Over the course of just five days, 500 supporters came forward to support a Bay Area that puts people first.
Thanks to your collective generosity, we've raised $40,595, exceeding our goal by $30,000+. A BIG thank you to each and every one of you.
Your support will help to:
¥ Get thousands to the polls...
Vanessa Moses and Josué Arguelles
Published in SF Gate, Tuesday, May 6, 2014
It's been 10 years since San Francisco raised its minimum wage to the highest in the country. Today, we find ourselves in a new economy. Yet day laborers, domestic workers and restaurant and retail workers face the same struggles as in 2004. Despite San Francisco's affluence, workers are...
End the year on a good note ~ Come volunteer with us at Causa Justa :: Just Cause!
It's that time again-- when everyone is wrapping things up, celebrating the end of the year and preparing for the next.
There are lots of loose ends we need support with in tying up our year. Here are a few volunteer activities...
"Fight for a Fair Economy, Fight for Jobs with Justice!"
Help us build broader support for and deeper solidarity among all the different actions/campaigns and the organizations anchoring them.
Oakland Low Wage/Fast Food Workers Rally (Nat’l Day of Action)
Thursday, August 29th, 4pm, AFL-CIO Labor Temple, 8400 Enterprise Way, Oakland
Anchor groups: ACCE, EBASE, SEIU
“Call the Governor" Action for CA Domestic...
Photo: Gretta Penélope Hernández. At Hua Zang Si | 美國舊金山華藏寺. in San Francisco.
In Every Barrio, on Every Block, Organize!
Despite massive voter suppression and intimidation tactics, hours-long waits at the ballot box, misleading leaflets telling people to vote on the wrong day, and tens of millions of dollars in SuperPAC money, Obama pulled out a victory Tuesday. This...
San Francisco Rising- The People’s Voter Guide
Brought to you by SF Rising's member organizations: Causa Justa :: Just Cause , Chinese Progressive Association (CPA), Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth, Dolores Street Community Services, Filipino Community Center (FCC), Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA), People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER), People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Rights (PODER), South...
Dates to Remember
- 10/30 Last day to request a Vote-by-Mail Ballot by mail
- 11/6 Election Day - If you are voting by mail, the ballot must be received on Election Day. You can drop it off at a polling place, as long as the polls are open. Polls are open 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Election Day is coming up soon. Know what you are voting for!
Proposition 30. Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Proposition 30 is the result of a historic compromise between the Restore California Coalition and Governor Jerry Brown, the first time a governor had to negotiate directly with a coalition of...
Other Sciences / Social Sciences
California neighborhoods reeling from record foreclosures also experienced lower levels of voter turnout in the 2008 presidential election, according to researchers at the University of California, Riverside.
Voters who lost their homes were not the only ones who appear to have been affected, sociologist Vanesa Estrada-Correa and political scientist Martin Johnson...
Here are some snaps from our Developing the Conscious Organizer Series that began June 6, 2012. Enjoy!
Movement building with allies Commuities United Against Violence (CUAV), Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA), Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), & Street Level Health! At least 50 people packed the class at our West Oakland office.
Jonathan Bean, one of our...
East Oakland Fights for the Basics
by Tram Nguyen
Kimberly Shanklin drives slowly through the narrow residential streets of East Oakland in her gray van. When she spots a goateed, dreadlocked young man crossing the street, Shanklin stops the car and calls out to him. “Excuse me! I just wanna give you some information. About a free community health fair.” She digs around in her green tote bag for a flyer, while the man shakes his head and keeps walking. “You can sign up for health insurance!”
He changes his mind and turns around, taking a flyer and nodding wordlessly at her before walking away. Undeterred, Shanklin starts driving again. “Sometimes, some people think we might be undercovers out here,” she says, laughing cheerfully. With her effervescent smile, big white hoop earrings and bedazzled nails dressing up her red t-shirt and black jeans, Shanklin doesn’t look like the 42-year-old mom that she is.
For the past six weeks, the groups Causa Justa:Just Cause, Communities for a Better Environment, Oakland Community Organizations, and Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment have sent teams of workers like Shanklin out to knock on doors every day talking to Oakland residents about healthcare and an upcoming community fair being held at Laney College. Their goal is to enroll poor and working-class people in healthcare coverage that’s newly available to them under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Obama Administration healthcare law passed in 2009.
After visiting a house with an elderly couple who are undecided about whether they’ll make it to the health fair, Shanklin walks up to Tiffany Darnell’s house.
“Hi, how ya doin’? I’m Kimberly from Causa Justa:Just Cause, and we’re giving out information for a free community health fair this May 19. We’re trying to focus on people who don’t have healthcare.”
Darnell cuts her off there. “Are they gonna be working on your teeth? ‘Cause I can see the doctor sort of, but I don’t have dental.”
“They’re doing screenings, and LifeLong’s gonna be there and they have dental,” Shanklin tells her. After chatting a bit, she finds out that Darnell worked at Highland Hospital as a housekeeper for 10 years before getting laid off recently. She still has Medi-Cal, California’s version of the federal low-income program Medicaid, but the state cut coverage for dental care in 2009.
“I chipped a back part of my teeth,” Darnell says. “They still give the children dental, so my daughter at least is not gonna walk around like her mama here.” Back in the van, Shanklin sympathizes. She doesn’t have dental coverage either. And now that she’s been laid off from her job of 12 years, working at a homeless shelter, she’s falling behind on rent too. “I’m not worried,” she says stoically. “Something will come up, it has to.”
While health reform faces a Supreme Court ruling this June on its constitutionality, California has pledged to move forward in implementing the ACA at the state level. Massive preparations have been underway to...
Check out what we've been up to:
• Oakland’s General Strike On November 2nd, approximately 50,000 people turned out to mass actions held during the Oakland General Strike called by the General Assembly of Occupy Oakland at Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant Plaza, and supported by dozens of community based organizations, unions, and activist groups. The actions shut down every major bank in downtown Oakland, including Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and Chase, and then shut down the port, and in the process built solidarity beyond anything we have seen in the SF Bay Area since the days of the movement against the US war on Vietnam. CJJC brought our folks out in force and bottom-lined the first march of the day which successfully shut down Wells Fargo.
• Foreclose on Wall Street West Seeing lots of alignment between the critique of Wall Street and our bank accountability campaign work against Wells Fargo, we helped organize the first mobilization on October 12th to “Foreclose Wall Street West”. With hundreds of others, we shut down Wells Fargo’s corporate headquarters in San Francisco, demanding a moratorium on foreclosures, the defense of the rights of tenants in foreclosed properties belonging to Wells Fargo, divestment in the GEO group which runs private prisons to incarcerate immigrants, an end to predatory lending through payday loans, and that Wells Fargo pay their fair share in taxes.
• Immigrant Rights We have been making major headway in helping to pass the TRUST Act, which would grant local counties the ability to opt in or out of the federally sponsored “Secure Communities” legislation (S-Comm). In May, CJJC members testified at a hearing on the TRUST Act at the state capitol, helping to pass the bill through the Assembly’s Public Safety Committee. Later, several African-American members testified on the connections between foreign policy, NAFTA, migration push factors, indigenous rights, and Black-Brown unity at a hearing on the TRUST Act before the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, also helping to pass a resolution in support of the bill.
• Tenant Rights Clinics During all this excitement, CJJC has continued to provide free tenant counseling and case management, five days a week, to help low-income residents advocate for themselves when they face rent increases, evictions, and harassment.
Causa Justa :: Just Cause held its first Joint Membership Meeting of the year in our new location in West Oakland!Primero reunión de miembros de 2012. Here are some photos/fotos
In coordination with the Right to the City Alliance, Causa Justa :: Just Cause has been anchoring the Bay Area Engaged Voter Organizing trainings. This has been a dynamic and inspiring process of bringing our San Francisco and Oakland electoral allies together to build our collective expertise in running successful civic engagement programs.
Our goal has been to develop an electoral organizing model that combines voting and community organizing toward the goal of building power in working class communities. We believe that the work of engaged voter organizing needs to go beyond just getting people out to vote. It means engaging communities to fight for issues that are important to them long after the election is over. Groups that carry out engaged voter organizing build long-term relationships and institutions within their communities to develop leadership, build membership and advocate on issues.
Participants in the trainings have learned everything from the history of the U.S. suffrage movement, to developing effective field plans, to developing skills in canvassing and phone banking, to how to use voter databases. These leaders will then go on to train others in their organizations and communities – because there is power in numbers!
Right To The City organizations in New York, Florida, and Virginia are also running similar trainings so that our impact will not only be local but national in scale.