Grassroots Global Justice Alliance members from around the country will take part in a global 24-hour feminist action by the World March of Women. This action also serves as the launch of the US Chapter of the WMW and will be part of actions in 10-15 other cities in the US at the same time.
Action in SF
Youth, parents and young adults of Bayview Hunters Point marched up Third Street Saturday, April 4, carrying large banners with the faces and names of many of the Black youth and adults who have been lost to violence in Bayview and across San Francisco in the last year. [click here for more photos]
“We are the family members, friends, and neighbors of all those who lost their loved ones. We are missing them and mourning over all the tragic losses this community has suffered,” said Marla Bell, of the Bayview-based Conscious Queens. “We are the last 3 percent of the Black community left in this city. We need each other, and we will do all that we can to fight for the futures of all our young people.”
The Bayview Start the Healing march comes on the heels of the growing national Black Lives Matter movement that grew in response to the police and vigilante murders of Trayvon Martin in Florida, Michael Brown in Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York.
Over the last year a new generation of Black activists have led a series of mobilizations and direct actions, including the BART shutdown on Black Friday last November, more than 3,000 people who filled the Mall of America last December, and hundreds of other marches and actions in Ferguson, New York, Oakland, Chicago, Baltimore, and even as far as Soweto, South Africa.
“The Black Lives Matter movement has been clear from the outset that the vision of this growing struggle is not only about ending racist police violence, but also about lifting up and defending the value of Black lives in all contexts---from our housing conditions, the medical care we receive in hospitals, and the conditions of our schools,” said march organizer Rheema Calloway.
"We should put aside our differences, look at our similarities and come together as a whole community -- not only to end oppression but also to learn about systemic issues that keep us divided,” said Janetta Johnson of TGI Justice Project and TAJA's Coalition.
The Trans Activists for Justice and Accountability Coalition (TAJA's Coalition) came together united in anger and outrage over the murder of Taja Gabrielle de Jesus in early February 2015 in the Bayview.
As the march edged toward Martin Luther King Park, stops along Kirkwood, Palou and Quesada streets marked some of the places where lives have been lost.
Family and community built a series of altars filled with photos, candles and mementos, lifting up the memories and spirits of those who have been killed.
The march ended with a community healing circle where people spoke of the resilience and love for each other and for the growing movement, as children played nearby with activities set up for them.
Just a few weeks left before we celebrate five years at Causa Justa and 30 years of history at our anniversary event, Powerful Together, ¡Pa’lante! Our event takes place May 28th at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 6-9pm 388 9th St. #290 in Oakland.
We’re excited to tell you that our keynote speaker is none other than W. Kamau Bell!
“Powerful beyond words” is how Rosario Cervantes described the experience of witnessing San Francisco teacher, Nancy Obregon speaking truth boldly to Maximus representatives, with each phrase enthusiastically echoed by some 350+ community voices in the room.
"I am a teacher. Born and raised in San Francisco. I’ve been teaching for 21 years. I’ve affected over a...
From top left to right: Myriam at 2013 CJJC holiday celebration; Counseling a tenant; inspiring another tenant; talking with staff member Jaron Browne. Photos CJJC archives.
Myriam Begins New Adventure
Myriam Zamora is fond of pulling on her revolutionary Nicaraguan roots to offer inspiration and support, often reciting sayings and poems in Spanish to worried tenants who come in to...
Thousands of people joined in the Reclaim MLK march in Oakland on January 19, beginning at the Fruitvale BART station. The action, which marked the birthday of the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., had special meaning as a wave of actions calling for racial justice and the end of police initiated targeting and murders grew. Our first...
Our longtime sister organization, People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER) has merged into Causa Justa. As of January 1, 2015 Causa Justa :: Just Cause now includes the staff, members, campaigns, and amazing history and legacy of POWER as we have become one, more POWERful organization. With the merger, POWER staff have joined us - as you can see from...
After a national lawsuit, dozens of direct actions, online petitions, op-eds and ceaseless pressure we are pleased to report that Right to the City alliance (RTTC) Homes For All campaign, of which we are a part, finally won funding to the National Housing Trust Fund!
Mel Watt, the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), announced his directive last...
Oakland protest after Ferguson grand jury announcement, Nov. 24. Photo: Jaron Browne
Last week the St. Louis County grand jury failed to indict police officer Darren Wilson, the cop who shot and killed 18-year-old, unarmed Michael Brown on a hot summer day and left him in the street for four hours in Ferguson, Missouri
As an organization based in the...
Big Money, distortions damage Prop G.
Despite a powerful, coordinated, grassroots campaign, Proposition G, the Anti-Speculation Tax, went down at the polls in initial results. The Real Estate lobby outspent the tenant side by 12-to-1, flooding voters' mailboxes with a dozen mailings, twisting and contorting the issue. From the beginning, it was an uphill battle, working to...
¡Español sigue!There could be no better tribute to the late great housing rights fighter Ted Gullicksen then this past Tuesday’s tenant right’s victory dedicated to the fight against local and global displacement.
Tuesday, October 21, CJJC members led the way, winning a victory not just for Black and Latin@ families, but for the renter majority in Oakland.
Our Tenant Protection Ordinance...
This past Tuesday the Community and Economic Development Committee heard testimony from courageous tenants, Just Cause leaders, and allies who all spoke out in support of the Tenant Protection Ordinance (TPO) in Oakland. Along with all the supporters were a lot of landlords and 2 major landlord groups – the East Bay Rental Housing Association and the Jobs and Housing Coalition, who came out in opposition to the TPO. The council delayed the debate on the TPO and are continuing it to Tuesday, October 14th for the debate and vote.
This Tuesday, is a major CALL-IN day to tell the City Council loud and clear that we need them to pass the TPO and not to water it down.
Please pick up the phone call the following councilmembers (in this order if you dont have much time) :
When you call, give them this simple message:
Councilmember, I am calling to urge you to pass the Tenant Protection Ordinance to protect Oakland's renters and families from displacement.
We want the TPO to:
· Apply to as many units as possible! Don't leave anyone out of these protections
· Have civil penalties! This will be what deters bad landlords from using intimidation to push out their tenants
· TO BE PASSED NOW! Do not let the elections or any other reason delay a protection that is needed today.
That's it. You can add whatever you want. Tell them your story. Tell them why it is particularly important to you. But whatever you do, call today - It's Tenants Rights Tuesday!
NEXT TENANTS RIGHTS...
Causa Justa :: Just Cause Slate Card
How to Vote on Tuesday, November 4! ¡Español sique!
State Ballot Initiatives
Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act of 2014
Position: Yes, Yes, Yes!
Proposition 47 is a step towards addressing the unjust mass incarceration of poor communities and people of color. This proposition reduces penalties from felonies to misdemeanors for those who have not committed violent or serious crimes. As a result, it will reduce the state’s prison population allowing California to direct hundreds of millions in prison savings per year to K-12 education, victim services, and mental health and drug treatment programs. It will also reduce barriers to employment and housing for formerly incarcerated individuals charged of petty crimes. Vote yes to Prop 47.
Prop 2 (formerly Prop 44)
Rainy Day budget
Prop 2 will force the legislature and governor to save state money in order to decrease state debt. We need to prioritize resourcing underfunded state programs for services our people need - not “saving for a rainy day” when people need services now. Vote no on Prop 2.
Healthcare Insurance Rate Changes
Proposition 45 protects low-income families from unfair health, home, auto insurance rates based on prior coverage and credit history. This proposition requires insurance companies to disclose and justify their rates. Vote yes on Prop 45.
City of Oakland
Oakland Minimum Wage Increase
Position: Yes, Yes, Yes!
Measure FF raises Oakland’s minimum wage to $12.25/hr and will provide over 40,000 of Oakland’s workers with paid sick days. Working families at the current minimum wage of $9/hr cannot cover the rising cost of basic housing and living expenses. That’s why we are voting yes on this measure. Raising the wage floor is the least we can do to address the growing wealth gap.
Creating an Oakland Redistricting Commission
Measure DD will create an Oakland Redistricting Commission so residents can provide critical input on the redistricting process. This commission will put democratic power back into the hands of residents. The redistricting process will no longer rest solely in the hands of City Council. Outreach to residents will be required to ensure the commission is diverse and open to all residents regardless of citizenship status. Support people power and democracy by voting yes on Measure DD.
Alameda County Transportation Commission Sales Tax
Measure BB aims to expand and modernize BART in Alameda County through the renewal of a transportation sales tax. Residents of Oakland need reliable transportation and this measure intends to improve transit connections to jobs and schools and keep fares reasonable for seniors, students, and disabled people.
City of Oakland Ethics Commission
Measure CC will strengthen the checks and balances at City Hall. By increasing the budget of the commission, it ensures a more rigorous investigation of elected officials if corruption occurs.
Allies and Supporters -
Thousands of Oakland's tenants are being intimidated by their landlords, harassed, or neglected in the landlords attempts to push them out. We have worked with Council member Dan Kalb to draft an ordinance that will stop this behavior and fine landlords that intimidate or threaten tenants, and we need your support to get the council to pass it.
The Tenant Protection Ordinance (TPO) will define harassment to include 16 different methods that we have seen landlords use to push tenants out of their homes in Oakland. In its definition of harassment it names: neglect to make basic repairs, physical and verbal threats, the threat of calling ICE, and a number of other actions that will be punishable with administrative and civil penalties. It gives tenants the ability to both make complaints directly to the city and take legal action against landlords who violate the rights that all tenants have to healthy housing.
Tell Your Story
Let's show the media and City government just how serious the situation is in Oakland. Post your story about harassment or eviction on our blog today. Each entry will be sent directly to the City Councilmembers and the press to build the case for this new law. We wont use your name unless you include it. Don't have a personal experience with harassment? Check out the BLOG to see stories others are posting.
Make this Quick Phone Call Tuesday, October 7th
Dear Members, Friends and Allies,
This past Tuesday the Community and Economic Development Committee heard testimony from courageous tenants, Causa Justa / Just Cause leaders, and allies who all spoke out in support of the Tenant Protection Ordinance (TPO) in Oakland. Along with all the supporters were a lot of landlords and two major landlord groups – the East Bay Rental Housing Association and the Jobs and Housing Coalition, who came out in opposition to the TPO. The council delayed the debate on the TPO and continued it to Tuesday, October 14th for the debate and vote.
Today is a major CALL-IN day to tell the City Council loud and clear that we need them to pass the TPO and not to water it down.
Please pick up the phone and call the following councilmembers (in this order if you dont have much time) :
Lynette McElhaney (District 3) (510) 238-7003 This email address is being...