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.
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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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Rent strikes grow in popularity among tenants as gentrification drives up rents in cities like D.C.

By Marissa J. Lang WASHINGTON – By the time nine residents of this Brightwood Park apartment had decided to stop paying their rent, several of their neighbors had fled – from water that soaked through the first and second floors, fire that burned walls from the inside out and a boiler pipe that tore through two […]

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Westlake apartment residents take landlord to court over rent hikes

WESTLAKE DISTRICT, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Tenants of the Burlington Apartment buildings in the Westlake District went to court against their landlords on Thursday as several of the tenants protested rent hikes and the conditions at their apartment building. The tenants say the landlord charges for repairs and has raised rents considerably in their building. […]

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“Huelga de alquiler” de vecinos de L.A. ante la subida de alquileres

Inquilinos de Westlake piden que el Gobierno intervenga con un control de alquileres que evite la gentrificación POR: EFE  “Hoy se inicia una huelga de renta de inquilinos de tres edificios de la calle Burlington, en el vecindario de Westlake, por el aumento excesivo de alquiler mensual”, dijo Trinidad Ruiz, del Sindicato de Inquilinos de Los […]

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WHY LOCALS IN HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN ARE BRACING FOR GENTRIFICATION

By JENNIFER VELEZ  Arturo Garcia says he felt like a stranger when he first moved to Historic Filipinotown some 20 years ago. Garcia migrated from Manila — more than 7,000 miles away from Los Angeles — but he says the city became easier to adjust thanks to fellow Filipinos in the community. Garcia, who is retired […]

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Decenas de inquilinos de Los Ángeles, indignados por aumento excesivo de la renta

Varios residentes de una comunidad de Los Ángeles, que habitan en tres edificios de unos 286 apartamentos, fueron notificados de que su renta incrementaría por más de 400 dólares. Los denunciantes señalan que además les están cobrando reparaciones de estufas y control de plagas.

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THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Shackled to the market

(Trinidad: 00:00:16 – 00:00:23) (Trinidad: 00:00:50 – 00:01:04) There are lots of ideas out there to address LA’s housing crisis. But many proposed solutions bring their own problems. This week we explore some of the most popular solutions. One big idea: build. Build on small lots, build next to train stations, build skyscrapers and build […]

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LA Tenants Union | Sindicato de Inquilinos LA

Logo designed for the Los Angeles Tenants Union | Sindicato de Inquilinos de Los Angeles as part of their logo competition. Originally, the logo and animation I designed included Downtown LA but I changed this to include the acronym of the organization instead.

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Impeach Trump Protest – Banner Drop

A group of incredible people came together to organize Impeach Trump March on July 2nd, 2017. Social justice activists from organizations throughout Los Angeles such as Indivisible, Occupy Venice, POWER (People Organized for Westside Renewal), Ground Game LA, and others coordinated this action. It caught the imagination of other cities around the country.  Sister marches included: Albuquerque, […]

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