Five Arrested For Protesting DeMarco at House Financial Services Hearing
Shirley from @CVHaction repping #homes4all demanding principal reduction
Washington, DC—A group of 15 Americans in need of affordable housing crashed a Financial Services hearing on the Hill today, where FHFA Acting Director Ed DeMarco was speaking, to protest the Bush appointee’s failed policies and demand an end to his tenure. Five...
Saying that housing is a basic human right, about 75 protesters gathered in downtown Oakland Wednesday as part of the new Homes for All campaign. The grassroots movement, launched with similar events in 11 cities nationwide, asks President Obama and other elected leaders to develop a plan to expand and protect affordable housing.
On February 12 & 13, staff and members of Causa Justa :: Just Cause and allies from around the country are headed to Washington DC to call attention to the need for a real and fair plan for immigration reform. Four people representing CJJC include two staff members and two member leaders: Mai-stella Khantouche and Maria Hernandez.
250+ Immigrant Workers Gather to Stop Deportations, Ensure Inclusive Reform
On the day of the President's State of the Union address, reconstruction workers from post-Sandy New York, raided factory workers from Chicago, guestworkers from New Orleans, day laborers,
Comrades, two of our beloved members, who have been together for 26 years, and both of whom have been members since 2009, need our help. They have marched alongside us at countless actions, donated food and drinks to our member meetings, and have participated actively in our Cafes, in short they have contributed to our movement for social justice and...
By Jarymar Arana
Community members of all colors, genders, races, ages, and immigration status gave witness to the injustice and flawed nature of the so called "secure-communities" program at the Alameda County Public Protection Committee Hearing on the policy of ICE Detainers, January 10. The room was filled, and there were about 30 or 40 testimonies -- all against S-Comm.
Join us at the Alameda County Public Protection Committee Hearing on "ICE Detainers" January 10th 1:00pm @ 1221 Oak Street #512, Oakland CA, 94612 .
For the past two and a half years we have been pushing for an end to S-Comm and this is the first hearing in Alameda County where the Board of Supervisors will hear directly from our...
ProPublica Ongoing Investigation
by Jesse Eisinger and Cora Currier, ProPublica, Jan. 2, 2013, 10:09 a.m.
In the aftermath of the financial crisis, American taxpayers poured $187.5 billion into two huge but poorly understood companies: Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.
Now controlled by the government, the companies play an even larger role in the economy than they did before the crisis...
Homeowners, Renters and Homeless families Unite For Secure, Affordable Housing For All
Fannie Mae wants Virginia Wooten and her son on the street by October 8. You hear “Fannie Mae” and think of a kind aunt that will do anything to help you out. Not this Fannie Mae. This Fannie Mae does not care that Ms. Wooten has been in her...
Movement to pass TRUST Act spurs new guidelines from ICE, but few families will be kept together in practice
Announcement underscores need for Gov. Brown to sign TRUST Act to fill in significant gaps in policy
On Friday, Dec. 21, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) announced revisions to the controversial Secure Communities deportation program and immigration detainer requests.
In response to the announcement, Reshma Shamasunder, Executive Director of the California Immigrant Policy Center, issued the following statement:
"[Friday's] announcement by ICE regarding the S-Comm program reaffirms what immigrant advocates have been calling for after several years of watching the program's disastrous results in communities throughout California: S-comm is a program that should be scrapped because it makes no one safer and tears families apart. It further validates the painful experiences of ice cream and tamale vendors, domestic violence survivors, and so many other community members who have unfairly faced deportation.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
What: Protest against Ellis Act Evictions
When: Weds., Dec. 19 @ Noon
Where: 18th & Castro at the Xmas tree
Who: Tenants facing evictions in 3 neighborhoods; Housing groups
Manuel de Paz feels like a weigh has lifted off his shoulders. He has been fighting for his home for a long time. After being "dual-tracked" by Bank of America -- who tried to sell his Oakland home at auction in August 2012 while at the same time De Paz having an open loan modification application with the bank -- CJJC organized a raucous protest outside a B of A branch.[see story and details here]
The bank then assigned a "social media" representative to monitor the loan modification process.
It took four more months of back and forth with the bank, but this week of Dec.10, 2012, the bank offered De Paz a temporary loan modification at a low interest and thus lowering his payments.
This is a significant victory because De Paz declined to pay his mortgage on his home which is seriously underwater. He had been working long hours and was no longer willing to work 12-14 hours a day, two jobs, six days a week to pay the bank for a home worth a fraction of the mortgage.
De Paz, who provides social services to immigrants and refugees at a local church, understands the power of unity to fight for our rights.
We will be closed Monday, Dec. 24-Tuesday, Jan. 2. On Jan 2 our office will be open only from 1-5 PM. Below are resources if you are having a housing emergency over the holidays. Para español, haga una click aqui.
Eviction Defense Collaborative (EDC)
1. Unlawful Detainer...
Housing and community groups join forces to push lawmakers to pass the Hassle-Free Housing Ordinance
What: Press conference and rally in front of SF City Hall When: Monday, Dec. 10 at noon
Why: To push lawmakers to pass the proposed Hassle-Free Housing Ordinance and to announce our disappointment that movement on this proposed ordinance has been delayed.
Who: Tenants speaking out against the growing epidemic of tenant harassment as an eviction tactic and the affect it has had on their lives.
Harassment is often used as a retaliatory tool when tenants assert their rights. Tenants should not fear that speaking up about illegal eviction attempts, habitability issues, or illegal rent increases would make them targets of harassment.
Harassment can affect all tenants in San Francisco and particularly impacts already-vulnerable renters such as elders, tenants with disabilities, immigrants, tenants whose primary language is not English and low-income tenants.
Hassle Free Housing Ordinance
The Hassle-Free Housing Ordinance will strengthen existing protections against tenant harassment by creating a clear and tenant-accessible avenue for enforcement.
Currently when a tenant is harassed by a landlord the option for enforcing protections under the Rent Ordinance is to hire a lawyer and file a lawsuit against the landlord. Many tenants who come to housing rights groups for help because they are being harassed - low-income tenants of color, seniors, tenants with disabilities, immigrant tenants - do not have the resources to hire a lawyer and so the harassment continues until the tenants decide to leave.
The Hassle-Free Housing Ordinance will make it possible for a harassed tenant to get help without having to hire a lawyer. The proposed ordinance will reclassify harassment as an illegal eviction tactic and allow the rent board to hold hearings to verify if harassment is taking place. Additionally, tenants can continue to take their claims for any damages incurred by the harassment to Small Claims Court.
The hope is that by using both the Rent Board and Small Claims court, tenants will have an avenue to more effectively address harassment and protect their rights to stay in their homes.