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Re: Citiwide Rent Strike/Slowdown

Posted by TenantNet on May 28, 1997 at 06:29:03:

In Reply to: Re: Citiwide Rent Strike/Slowdown posted by Housing Solidarity Network on May 27, 1997 at 20:22:02:

: I see no one seems to have any fightback alternative. Many people denounce any strategy that involves any risk whatever, as if any fight worth winning is wqithout any risk or sacrifice. Then the real program is spelled out: Like, "let's face it, it's over!" The advice given then by such tenant advocacy is to do nothing, and just submit to the landlords, and, especially, turn your back on and isolate any who do try to struggle.

"Let's face it--it's over" -- that sounds like the wimpy Democrat politicians that are
now trying to convince us they are on our side (shall we name names, Vito?).
I applaud your efforts to try to do something (you won't hear that from NYSTNC which
tries to crush every good idea that independent tenants have and revels in rhetoric and little else).

If you can spell out a) how a city-wide rent strike would be logistically accomplished -- do you have the logistics to organize building by building? and b) the actual political effect such a strike or slowdown would have in either saving the rent laws or preventing weakening, then you might get some additional converts. Your initial message spent more time explaining how it's "safe" rather than how such an action would accomplish the goal.

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