Last month, Tenants Together was proud to support the launch of THREE (yes three!) new city-wide tenants unions across the state: Inglewood Tenants Union, Santa Clarita Tenants Union, and Todos Santos Tenants Union (Concord). We've never seen so many new city-wide tenants unions form in one month! Despite the growing displacement and homelessness crisis, renters are organizing and fighting back.
What is a tenants union? Tenants unions are often a base for peer support, providing counseling services, going with tenants to eviction court, or connecting members to legal support. As a base for organizing around renters’ rights, tenants unions are also key to mobilizing for direct action tactics like rent strikes, protesting landlords, and mounting social media campaigns. It's a core part of Tenants Together's mission to support building tenant power for the long-term, which to us means supporting tenant-led organizations like tenants unions.
(Inglewood Tenants Union rallying for rent control)
(Todos Santos Tenants Union after their first meeting as a citywide Concord TU)
(Santa Clarita Tenants Union canvassing for renters' rights)
Inspired to build renter power?
Learn more about how we support tenants unions by reading our brief guide here.
Join the conversation through Facebook and Twitter by following #RenterPowerCA. Lookout for posts under this hashtag from our statewide California Renter Power assembly this weekend!