October 2009
Centro Journal;Fall2009, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p108
Academic Journal
Through an examination of the contentious housing campaign known as "Operation Move-In" in Manhattan's Upper West Side in 1970, this essay demonstrates the partial effectiveness of protests against "urban renewal" that used disruptive tactics, persuasive mobilizing frames, and mainstream allies to elicit concessions from elites. The movement's participants reduced the immediate impact of New York City's displacement policies by squatting in buildings earmarked for destruction and negotiating a higher percentage of units for low-income tenants in high-rise developments. Further, it analyzes the formation and politicization of El Comité, one of the main organizations of the Puerto Rican Left in the 1970s, illustrating how a radical political perspective developed organically among predominantly working-class Puerto Rican activists, rather than as a product of a priori ideology. Among the multiple factors that contributed to political consciousness and activism in the period were the intersecting experiences of national identity, race, and class of Puerto Ricans in New York City.


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