move to "develop" downtown and further gentrify Lawrence in the wake of catastrophe.  

The short-term plan is to secure a lease for a 3-BR apartment in Lawrence at $1700/month by November 18. This will mark over 2 months since the original gas explosions. This space will generate on-the-ground momentum for larger projects around housing and legal support, family services, and material demands of Columbia Gas company. It is crucial that we move quickly as winter approaches, and as we witness development companies attempt to buy up damaged properties to renovate. Thank you for your support.

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