The Pedal for Peace Bike-a-thon is coordinated by the Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America. All proceeds raised will be distributed among CRLN and the following organizations: Autonomous Tenants Union, Chicago-Cinquera Sister Cities, Chicago-Guatemala Partnership, Concern America, and La Voz de los de Abajo. This is the donation page for the Autonomous Tenants Union.
The Autonomous Tenants Union (ATU) used the funds raised through the 2018 Pedal for Peace to further advance our grassroots organizing alongside tenants, leveraging the power of tenant unions to halt evictions, keep rent affordable, and preserve our community through advocacy and education. We recognize that our struggle for housing justice is deeply connected to other struggles, which is why we collaborate with organizations around the city to mutually support one another in our growth.
In the last year we have seen other tenant organizations from across the city respond to their own oppressive landlords. We have helped train organizers in SOMOS Logan Square, and we trained organizers in Pilsen Alliance and AVODAH in March, 2019. What this tells us is that we are already winning, and folks around the city are seeing these wins, seeing that this process works and wanting to do that on their own in their communities.
Currently ATU is part of the Lift the ban campaign that is trying to repeal the provision at the state level that prohibits rent control to be implemented in any municipality. ATU is collaborating on this coalition and if achieved it will open the door for more campaign organizing around passing a rent control ordinance in the city of Chicago, which will impact tenants across the city for years to come.