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
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...
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 --
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...
Migration is a Human Right - New work, new shirt!
We’re headed to Washington in January to push the Obama Administration to enact the most pro-active immigration legalization possible. Our communities need an immigrant rights movement today more than ever: from de-linking immigration enforcement and local police, to ensuring young dreamers
In the past year we, along with...
- Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Hayward Hall of Justice 24405 Amador Street, Hayward, California 94544 – Dept 520.
- What you can do:
Show your support by Phone/fax/email blast Today!
Chase Bank CEO Jamie Dimon: Tel: 1-800-548-7912 or 877-682-4273
In the ongoing battle to keep her home, there was a critical victory this week (November 27) with the judge placing the burden of proof on Freddie Mac. (Updated note: Action will be in Hayward: Monday Dec 3, click here for more details)
Nell Myhand, CJJC Homeowner Clinic Coordinator, applied for a loan modification and was turned down three times...
Organizing and persistence works. The auction of the Bottom family home of 50 years is cancelled and Bank of America has offered them a permanent loan modification at 2% for 40 years!
Patricia Bottom Long advises other foreclosure fighters: “If you can get an advocate like Just Cause/Causa Justa to stand with you… it makes all the difference. Before that,
On Monday, December 3, the first step toward ensuring that the Hassle-Free Housing Ordinance reaches the full Board of Supervisors for approval takes place at a hearing by the Land Use and Economic Development committee at 1 pm at SF City Hall, room 263. If approved, then the proposed ordinance will be heard before the full board at their meeting...
We are hiring an Immigrant Rights Organizer, please support us in finding a person to fill this position! Deadline to apply is January 2nd, 2013.
Immigrant Rights Campaign Organizer
Causa Justa :: Just Cause is a grassroots housing and immigrant justice organization with offices in San Francisco and Oakland. In 2010, CJJC emerged as the strategic collaboration of two powerful...
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 is an important victory for progressives -- it shows that the old ‘coalition’ of white male voters who have swept most candidates into office for the past two centuries has seriously cracked and a new majority is emerging that is much more representative of the communities we work in.
These communities are demanding housing, jobs, immigrant rights, education, and environmental justice, among other things. President Obama made a lot of promises the first time around and did not keep them. This time, we have to make it impossible for him to ignore the people’s mandate. One thing has never been more apparent: we must continue to mobilize and fill the streets. We must demand even louder that the big banks be held accountable, that the government invest money in our communities, that services remain and that immigrants have the right to stay and thrive here.
He has to hear from us.
While progressives don’t have the kind of money someone like the Koch brothers do, what we do have is people power and the ability to mobilize the base.
We have the ability to let people in power know that we won’t stay silent as hundreds of thousands of people lose their homes. We won’t stay silent as Republicans scare us into thinking there is a massive U.S. debt that cannot be repaid. We won’t stay silent over right-wing attacks on women’s rights. We won't stay silent when attempts are made to quash gay rights and immigrant rights. And we won’t stay silent as people like our members, Manuel de Paz and Vida Bottom struggle to stay in their homes, threatened by big bank policies and inflated housing agencies like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac….
Californians approved Prop 30 — an amazing grassroots victory, showing how much people value public education and the importance of taxing the wealthy. The grassroots effort not only got the Governor’s support and raised $6 Billion to prevent school cuts; we also beat back the billionaire opposition coming from out of state, and the attack on workers’ voices, Prop 32.
In San Francisco we passed Props C and E -- a tax that support an affordable housing trust fund; and saved city college from closing (Prop A). As members of SF Rising, we knocked on doors and called thousands of voters about these crucial measures, and the people were with us! On the Board of Supervisors, Eric Mar defended his place as Supervisor for District 1. Sadly, District 5 incumbent Christina Olague was unseated—losing to London Breed. (Photo: Gretta Penélope Hernández)
Working with Oakland Rising and San Francisco...
Wells Fargo is getting examined for its CRA practices right now. We all have a rare opportunity to tell the federal regulator of national banks (Comptroller of the Currency or OCC) whether they think Wells Fargo Bank is meeting community needs. The California Reinvestment Coalition is calling on people across California and the nation to write the Comptroller about Wells Fargo by the end of this month or as close as the first few days of next month (November) as possible..
For the first time in many years, the mega banks are getting real exams. It is our opportunity to be heard. Wells Fargo Bank does payday lending. Wells Fargo Bank has been foreclosing on families across California. Wells Fargo is evicting tenants and leaving houses empty to blight neighborhoods.
Write to bank examiner Scott Wilson at the OCC today. Here's how. Let him know your concerns about Wells Fargo's lack of good CRA practices. A short fact sheet is attached as well as a sample letter that you can modify and send. Please send CRC a copy so that we can let the media know how many Californians and others have weighed in on this. You can also go to www.calreinvest.org.
Once again, to send a letter to: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/7297/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=11954
and send an email from there. Send your comment letter today! You can send it from your organization or as an individual. Tell your friends so they can send a letter too.
Photo: Rob Boudon, Creative CommonsDear friends,
This is the state of where things are at:
1) We have not scratched the surface of people's needs.
2) Everyone is coming to us in the community.
3) Where is the leadership of this City? Where is FEMA?
This is what we need immediately:
1) Donations. Specifically-- food, water, flashlights, batteries (AA, AAA, D).
2) Volunteers. To help with outreach, distribution of supplies, and organizing/moving people.
3) Take action.
And of course, we can always use financial donations.
We are still operating from 10am-5pm each day until electricity comes back on in the neighborhood and when the City decides that our communities are...
We are thrilled to announce that years of public pressure that CJJC helped lead finally pushed Wells Fargo to change course.
The bank faces a re-certification hearing under the Community Reinvestment Act, and in preparation for that hearing finally got rid of the majority of its investments in private prisons /detention centers that turn a profit from detaining immigrants and people of color.
CJJC led the fight to include this anti-racist demand for prison divestment to Bay Area regional bank accountability coalition work. Many of you were there when we mobilized at Wells Fargo's shareholder meetings for the past 3 years, and saw how we made this demand a strong and visible part of these actions.
Our Black and Latino members built solidarity with each other through the conversations about criminalization, and were leaders in this broader fight; connecting prison divestment to our ongoing work for housing rights and progressive taxation.
Thanks to all of you who supported this work, took direct action, closed your Wells Fargo bank accounts, and helped spread the word. The fight to put Big Banks in their place goes on, invigorated by this success!