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    • Immigrant Rights Campaign


      Our Immigrant Rights campaign work is a vital part of our organization’s work. Our focus is on grassroots organizing and leadership development of Latino immigrants to fight for and advance our rights. We do this through our immigrant rights campaign committee —  the body that decides on and advances the local policy fights we take on, through our alliance building and coalition work, as well as through leadership development of committee leaders. This grows our work, their leadership and power. Our policy fights at the city, county, state and national level have advanced the rights of immigrants as well as fought back against the ongoing criminalization of immigrants and entanglement of the criminal justice and immigration systems.

      Rights Based Services

      Another key area of our work is our Rights Based Services in which we focus on education and outreach to communities throughout Alameda and San Francisco counties. We work with schools, community centers and in multi-unit buildings to inform people of their rights and support them in being able to exercise them. Some of the workshops we offer include:


      • Know Your Rights When:
      • Encountering law enforcement
      • Applying for an AB60 california driver’s license
      • Applying for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
      • Applying for DAPA (Deferred Action for Parental Arrivals)
      • Exercising your rights as a tenant


      ImmigrantRightsMarchPolicy Victories:

      Over the years our work alongside our allies has made possible groundbreaking victories. We have been successful in advancing our struggle for immigrant justice significantly at the national, state and local levels.

      • In 2014, we were successful in permanently ending S-comm in Alameda and San Francisco county jails.
      • In 2008, we ended the fast track deportation of undocumented youth by making sure San Francisco ended its juvenile justice collaborating and turning over youth to ICE post adjudication.
      • In 2013, after a three-year campaign, we successfully passed the Trust Act in California, setting the baseline for how counties could disentangle their jails and law enforcement from S-comm.
      • In 2008, we secured the end to the practice of car impoundment of people driving without a license by the San Francisco police department, and ensuring they would allow for someone to assist in picking the car up and not imposing a mandatory 30-day hold as they used to do.
      • In 2007, we were successful in securing the first city ID in San Francisco, making it possible for all people to have an ID stating their residence of that city and county irrespective of immigration status


      Our work in 2015

      Informed. Prepared. Engaged.

      President Obama’s executive action on administrative relief left an approximately 7 million people out while also starting a new Priorities Enforcement Program that we are calling PEP-Comm. This year, our Immigrant Rights Campaign will focus on our rights based services, leadership development work and continuing the fight to end the deportations by disentangling local law enforcement from ICE. This focus we hope will ensure that with the new changes in California law regarding drivers licenses as well as with the expansion of DAPA and DACA, our communities are both informed, prepared and engaged in the fight to advance the rights that are still needed and to end PEP-Comm in our communities.


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    • Housing Rights Campaign

      Our Housing Rights Campaign work is focused on fighting gentrification. We focus on policies, direct actions, basebuilding and coalition work to fight for resident decision making regarding development and pushing the government to prioritize housing and tenants’ rights. We build the power and agency of Black and Latino working class residents in an effort to stop displacement and assert our right to stay in our homes, our neighborhoods and our city.

      MustafaAmyActionWestOaklandOur housing rights campaign work has yielded a number of policy victories and advances in the fight to build tenant power and tenants’ rights in Oakland and San Francisco. In 2014, we were at the forefront of fights to: establish a Rent Cap in Oakland; remove debt service -- a provision that used to allow property owners with negative cash flow to pass on as much as 95 percent of their loan payments to tenants; and passing the Tenant Protection Ordinance - an ordinance that defines and outlaws landlord harassment and neglect. In San Francisco, we won the buyout legislation and the Ellis Act relocation ordinance, as well as pushed back the timeline for a proposed “monster” development at 16th and Mission. We’ve fought hard against the national real estate lobby in our Yes on G campaign, and although we lost at the polls, we won big as a movement. We deepened critical relationships, learned lessons about civic engagement, and provided a national example for taking on speculation and fighting back against gentrification and displacement.

      In 2015, the housing rights campaign will focus on building a regional movement to fight displacement. Tenants throughout the Bay Area are suffering from this housing crisis, and we will support the fights of working class tenant communities organizing to build power and pass policy throughout the Bay Area. Our top priority is the work against profit driven development. 2015 will be the year that we solidify the foundation of a regional movement to demand development without displacement and to assert that the needs of existing residents drive development in the region. In SF, we will continue our role in the Plaza 16th coalition, and keep a close eye on changes to public housing. In Oakland, we will continue with the community planning leaders program - a program specifically designed for resident engagement to stop displacement from the Bus Rapid Transit system being built along International Blvd. We will also push for the City to have a department tasked with tenants’ rights enforcement.


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    • Maria Poblet's Blog

      indexThis is the blog of Maria Poblet, the executive director of Causa Justa / Just Cause. These blog posts are aggregated from Maria's blog on organizingupgrade.com.

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Mailing: PO Box 3596, Oakland, CA 94609
West Oakland: 3268 San Pablo Avenue (corner of 33rd st), Oakland, CA 94608 | 510.763.5877 (p) 510.763.5824 (f) 
East Oakland: 9124 International Blvd. Oakland, CA 94603 
Mission District, SF: 2301 Mission Street, Suite 201, San Francisco, CA 94110 | 415.487.9203 (p) 415.487.9022 (f) 
Bayview District, SF: 2145 Keith Street, San Francisco, CA 94124 | 415.864.8372 (p) 415.864.8373 (f)