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How We Survive: Renters, Rights, and Resistance


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Banks are bleeding money, so you’d think they’d want tenants in foreclosed properties to continue paying rent.  But frequently that’s not the case.  As the foreclosure crisis spreads, tens of thousands of renters have been evicted through no fault of their own, and there’s not much positive news in the near future. On this edition, we continue our series “How We Survive” and hear from renters and renters’ advocates about the invisible victims of the mortgage meltdown.

New York Rent Strike, 1919  Credit: Public Domain photo by the New York Times.

New York Rent Strike, 1919 Credit: Public Domain photo by the New York Times.


Dean Preston, Tenants Together Executive Director; Adam Gold, Just Cause Oakland Administrative Director; Dr. Francis Fox Piven, CUNY Graduate Center New York City sociology and political science professor; Studs Turkel, renowned oral historian and author; Judge Samuel Heller, Chicago judge during The Great Depression; Willie Jefferies, Workers Alliance member during The Great Depression; Kate Hyndman, union organizer profiled in 1976 documentary “Union Maids”.

For More Information:

CUNY Graduate Center

Just Cause Oakland

Tenants Together

Union Maids 1976 Documentary

Blogs, Articles, Links:

The Helping Families Save Their Homes Act

Explosions In The Sky – Your Hand in Mine
The Bourgeois Blues-Leadbelly
Boards of Canada – Chromakey Dreamcoat

Some of the audio you heard in this show was gathered during the Consumers Union “Faces of Foreclosure” video project:

Author: Radio Project

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