Trinidad Ruiz
Chicano, visual artist, avid cyclist, community organizer, collaborator, programmer, and educator, Trinidad works at the intersection of art and community activism. Most recently, he lead a partnership between residents and creative professionals to develop designs for a community which won a national AIA Merit Award in Architecture. He received a BA in Art History and a Minor in Chicano/a Studies from UCLA, and AA in Studio Art. Trinidad lives in Echo Park with his wife and two cats.
45 posts
ANATOMY OF A RENT STRIKE – L.A. TACO INVESTIGATES

by Warren Szewczyk It started on a Monday – Feb. 5, 2018 – with an anxious group of tenants gathered on the sidewalk before their home, the Burlington Avenue Apartments. That day, unbeknown to those involved, would spark the largest rent strike in the history of Los Angeles. “We didn’t know each other, we were […]

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Rent Strikes Are Back. Can They Save Poor Tenants From Homelessness?

BY MATT TINOCO For many tenants of a three-building apartment complex on Burlington Avenue in Westlake, the rent hikes announced earlier this year were a clear message from the landlord: pay up, or make room for someone else who can. But residents of roughly half of the complex’s 180 units say that message isn’t palatable. It’s […]

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Protesting Westlake Tenants Tell Us Why Rent Strikes Are Making A Comeback

                              Matt Tinoco | SCPR About 100 years ago, in cities with an affordable housing shortage, tenants went on strike—withholding rent from their landlord to protest poor conditions. As the cost of housing spirals up, rent strikes are making a comeback. […]

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Inquilinos ‘en huelga’ se levantan contra concejal O’Farrell

Realizan protesta frente a su casa luego de recibir una carta recomendando pagar rentas y evitar problemas           POR: JACQUELINE GARCÍA Docenas de inquilinos que se encuentran hoy en ‘huelga de renta’ indican haber recibido como balde de agua fría una carta de parte de la oficina de su concejal, Mitch O’Farrell, […]

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These Tenants Are Leading the Largest Rent Strike in LA History

Residents of three buildings in Central Los Angeles are refusing to pay rent until their landlord agrees to fair rent increases. By Armando Aparicio and David Zlutnick Los Angeles’s housing market is in crisis. Low-income communities of color across the city are facing systematic displacement due to gentrification. Skyrocketing housing costs have created a homelessness epidemic that has […]

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Family on rent strike in Westlake is evicted after not paying rent

“We regret having to take this action, but the tenant in this unit failed to pay rent for seven months” By Christian Monterrosa  A family of five participating in the Burlington Unidos rent strike in Westlake was evicted Wednesday after a jury ruled they violated their lease by refusing to pay rent. Landlord Donald Crasnick and building owner Lisa Ehrlich […]

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Tenant Power: Organizing for Rent Strikes and Landlord Negotiations

In the face of high rent increases and substandard housing, many tenants are realizing they are not alone in their landlord troubles and are joining together to push for building-level wins, and policy change. by: Lillian M. Ortiz It’s the same story in city after city. Unsafe and unhealthy living conditions; exorbitant rent increases; buildingwide evictions; […]

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Westlake tenants form homeless encampment to protest rent hikes: ‘The prospect of becoming homeless is real’

Tenants say they are living with mold and rodents and can’t afford rent increases By Christian Monterrosa It’s a warm Friday night in Westlake, and more than 50 tenants living in apartments on Burlington Avenue are crowding sidewalks, huddled around tents and cloth banners that hang from orange and yellow apartment buildings. The tenants, who call themselves […]

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Why Does City Hall Let Landlords Turn Housing into Hotels?

HOME SHARING FALLOUT-It’s getting harder and harder to find housing you can afford in Los Angeles. Casey Maddren, July 2, 2018 Every day we see more proof. Families being evicted from their homes. People living on the streets. Low-income workers leaving for other cities because they can’t afford to live here anymore. And of course, the […]

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Huelgas de renta; una tendencia para reclamar viviendas asequibles

Inquilinos de un edificio en Long Beach y de tres en Los Ángeles se declaran en “huelga de rentas” POR: JACQUELINE GARCÍA Cansados de vivir en condiciones infrahumanas en sus propias viviendas, grupos de inquilinos en Los Ángeles y Long Beach han decidido hacer huelgas de renta para que los dueños escuchen sus reclamos. Una tendencia […]

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