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The Fall of the I- Hotel

photo courtesy of Kearny Street Workshop

The fight to save the International Hotel (I-Hotel) in the 70?s was an historic battle in San Francisco history. Low-income tenants, a great majority of whom were elderly Filipino Manongs, fought to preserve their low-cost homes and the Manilatown community against downtown expansion & developer?s greed. Hundreds of tenants were forcibly evicted, some carried and dragged out of the building before it was demolished. All was not lost. The broad community outrage following the demolition stopped the new development and led to the enactment of renter protections in 1979.

Today, as we watch the triumphant rise of the new I-Hotel, we are also confronted with the possible loss of Trinity Plaza, home to a diverse community of working class families, seniors, and many disabled folks, living in 370 rent-controlled units. Like the I - Hotel, the fight to save Trinity Plaza promises to be another historic battle to preserve sound
The film will be preceded by a brief panel on the Lessons from the I-Hotel Struggle. Panelists include: Bill Sorro and other veterans of the I-Hotel struggle, Chris Daly and Jeff Adachi, Lolita Kintanar and other Trinity tenants. Poetry will also be read by Al Robles.

This event is co-sponsored by: Asian Law Caucus, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, Central City Collaborative, Chinatown Coalition for Better Housing, Chin Jurn Wor Ping (CJWP), Coalition on Homelessness, Community Tenant Association, Filsglobe, Housing Rights Committee, Mint Mall Organizing Committee, Filipino American Development Foundation, Kearny Street Workshop, Locus Arts, Mission Agenda, Nosei, Queers for Peace and Justice, Religious Witness, Right 2 a Roof, Senior Action Network, South of Market Community Action Network, Stanford Asian American Issues, Tenants Union, Veterans Equity Center.


For more information, please call Rachel Redondiez at 415-554-7973.

March 22, 2004, 6-8pm
City Hall, San Francisco
Admission: free

Added by minjungkim on March 21, 2004

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