The Great Berkeley Rent Strike – Berkeley Tenants Union (1969)

1946-1989, Authority, Date, Defining the Enemy, Disruptive Spaces, Privatization, Strike, Subjectives of Refusal, Subjects Redefined, Tactics of Disruption, The Bourgeoisie, Urban Spaces, We're Not Paying That

The Berkeley Tenants Union was established in 1969 and sought to organize low-income tenants to join in protest against rent increases, eviction, and poor housing conditions. This document is a flyer produced in 1969 by the union explaining the reasoning, goals, and strategy behind the city-wide renters strike as well as the various risks activists might face for carrying out these direct actions. Flyers such as this one began distribution during the end of 1969 and continued up until February of 1970, when the strike formally took place.

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