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Asociacion de Vendedores Ambulantes (Street Vendors Association) Records , 1986-1995
MSS 053  
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This collection contains materials created or collected by the Asociacion de Vendedores Ambulantes [A.V.A.] also known as the Street Vendors Association, an organization, which mobilized the street vendors fight to legalize street vending in Los Angeles. It includes significant Spanish language materials.
In the late 1980's, street vendors began organizing to legalize street vending in Los Angeles, the only major city in the United States that had outlawed such street sales. Due to a rise in Latin American immigration in the 1980's, street vending in Los Angeles increased, as many new immigrants struggled to make a daily living through street vending. Thousands of vendors risked arrest since vending in Los Angeles was a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Vendors also risked having their goods confiscated by police and would often experience police abuse and harassment. As a result, vendors and their advocates organized a vendor's rights movement, which fought to legalize street vending in Los Angeles.
4 legal boxes and 4 audiocassetes

1 1/3 linear feet
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