The Coops founders, believing a brand new world was in birth, saw their community as one more step toward the inevitable revolution. Pete Rosenblum was 2 years old when his family, who owned a nearby bakery, moved into the Coops. "We were expected to conquer the world," he says. "This was going to be the main headquarters."The Coops were also at the forefront of breaking racial barriers. Coops residents organized to save die Scottsboro Boys, nine young black men and boys who, in 1931, were accused in Scottsboro, Ala., of raping two white women, fellow trainhoppers, in a railway car. And in the early '30S, the Communist Party directed the Coops' management to invite AfricanAmerican families to move in. As a result, it became one of the first integrated housing complexes in die nation - and home to some of the only black kids in America to speak Yiddish."They voted at that meeting to not pay the dollar-a-month increase," says blum."And one of the arguments was since we were the leaders of the munity, that if the Coops people voted increase their rent, all the otiier would say, 'Hey the Coops raised their so therefore we can raise your rent.' " community lost the deeds to their buildings and the BX Corporation were the new owners. Yet through the 1950's, the radical spirit that built the Coops continued with the tenants' association that dealt with the new owners.