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CANE: Citizens Against Nihonmachi Eviction, 1973

The giant mall known as “Japantown” was once the thriving center of the Japanese American community in San Francisco. During the sixties and seventies, giant corporations conspired with the City’s Redevelopment Agency to displace many low-income Japanese Americans. The Citizens Against Nihonmachi Eviction (C.A.N.E.) was formed in 1973 to fight the eviction of low-income people and small businesses. They successfully mobilized thousands of people to demonstrate against City Hall and Kintetsu, and forcibly occupied several buildings slated for destruction, much as the tenants did at the International Hotel.