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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