Movement Analysis

The Battle Over Rent Control in the Heart of Silicon Valley

Woman with raised fist celebrating a victory in the Measure V campaign.

In this episode we take a deep dive into the challenges of tenant organizing in the heart of capitalist Silicon Valley. In the first in-depth coverage of the campaign we interview former local journalist Daniel DeBolt who played a key role with the Mountain View Tenants Coalition. Skyrocketing rents and mass displacement led to a coalition of renters and allies to wage a bitter battle against well funded landlords and a hostile city council to pass a rent control ballot measure that also rolled back rents for thousands of tenants. 

In the post interview commentary, hosts Markie and Pedro relate this to broader conversations around organizing and struggles over displacement in the Bay Area and Los Angeles – including Prop 10, a failed ballot measure in California that sought to repeal state restrictions on local cities enacting rent control. 

Related Links and Resources:

Slideshow presentation on the Measure V campaign with timeline and photos 

Learn more on the Mountain View Tenants Coalition and the Los Angeles Tenants Union

Why Non-Profits Can’t Lead the 99%” by Warren Marr

From Reform to Revolution” by Ian Martin in the collection “An Anarchist Reader, For Effective Organising” by Zabalaza Books

We highly recommend the collection “Resources on Housing, Tenant Organizing and Gentrification” on the Black Rose/Rosa Negra blog with analysis on gentrification and rent control, interviews with organizers, organizing manuals and resources, models of socialized housing and more.  


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Interview with Mark Bray, Part 2, Horizontalism and Anarchism

Mark Bray

The second part of our interview and discussion with historian and author Mark Bray, author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook and Translating Anarchy on the Occupy movement. The episode begins with an update on our “Grow Our Roots” fundraiser followed by hosts Markie and Pedro discussing listener feedback.

This show introduces our new segment “Forgotten Histories,” which introduces the personal histories of lesser known revolutionary figures. This first segment features Mexican anarchist, feminist, and PLM organizer, Elisa Acuña Rossetti.

In this portion of the interview Mark Bray discusses the differences between horizontalism and anarchism, looking critically at movements transitioning into electoral politics. He also discusses two different approaches of defining anarchism, one based on a historical approach and another based on a myth generated by the anarchist movement itself. 

Related links:

Horizontalism: Anarchism, Power and the State, Blackrosefed.org, 2018.

Mark Bray on Revolutionary Left Radio

Anarchist Education and the Modern School: A Francisco Ferrer Reader, PM Press, 2018.

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Mark Bray, Part I, Antifa and Occupy

The first in a two part interview and discussion with historian and author Mark Bray, author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook and Translating Anarchy on the Occupy movement. The interview begins with taking a behind the scene look at the reaction and reception to Bray’s book on anti-fascism from mainstream media and progressive media. Next we move to the Occupy movement discussing Bray’s assessment as both a participant and writer on the Occupy movement as well the narratives that have begun to take hold within the larger left around Occupy’s supposed failures. 

Hosts Markie and Pedro reflect on Bray’s interview giving their own reactions to Occupy and relate this to the challenges of being revolutionary organizers and building a left that relates to everyday working class people.

The second part of the interview with Mark Bray will focus on horizontalism, power and that state as well as defining anarchism.

Be sure to check out the “Grow Our Roots” fundraiser by Black Rose/Rosa Negra which will help send comrades to South America and support From Below Podcast. We are also selling original T-Shirt designs as part of the fundraiser.

Related links:

Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, Melville 2017.

Translating Anarchy, The Anarchism of Occupy Wall StreetZero Books, 2013.

Five liberal tendencies that plagued Occupy” ROAR Magazine, 2014. 

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