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Asociacion de Vendedores Ambulantes (Street Vendors Association) Records , 1986-1995
MSS 053  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Organizational History
  • Scope and Content
  • Related Material at the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Asociacion de Vendedores Ambulantes (Street Vendors Association) Records ,
    Date (inclusive): 1986-1995
    Collection number: MSS 053
    Creator: Asociacion de Vendedores Ambulantes
    Extent: 4 legal boxes and 4 audiocassetes

    1 1/3 linear feet
    Repository: Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research
    Los Angeles, CA 90044
    Abstract: 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.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Provenance

    Donated to Library by unknown donor, c. 1996.

    Access

    The collection is available for research only at the Library's facility in Los Angeles. The Library is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Researchers are encouraged to call or email the Library indicating the nature of their research query prior to making a visit.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research. Researchers may make single copies of any portion of the collection, but publication from the collection will be allowed only with the express written permission of the Library's director. It is not necessary to obtain written permission to quote from a collection. When the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research gives permission for publication, it is as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Asociacion de Vendedores Ambulantes (Street Vendors Association) Records , Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research, Los Angeles, California.

    Organizational History

    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.
    The Street Vendors Association; La Asociacion de Vendedores Ambulantes (A.V.A.) was organized by the street vendors themselves to help mobilize other street vendors in the fight for street vendor's rights. The organization not only organized around such issues as passing a street vending ordinance but also aided street vendors by providing them with loans and educational resources

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains minutes, correspondence, flyers, testimony, reports, articles, clippings, notes, newsletters, financial statements, and proposals. It contains materials created or collected by the Street Vendors Association during the 1980's and 1990's. The Street Vendors Association, which mobilized the street vendors in Los Angeles, organized grants, reports, letter writing, street vendor testimonies, large informational and protest meetings, and proposals regarding the street vendor's struggle to legalize street vending in Los Angeles.
    Three quarters of the material pertain to the administration and financing of the Street Vendors Association, including minutes, work notes, correspondence, financial statements, etc. The majority of the rest concerns the Street Vendor's Association's activities in organizing street vendors around issues regarding the passage of a street vending ordinance and the formation of a special sidewalk vending district. Other concerns ranged from documenting street vendors testimonies against police abuse to providing educational resources for street vendors. Approximately fifty percent of the documents in this collection are in Spanish.

    Arrangement

    The collection is divided into three series: 1. Administration, 2. Finance, and 3. Vendor's Rights Movement.

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    - Various sub-topics and unions, by name
    Contemporary Heritage File - See following

    Title: Various immigrant organizations