To Be Part of the People
During this time [1970s] the [low-income senior] tenants were fighting their eviction from the International Hotel in San Francisco. The International Hotel Collective was composed of students who were working at the hotel, and its younger tenants. The International Hotel collective first began their meetings in a single, unfurnished room with people sitting on the floor to talk. As our numbers expanded, we moved into a double room which students furnished with a long table and chairs. Meeting as the International Hotel collective, we would plan and organize social and political events and discuss the everyday operations of the hotel. We were really dedicated to the success of the tenant's struggle against eviction.
The overall hotel experience goes with me everywhere I go. The fundraising and donation-procuring ability I learned, knowing the strength of a people in the face of strong opposition and the unity built from working together are the elements and the framework through which I view any activity -- on which I might work today.