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“You either become somebody who lays down and takes it, or you just get to that point that you can’t take it anymore and you have no choice but to stand up and fight back.”

A new short documentary opens on Claudia Perez, president of the resident council at a New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) building where she lives. She explains the “intimidation tactics,” invasion of privacy and puntive consequences associated with the blanket ban on public housing residents smoking in their own homes.