‘¡Sí se puede!’ is rallying cry for housing activists

Liz Krueger

December 12, 2008

By Diane Vacca

Rallying to save rent-stabilized housing, an estimated at 1,000 tenants and their allies from dozens of organizations citywide packed the Ethical Culture Society on W. 64th St. Tuesday night, overflowing into the back, sides and balcony of the auditorium. They began the rally by singing to the lively sounds of the Rude Mechanical Orchestra marching band, chanting "¡Sí se puede!" ("Yes we can!") and calling for an end to vacancy decontrol, a mechanism that allows rent-controlled and rent-stabilized apartments to be deregulated when they are vacated and the rent reaches $2,000.

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