From the politics of what’s possible to the politics of what we want

Kenia Alcocer and Leonardo Vilchis of the Union de Vecinos in conversation with Ana Vilenica

Published in Issue 5.1 // Conversation Series

Keywords: Evictions, tenants union, internationalism, Los Angeles


In this conversation, organisers and base leaders Kenia Alcocer and Leonardo Vilchis from Union de Vecinos and the Los Angeles Tenants Union reflect on the struggle for housing in Los Angeles and beyond. They address issues such as the eviction moratorium, the necessity of providing full protection to tenants, the efforts of the growing tenant associations, building movement infrastructure, and scaling up the movement.

Union de Vecinos is a grassroots community based organization that addresses issues related to environmental justice, the right to housing, and the right to healthy and stable neighborhoods in Boyle Heights and neighboring cities. Our principal work is community organizing around issues identified by community members in Boyle Heights. Union de Vecinos is the East Side local of the Los Angeles Tenants Union.

Ana Vilenica is a feminist, no-border, and urban activist and organizer from Serbia, currently residing in Italy. She is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the ERC project ‘Inhabiting Radical Housing’ at the Polytechnic of Turin’s Inter-university Department of Regional & Urban Studies and Planning (DIST) and a core member of Beyond Inhabitation Lab. Ana is a member of the Radical Housing Journal Editorial collective and the Feminist Autonomous Centre for research (FAC research).

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