Fight for the International Hotel
Maker: Rachael Romero; San Francisco Poster Brigade; Inkworks Press
Date Made: 1977
Place Made: United States: California, Berkeley
Measurements: 58.5 cm x 44.5 cm; 23 1/16 in x 17 1/2 in
Main Subject: Housing; Asian Americans
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Fight for the International Hotel Ipaglaban Ang International Hotel Lucha Por El Hotel Internacional [Chinese Characters] Vivienda Decente Y Barata Es El Derecho De Todo Humano. Es Justo Protestar Contra La Evicción. Karapatan Ng Lahat Ang Mababang Paupopahan. Karapatan Natin Labanan. Decent Low-Income Housing is Everybody's Right. It is Right to Rebel Against Eviction. Join The Phone Tree! Call 982-4249 -Please Post - Not For Sale - San Francisco Poster Brigade InkWorks Labor Donated
Acquisition Number: 2011-048
In October 1968, eviction notices were served to residents of the International Hotel, a low cost residential hotel inhabited by 196 Filipino and Chinese, many of them elderly. When news of the eviction reached students at the University of California at Berkeley and San Francisco State College (renamed San Francisco State University in 1974), the Hotel became a rallying point for political organizing and demonstrations that delayed plans to convert the site into a parking lot for over ten years. This poster features a portrait of Felix Alyson (center), a resident of the International Hotel since 1928. The poster’s text – translated into English, Tagalog, Spanish, and Chinese – addresses the diverse coalition that mobilized around the Hotel. Although it was demolished in 1979, the site remained vacant because city officials and activists rejected any development plan that didn't include low-income housing. In 2005, a new I-Hotel was completed containing 105 apartments of senior housing. A lottery was held to determine priority for occupancy, with the two remaining living residents of the original I-Hotel given priority. The new building also contains a ground-floor community center and a historical display commemorating the original I-Hotel. The San Francisco Poster Brigade made protest posters in San Francisco and New York City from 1975-1981, exhibiting their posters internationally and organizing political art shows.
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