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About Autonomous Tenants Union

Autonomous Tenants Union is an all-volunteer organization committed to organizing for housing justice from below and to the left. As an independent collective based in Chicago, we strategize together to defend and enforce our right to dignified housing. We believe that housing is a human right, not a commodity! We fight for an end to all evictions, and for community control of housing through the building of popular power.

POINTS OF UNITY

MUTUAL SUPPORT – No one is alone. We commit to having each other’s backs, and to listen to and support one another through our struggles.

COLLECTIVE ACTION – Taking action together gets the goods. We will not win what we deserve if we fight alone.

Protest sign reading "Abolish Landlords"
EQUALITY – No matter your race, gender, sexual orientation, or physical ability. As working class people, we are equals and must treat each other as equals while loving our differences. We must work day-to-day to challenge sexism, racism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia and all other prejudices that divide us.

FIGHTING BACK AGAINST ALL EVICTIONS – No matter what the reason, no one should have to face displacement or homelessness.

EVERYONE DESERVES DIGNIFIED HOUSING – No one deserves to live in unsafe and unhealthy conditions.

LANDLORDS’ INTERESTS ARE OPPOSED TO OUR OWN – Everyone needs a place to live, but nobody needs a landlord. Landlords exploit us by owning more property than they need and collecting rent from the rest of us. The more money they extract from us, the more property they can buy - they get ahead, and we fall behind. Exploitation is central to how a landlord makes a profit, so landlords are the enemy in our fight for housing that is free of exploitation.

COMMUNITY CONTROL OF HOUSING – Housing needs to be permanently owned by and in control of the community, instead of being owned by the rich for the sole purpose of making profit.

SOLIDARITY – An injury to one is an injury to all.

GENTRIFICATION IS NOT INEVITABLE – Gentrification is a process led and nurtured by various stakeholders like developers, landlords, business owners, and politicians.

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The Autonomous Tenants Union (ATU) is an all-volunteer organization committed to organizing for housing justice from below and to the left. As an independent collective based in Chicago, we strategize together to defend and enforce our right to dignified housing. We believe that housing is a human right not a commodity! We fight for an end to all evictions, and for community control of housing through the building of popular power. I. Where we are We are in the middle of a public health catastrophe, during which everyone’s sole focus should be protecting themselves and their communities. But instead, many are worrying about rent. Chicagoans face layoffs and loss of income as workplaces around the country shutter to limit COV... (From : TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
By necessity, ATU’s work often centers around talking to tenants about their “rights” as given to them by the legal system. In our organizing, these rights are referred to as the shield. A shield can protect you, but it cannot win a fight for you. Your rights often can only protect you if you have access to a lawyer, and can fail you on a judge’s whim. You need something more—you need the sword. We offer this zine in hopes that the tools within will help folks to go on the offensive and fight back against their landlords. Because even when the law and the courts ul mately work to serve the landlord class, the power of tenants united will prevail. When we fight, we win. We cannot stress enough that... (From : TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)

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2008 :
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February 01, 2021 ; 4:13:09 PM (America/Los_Angeles) :
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