District 5 Supervisor Candidate Forum, September 28, 6:30 PM, 513 Parnassus Ave

District 5 Supervisor candidate Dean Preston and London Breed will meet again on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 in a candidate forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters. The event will be held at 513 Parnassus Avenue in the Cole Hall Medical Sciences Building at 6:30pm.


District 1 Supervisor Candidate Forum, September 29, 2016, 6-9 PM

San Francisco District 1 is having a candidate forum for the candidates running for San Francisco Supervisor, including the Tenants Union choice, Sandra Fewer. Candidates will be taking audience questions, as well as questions from the Tenants Union, as a sponsoring organization. Email us at if you have questions for the candidates, and we’ll send along the most common issues our members are raising in District 1. Alamo Elementary, 250 23rd Ave


San Francisco Tenants Union 45th Anniversary Celebration

Please join us in celebration or the online silent auction as we honor the individuals who have helped to create positive change in our community and keep San Francisco an affordable and accessible home for tenants! Enjoy food, screen printing, live musical performances, and our favorite savvy soul DJ, Tom Temprano. Saturday, October 8th, 2016 from 6 pm to 9 pm at Balancoire at 2565 Mission Street (between 21st St. and 22nd St).

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Building Tenant Power

Since 1971, the San Francisco Tenants Union has been fighting for the rights of tenants and for the preservation of affordable housing in San Francisco. The Tenants Union is volunteer led and membership supported. Membership contributions and counseling donations enables our advocacy to be uncompromising and not influenced by pressures from government or other funders. We are a 501(c)(4) since we campaign for political candidates. We seek to build a base of tenants throughout the city to establish a political power to create change.

Join the Tenants Union today to help support on going efforts to protect and expand affordable housing in the city. Your membership helps keep the clinic going and drives our advocacy.

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Anti-Eviction Mapping Project

The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project is a data-visualization, data analysis, and digital storytelling collective documenting the dispossession of San Francisco Bay Area residents in the wake of the Tech Boom 2.0. We seek to create tools that contribute to collective resistance, and that can be used by diverse communities in movement building.

Utilizing maps and digital storytelling, we strive to make the often obscured mechanisms of material, cultural, and affective displacement palpable. We see the eviction epidemic as endemic to a political economy built to privilege corporate interests of real estate and tech, and seek to contribute to a living archive that deconstructs corporate collusion.

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Drop-In Tenants’ Rights Counseling Clinic

The Tenants Union operates a peer-to-peer, volunteer led drop-in counseling clinic for members and nonmembers. Since the Tenants Union is a membership-supported organization, we ask that new tenants become members of the Tenants Union. Members receive a copy of our Tenants Rights Handbook and access to phone counseling. If you do not join, we ask that you make a donation when you come in (but no one is turned away for lack of funds).

Hours for the clinic include daytime, evening and weekend hours. Since the actual hours can vary each week, tenants should check our drop-in schedule or call 415-282-6622 right before coming for the schedule. Counselors are trained to answer virtually any question regarding your rights as a tenant or sub-tenant. Please bring in all your paperwork (notices, letters, rental agreement, etc.).

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Tenants Rights Handbook

The San Francisco Tenants Union publishes the definitive handbook on tenants rights with annual updates. The 17th Edition (2015) of the Tenants Rights Handbook,  is available to members only. The handbook contains comprehensive information on the law, strategies, and resources for tenant rights in San Francisco.

The Tenants Rights Handbook is a resource to help tenants know their rights and advocate for themselves. Being able to articulate your rights to landlords and politicians helps to assert tenant power in San Francisco.

We encourage you to become a member of the San Francisco Tenants Union and offer the handbook as a tool for tenant self-empowerment and self-determination.

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The Tenants Union is 100% behind Dean Preston as the ONLY CHOICE for District 5. Founder and leader of Tenants Together, California’s only statewide tenant organization, Dean helped save rent control in California, wrote laws to protect tenants from eviction during foreclosure, created a renters’ rights hotline, and led statewide battles against Ellis Act evictions. […]


RENTERS’ ISSUES CANDIDATES FORUM Wednesday, October 19 Louden Nelson Center Theater (downtown Santa Cruz). The forum is from 6:30 – 9:00 pm. We’ll ask the HARD QUESTIONS. Everyone is invited! Sponsored by: Santa Cruz County Tenants Association Santa Cruz Tenants Organizing Committee NAACP Santa Cruz County Branch #1071 Economic Justice Alliance of Santa Cruz County […]


Hillary Ronen, candidate for San Francisco District 9 Supervisor is looking for volunteers as we enter the last 47 days of the campaign. Please come out and knock on doors to have progressive tenant-friendly supervisors in charge of City Hall! And meet the candidates at the D9 forum on September 28, 2016, at the Brava […]


Kimberly Alvarenga is hosting a Tenant Forum at her headquarters geared towards tenant issues in San Francisco District 11. Come with your questions, and spread the word! October 11, 2016 4458 Mission St., San Francisco 7pm

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