As I posted at RKV Law, the below is a press release from the WJDB:
Workers for Justice and Diversity in Basalt Remains United in Demanding Relocation for Residents of the Pan & Fork Mobile Home Park: Town’s Current Plan Expels Students Right Before the End of the School Year.
Workers for Justice and Diversity in Basalt remains united as we continue to work towards the goal that first brought us together: a fair replacement housing arrangement in Basalt that meets the needs of our families. Our biggest priority is the health and safety of our children. To be forced out of our homes at the end of the school year places a serious hardship on our children, who are already struggling with the stress of not knowing where we will live in the months to come. It is critical that our children be able to finish the school year in Basalt without undue hardship, so that their education is not unnecessarily disrupted by being forced to change schools so late in the academic year. We hope that the Town of Basalt realizes the serious consequences for students of being evicted in April, and instead allows us to remain in our homes at least until the end of the school year.
As a group we respect the decision of Ralph Vazquez, one of our founding members, to take a different path. For the rest of the group, the best decision for our families is to continue with legal representation from RKV Law, to advise us of our rights as we seek replacement housing. We hope to work with the Town of Basalt to agree upon a relocation plan so that no family is forced out of our community and home of many years, and so that our children’s health and education are not forcibly disrupted.
Our trust in the Town of Basalt was deeply shaken when the promise to relocate us into housing within Basalt was broken. The Town rushed the removal of Pan and Fork residents to start construction on the river. The Town needs to instead prioritize the wellbeing of our families and children by ensuring we have secure homes in our community, and allowing us to remain in our current homes at least until the end of the school year. As we seek a fair solution, we hope we can learn to trust the Town of Basalt again.
– Workers for Justice and Diversity in Basalt