There's room for a $15 minimum wage in S.F.'s new economy

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...

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Volunteer With Us This Holiday Season!

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...

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Labor Day Week of Action

"Fight for a Fair Economy, Fight for Jobs with Justice!"

Paige_organizingHelp 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...

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Victory! Now It's Time to Mobilize

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...

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San Francisco Ballot Measures

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), 

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Election Information You Can Use

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.

Voter Assistance...

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Causa Justa::Just Cause State Ballot Endorsements

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.
Position: YES
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...

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Foreclosures Impact CA Voter Turnout



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...

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Movement Building: First Day of Political Education Class

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...

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As the Court Decides Health Reform...

East Oakland Fights for the Basics

by Tram Nguyen

For Colorlines

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...

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1st Joint Membership Meeting of 2012

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/fotos1st_joint_mem_mtg_2012_WO_31





CJJC and Right to The City: Building electoral power

CE_BothIn 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.

Let’s Build a Movement Too Big To Fail

                                     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.

Electoral Organizing Pays Off in the Bay

5008828676_9f755bb418_thumb_medium200_134At a time when it feels like the whole country is out to Tea, our communities are building a progressive stronghold.

At Causa Justa :: Just Cause we know that decisions made in the electoral arena impact our communities. With the former mayor of Oakland set to be state governor, and the former mayor of San Francisco poised as the incoming lieutenant governor, now more than ever we see the importance of our local campaign work here in the Bay.

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