Advertisement

Protesters gather at John Marshall Courthouse in response to eviction proceedings

The protest is organized by the Richmond Tenants Union and focuses on Zacharia’s Brothers, a...
The protest is organized by the Richmond Tenants Union and focuses on Zacharia’s Brothers, a leading company that owns property throughout Richmond.(Hannah Eason - The Commonwealth Times)
Updated: Jul. 9, 2020 at 12:50 PM EDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - A group of people in Richmond gathered at the John Marshall Courthouse Thursday to protest the unlawful detainer cases continuing in the city.

The protest is organized by the Richmond Tenants Union and focuses on Zacharias Brothers, a leading company that owns property throughout Richmond.

On July 1, a previous eviction protest at the courthouse turned violent after protesters were pepper-sprayed by police.

The Richmond Tenants Union delivered letters to the tenants, who were unaware of the court cases against them.

According to the Richmond Tenants Union, due to tenants not being aware of court cases, they don’t show up, therefore, the landlord automatically wins the case and can begin the eviction process.

“Notifying tenants of upcoming cases is just one step toward taking back the absurd amount of power landlords have taken from tenants over the years in our city,” Richmond Tenants Union said on Facebook. “It’s one step toward building tenant power.”

There are over 100 unlawful detainer cases for Zacharias Brothers tenants scheduled tomorrow in Richmond, nearly all of...

Posted by Richmond Tenants Union on Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Copyright 2020 WWBT. All rights reserved.

Submit a news tip.