Organizing the Unemployed in the Bronx in the 1930s (1949)

1946-1989, Date, Subjectives of Refusal, Workers

This document is Rose Chernin’s account of the disruption and organizing of the unemployed through the formation of Unemployed Councils. They organized disruptions at places such as grocery stores and organized rent strikes. In this account, Chernin describes the successes, the failures, and her personal thoughts during and after the experiences.

“I, on the other hand, when I talked to people, could convince them to struggle against their conditions. I believed in this struggle. That is all it takes to be an organizer. Belief in our power.”