We Won’t Move: Tenants Organize in NYC (2nd edition)

Originally created to accompany the 2015 exhibition We Won’t Move: Tenants Organize in NYC, this second edition is an updated, expanded, English-Spanish bilingual exploration of the past and present of tenant organizing in NYC. We are thrilled to make this essential resource on the history of NYC’s housing justice movement more widely available.

Developed in collaboration with tenant organizations from across the city, We Won’t Move: Tenants Organize in NYC explores the city’s rich history of tenant struggle, including neighborhood resistance to urban renewal in the South Bronx, de-segregation struggles at Stuyvesant Town and in Brooklyn, rent strikes in Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant, the coordinated takeover of vacant housing during Operation Move-In, and repeated campaigns to renew and strengthen the rent laws.

Safe, stable, and affordable housing remains an urgent issue for New Yorkers today, and this volume highlights significant victories since the book’s first  edition, including winning the right to counsel in housing court, legislative victories during the 2019 rent law renewals, ending the cluster-site shelter program, and extending the state and federal eviction moratoriums. We Won’t Move connects the past to the present of NYC’s housing justice movement, and highlights the diverse array of tactics employed by tenant organizers.


  • English and Spanish bilingual edition with dozens of images of archival materials
  • Directory of tenant services and resources, and a glossary of terms
  • Design and data visualization by Partner & Partners.