Citywide tenant convention: “This is the start of a movement”


By Tim Redmond  : 48hillsonline – excerpt

FEB.10, 2014 — Among the old-timers at the San Francisco tenants convention Saturday, the same question kept coming up: When was the last time we saw this many people – and such a diverse cross-section of the city – at a political event? It’s been a long time.

“This reminds me of the Community Congress in 1975,” which led to district elections of supervisors, longtime organizer Buck Bagot said.

The doors had to be closed about 20 minutes after the session started, since the Tenderloin Community School couldn’t hold any more people. It’s hard to count a crowd that size, but I’m pretty sure 500 people were on hand, including six supervisors (John Avalos, David Campos, David Chiu, Malia Cohen, Jane Kim, and Eric Mar).

And it’s not a one-time thing, either: The convention was the culmination of a series of neighborhood meetings…

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