Jacob Woocher is a tenant lawyer in Los Angeles. He organizes with the Los Angeles Tenants Union (LATU) and occasionally tweets at @jacobwooch.
Billions of dollars have been transferred from the people of LA to its corporations and ruling class in the past two decades, and one person is more responsible than anyone else: outgoing Mayor Eric Garcetti.
If there were a single organization without which LA’s tenants movement would not be the same, it would likely be Union de Vecinos.
Even as tenants die of COVID-19 or related illnesses, the harassment continues from management. But so does the struggle by the tenants.
Let’s fight for programs that actually house the most vulnerable tenants, challenge capitalism, and build a new world.
History shows there’s always money for police and luxury development. Will the city now cry poverty instead of keeping families housed?
The Cancel Rent Collective is done playing nice.
A look at how California’s current tenant protections will actually work, or fail, in practice.
But The Hillside Villa Tenants Association has sprung into action and is fighting back.
My City Council representative needs to be called on his actions.
Rather than address our concerns, Mayor Garcetti would prefer to curtail our right to protest about unhoused people dying on the streets.
Meanwhile, Mayor Eric Garcetti is refusing to use his power to commandeer hotels and get people indoors during a deadly pandemic.
What will people do when they’re expected to pay back rent after the crisis is over? Groups across the country demand an end to rent.
The Hillside Villa Apartments were constructed for the public good. Now, they’re a cash register for Tom Botz.
They’ve gotten commitments from Senator Maria Elena Durazo and Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo — but from the latter only in private.
Shane Phillips served LA elites and their efforts to criminalize unhoused people as Policy Director at the Central City Association.
Tired of trying to justify the city’s inhumane sweeps of unhoused residents, Mitch O’Farrell’s office focuses on proper word choice.
Activists had a simple message for the city agency charged with protecting tenants: “stop siding with landlords, and do your job.”
It’s not at all surprising to see the Party of Trump increasingly embrace the “Yes In My BackYard” label
Our politicians have handed over staggering amounts of public money and land for luxury development. The rich win, and the poor lose.
”We believe the City of Los Angeles can and should use eminent domain to purchase the building and ensure it remains affordable.”
Tenants at Botz’s buildings have been threatened with eviction for their kids playing outside — and there’s an entire court case about it.
Chinatown is being cleansed of Latinx and Chinese tenants. But they’re fighting back.
The political ground seems to be shifting left. But when it comes to housing, we remain stuck in the free-market Reagan Era.
A Mayor who is a “forceful immigrant rights advocate” would spend his time fighting Jim McDonnell. Instead, Garcetti endorsed him.
We must understand that the housing crisis is not quite a crisis for everyone — for some, it’s extremely profitable.
It’s all fun and games until the socialists show up at your front door.
Rent control is good and we need more of it.
“I think it’s terrible. When you [Lisa] already have such an extraordinary level of wealth, and you’re evicting little kids. It’s just terrible.” — Lena Bernstein, lifelong Pacific Palisades resident.
The gentrification conversation is privileging the wrong voices.
In rapidly changing Westlake, hundreds of tenants — almost exclusively Latinx — are fighting back.
Sweeps are not the answer.
While ignoring the richest and whitest parts of Los Angeles.
Organizing gets the goods.
The battle lines around SB 827 are becoming increasingly clear.
Rent control is one of the foremost demands of grassroots movements organizing around housing justice.
Demonizing the super-rich is good, and extremely necessary.
If you are moved by these tenants’ struggle, please consider donating to support their rent strike and help cover legal fees.
This isn't a natural process.
If white liberals are truly concerned with racial violence, they should direct their outrage at their own cities.