Kansas City Tenants (KC Tenants) is a new organization led by a multiracial base of tenants in Kansas City. We know that poor people and communities of color will not be able to live in KC if we fail to imagine and win systemic change. KC Tenants are organizing to ensure that everyone in KC has a safe, accessible, and truly affordable home.
Theory of Change
The people closest to the problem are closest to the solutions. KC Tenants are organizing to change the conditions of what’s possible. Organizing is fundamentally democratic. It relies on developing grassroots leaders to learn their rights, tell their stories, and determine their own liberation.
People’s Housing Platform
We wrote a People’s Housing Platform, rooted in our own experience. This platform is the product of 750+ conversations with renters in KC, three community workshops, and edits from local lawyers, professors, and advocates. Read more here.
Tara Raghuveer is the director of KC Tenants. She is also the Housing Campaign Director at People’s Action, a national network of grassroots organizations committed to economic and racial justice. Tara cut her teeth organizing in the immigrant rights movement. She was the Deputy Director of the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), a coalition of the nation’s 37 largest immigrant rights organizations. Tara has been featured in outlets such as the New York Times, The New Yorker, Washington Post, NPR, The Guardian, and Slate. She has also written for the Urban Institute, TIME, and VICE. Tara’s research on eviction and poverty in Kansas City is cited in the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Evicted. She is an Australian-born, Indian-American immigrant who came to the US with her family in 1995 and grew up in Kansas City.
Elyshya Miller is the Canvass Director at KC Tenants. She is the mother of two wonderful children Rai’Reco Miller (21) and Zaylon Wallace (8). Elyshya has been an organizer for over 15 years. She started out with Working America and ACORN where she got her organizing training working on issues like affirmative action and increasing the minimum wage. She became the first black women to become the COPE Coordinator for the AFl-CIO. Elyshya then started a group that registered over 5000 young Missouri voters. Elyshya has recently organized with SEIU Healthcare and Jobs with Justice. She recently worked on the campaigns to increase the minimum wage in Missouri and to take big business out of politics.
Hobbes Entrikin is an Organizing Fellow with KC Tenants. Before moving to Kansas City in 2015, Hobbes lived in Sunflower House Cooperative and Olive House Cooperative in Lawrence, Kansas, where they gained perspective on the meaning of collaboration, cooperation, and self-governance. They served on the board of directors for People’s Owned and Operated Collective House (POOCH) in Lawrence from 2011 to 2013, laying an updated foundation for future generations of cooperators. Hobbes has supplemented their community work through the years through curricula at various colleges and universities, where they have worked organizing with other students to hold administrations accountable for campus sexual assault. In the 2018 Missouri election they lead canvassing teams to victory as a part of the Raise Up Missouri and Clean Missouri campaigns. Hobbes is motivated by justice for survivors of sexual assault, connection with queer community, and a foundation of Mennonite community values.
Elie Hudson is an Organizing Fellow with KC Tenants. They first started doing community organizing work four years ago with the local chapter of the Fight for $15 movement and have experience organizing fast food workers, students and student workers around living wages and workplace protections. They also have canvassed to pass two ballot initiatives in the 2018 Missouri midterms: raise the minimum wage and get big money out of politics. Most recently, Elie has worked on a Get Out the Vote Campaign (GOTV) to increase the amount of Missouri college students registered to vote and get them to the polls on voting day.
Our organizing is in part based on years of research on eviction in Kansas City. Read more here.