Organize Your Neighbors: The Los Angeles Tenants Union

In this episode we look at neighborhood based tenant organizing with what is easily described as the leading tenant organization in the U.S., the Los Angeles Tenants Union. LATU describes itself as an “autonomous housing movement” and is organized through a dozen assembly based neighborhood chapters. They are intentionally not organized as a non-profit, do not have paid staff, and are funded by member dues. The group has helped lead numerous rent strikes and fights around housing, and spearheads the Autonomous Tenant Union Network of similar tenants led organizing projects across the U.S.

The interview was conducted by Markie with Chrysanthe, an integrating member of Black Rosa/Rosa Negra who is active with the VyBe or Vermont Beverly neighborhood local.

Related Links and Resources:

Los Angeles Tenants Union

These Tenants Are Leading the Largest Rent Strike in LA History,” The Nation

L.A.’s Class Struggle Looks Like This: The Tenants Movement

Resources on Tenant Organizing, Housing and Gentrification