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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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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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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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