Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Que Viva Jose Morales!
On July 27 over 70 supporters joined Jose Morales for a vigil commemorating his 14 year battle against an unjust Ellis Act eviction from his home of 43 years. At 79 years old, Jose has accomplished the amazing feet of fighting his landlord for the right to live out his golden years in the neighborhood and home that he loves. Over these triumphant years Jose has garnered the enthusiasm and hope of thousands of peoples from throughout the City.
Sadly though, on August 6 the San Francisco Sheriffs at the request of the courts, delivered the final blow and forced Jose out of his home at 527 San Jose Ave. It was a sad day but I couldn't help feeling hopeful at the sight of dozens of community members and organizations lending Jose a hand during this difficult time. That's what a community does... we take care of our own!
Currently, Jose is staying at a shelter being run by Dolores Street Community Services and is working with the fine folks at Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center to get him into affordable senior housing as soon as possible. Click here for the full Tecolote story.
Props go out to the many peoples and organizations that have and continue emotionally, spiritually and materially supporting our Abuelo. Click here for the pictures.