Wednesday, December 7, 2011

2011-12-07 "MODESTO SOLIDARITY: Don’t let bosses & landlords abuse you!"
Unpaid wages? Denied deposit? Unsafe workplace? Refused repairs?
Don’t let bosses and landlords use and abuse you!
We are a network of working people and tenants who work to defend ourselves through direct action and mutual support. Modesto Solidarity will help you get back stolen wages and deposits, get repairs made, and stop evictions. To become involved or to let us know of a problem at your work or with a landlord, contact us!
Contact us by phone: (209) 690-7319 or email:

Here is an account of the first Modesto Solidarity campaign from 6/14/11: Modesto Solidarity will be delivering a letter to John Hertle at Exit Realty at 901 McHenry at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, June 15th. We are demanding that Michele be given keys and safe access to her apartment which she has illegally been locked out of.

6/15/11: The demand delivery went really well. 20 of us accompanied Michele to deliver her demands to John Hertle at Exit Realty. John was commuting back from the Bay Area, and the letter was read over the phone by the receptionist. He was given 24 hours to respond, and we are preparing for action tomorrow. We are expecting to be picketing tomorrow at 3:00 PM at their office in Modesto. Please come out, and invite all your friends!

People Protest Exit Realty -
6/16/11: Today members of Modesto Solidarity picketed at the offices of John Hertle & EXIT Realty. We did this to support Michele, one of our members, who had been illegally locked out of her apartment for over a week. Within minutes, we noticed a video camera filming us from inside, and several associates of John’s came to ask us what was going on. We gave them a flyer and told them that, as our previous demand letter had stated, we were there to demand Michele be given keys and safe access to her apartment. About fifteen minutes after this, John Hertle came out livid, demanding “who’s the guy in charge here?!” After a brief confrontation in which we explained that no one was in charge, and we were all there to support Michele, he “invited” Michele in to talk. Several of us accompanied her, and after some deliberation an agreement was reached which ended in Michele being given the keys to her apartment. While the situation is still developing, and we are not yet claiming victory, at this point Michele is finally back in her apartment.

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