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!
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...
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...
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 community groups. This is a first step in our fight to amend Proposition 13 which was passed in 1978 and created tax loopholes that allow corporations to get away with not paying their fair share. It temporarily increases taxes on people who earn over $250,000 and raises sales tax by a .25-cent. It is expected to raise $6.8-$9 billion in the first year, and $5.4 billion to $7.6 billion the following years. Income tax expires in 7 years, sales tax in four. Creates
a protected education account, allocating 89% to K-12 and 11% to community colleges. 90% of the revenue comes from the top 1% and it brings desperately needed income to our schools, clinics, and outher vital services.
AFSCME, CFT,CTA, CFA,CSEA, AFT, SEIU State Council, UDW, CA Labor Federation, University of California Regents,
Reclaim CA’s Future, CA League of Women Voters, CA Democratic Party.
Californians for Reforms and Jobs, Not Taxes Committee, The National Federation of Independent Business/California, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, and the Small Business Action Committee.
Proposition 31. State Budget. State and Local Government. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute
Proposition 31 creates two-year budgeting cycles and prohibits the legislature from creating expenditures of more than $25 million unless revenues or spending cuts are identified, and gives the Governor power to make unilateral budget cuts during fiscal emergencies. Prop 31 also requires performance reviews of all state programs. It will decrease state revenues and increase local revenues, by about $200 million annually, beginning in 2013-14.
Nicolas Berggruen Institute Trust, Californians for Government Accountability Committee, California Forward Action Fund, Think Long Committee for California.
AFSCME, CA Democratic Party, CA Labor Federation.
Proposition 32. Prohibits Political Contributions by Payroll Deduction. Prohibitions on Contributions to Candidates. Initiative Statute.
Proposition 32 is an attack on unions and prohibits unions from using dues collected from payroll deductions for political purposes. It takes away the power of workers to impact state and local political fights and destroys a major part of the movement’s fundraising infrastructure. Prop 32 restricts unions and some corporations from making contributions to candidates; but several types of corporations like Sole Proprietorships, Real Estate Investment Trusts, LLCs, LLPs, are exempted from these restrictions and will still be able to contribute unlimited amounts to campaigns. There aren’t any restrictions on contributions from secret donors or PACs. Corporations shouldn’t be able to put money into politics if Unions can’t. Enforcing this will cost several hundred thousand dollars annually in enforcement costs, with some of the cost being offset by payments of fines.
Howard Jarvis Tax payer Association, National Federation of Independent Business/California, Gloria...
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 canvassers for the recent Community Health Fair in Oakland and CJJC member, shares: "I had to have an inner change. Before I wanted to do things to help other people, I needed to help myself first."
Alvira Wong, of Asian Pacific Environmental Network, (APEN) talks about transformative organizing and what the group she was in talked about.
Lillian Turner, canvasser for CJJC for the Community Health Fair in Oakland, and a CJJC member, talked about how transformative organizing is in opposition to the power structures of colonialism, patriarchy, racism and more.
Dawn Phillips, CJJC Co-Director, facilitating the Conscious Organizer Training series.
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 determined in a study believed to be the first to assess the effect of foreclosure on political participation. Voters who remained in neighborhoods impacted by foreclosure were less likely to vote than individuals in more stable communities, the researchers discovered.
The findings of Estrada-Correa and Johnson appear in "Foreclosure Depresses Voter Turnout: Neighborhood Disruption and the 2008 Presidential Election in California," published in the peer-reviewed journal Social Science Quarterly and available online.
The journal is published by the Southwestern Social Science Association.
Nationally more than 3.5 million families were dislocated by foreclosures in 2008. In California, nearly 641,000 homes were lost to foreclosure between the first quarter of 2008 and the first quarter of 2011. Communities in the Inland Empire in Southern California and the Central Valley were hit especially hard. People of color and low-income homeowners were more likely to experience foreclosure.
Estrada-Correa and Johnson examined foreclosure data and voter-turnout records by ZIP code, controlling for factors such as poverty, ethnicity and proportion of neighborhood residents with a four-year college degree. They found that in communities with a large proportion of residents displaced by foreclosure even the neighbors who remained in their homes were less likely to cast ballots.
"Neighborhoods affect the political participation of their residents," the scholars wrote. "Other things being equal, individuals are more likely to vote when they live in places where neighbors vigorously participate in politics, while individuals are less likely to vote when their neighbors are less civically active. Given that foreclosure creates instability in communities, areas that experience higher levels of foreclosure have lower voter turnout."
A body of research on voter turnout has found that homeowners are more likely to go to the polls than renters, and people who have lived in their homes for longer periods of time have a much higher turnout rate than people who have only lived in their current residence for a short period of time. That trend holds true among residents of high- and low-income neighborhoods.
The issue is not only one of an involuntarily mobile electorate facing challenges of reregistering at a new address or with no address—courts have ruled that even a park bench can serve as a lawful address for voter registration, the researchers said, citing Maria Foscarinis, executive director of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty.
Foscarinis points out that "as a practical matter, registering, holding on to your documents and even focusing on your civic rights and duties may be impossible when basic survival needs are at stake."
Foreclosure disrupts neighborhoods both by removing invested members of the community, as well as exposing others who remain in the neighborhood to economic anxieties, Estrada-Correa and Johnson...
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...