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The Rise and Fall and Rise of the Militant Tenant

[caption id="attachment_1577" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Illustration: Angelica Alzona (GMG)[/caption] by: Katie McDonough One of the earliest urban rent strikes in United States history was organized in New York City, in 1907, by a 16-year-old girl named Pauline Newman. In its reporting on the strike, the New York Times described Newman, a Jewish immigrant who worked at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company...

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

[caption id="attachment_1544" align="alignnone" width="730"] Striking Westlake tenants march through their neighborhood in late July, 2018. (Photo by Matt Tinoco/LAist)[/caption] 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...

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

[caption id="attachment_1524" align="alignright" width="1024"] Striking tenants in Westlake march through their neighborhood in late July (Matt Tinoco/SCPR)[/caption]                               Matt Tinoco | SCPR [playlist ids="1526"] About 100 years ago, in cities with an affordable housing shortage, tenants went on strike—withholding rent from...

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 [caption id="attachment_1518" align="alignright" width="940"] Robert Rodríguez (I) junto a su esposa María antes de recibir el veredicto de la corte. / foto: suministrada.[/caption]           POR: JACQUELINE GARCÍA Docenas de inquilinos que se encuentran hoy en...

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 [embed]https://youtu.be/7vS9BkuEJ8M[/embed] 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...

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” [caption id="attachment_1532" align="alignnone" width="742"] Members of Burlington Unidos protest in front of their Westlake apartments on July 20 as part of an ongoing rent strike. By Christian Monterrosa.[/caption] By Christian Monterrosa  A family of five participating...

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 [caption id="attachment_1501" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Mariachis, tenants, and Los Angeles Tenants Union organizers gather at Mariachi Plaza to raise...