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.

The Struggle for the Flatlands: How Oakland Can Fight Gentrification

By Maria Poblet -- April 22

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OAKLAND--Behind a chain link fence on 35th Ave, the man who gardens every day for other people grows his own roses, gathered around a statue of the Virgen de Guadalupe. Off 98th Ave, backyard barbeques are legendary, as is the young cousin who always wins the battles of wits and words that break out...

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Gentrification and The Battle for the Heart of San Francisco | Maria Poblet

San Francisco’s gentrification has reached a ridiculous new extreme, making it the most expensive city in the country,[i] outstripping even Manhattan, the home of Wall Street and its corporate tycoons.

The affordability crisis is so extreme that many of those who rode into the Mission District on the first wave of gentrification, during the dotcom boom in the 90s,

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Until Every One of Us is Free: Reclaiming Feminism at the Grassroots

By  Maria Poblet / Organizing Upgrade
Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:49

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Told and retold so many times over the years, our story has become very simple: mainstream white feminism never made space for the perspectives, agendas, and leadership of Black, Latina, Asian, Indigenous, working class, and poor feminists. And so my generation, disorganized by the painful fragmentation we inherited, rarely...

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The BART Strike, and Beyond

Written by  Maria Poblet / Organizing Upgrade
Tuesday, 22 October 2013 05:23

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The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) worker strike has come to a close. After tense negotiations, a tentative agreement has been reached, after workers demanded the restoration of salary cuts and safety measures. In a heartbreaking confirmation of the need for safety measures, two workers were killed this...

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Reflections on the World Social Forum

By Maria Poblet / Organizing Upgrade

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Tunisia is a society under construction. After a successful revolution in 2011 that sparked the "Arab Spring", the country, and the entire region, are in the midst of profound social transformation. I went to Tunisia thrilled to learn from the social movements that overthrew a profoundly entrenched, decades-long dictatorship.

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Women's Rights in the Age of Empire

Reflections on internationalist solidarity, in preparation for the 2013 World Social Forum in Tunisia

By Maria Poblet
Reprinted from Organizing Ugrade

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"Hijab is part of our culture!" yelled a young woman in a gold and yellow "hijab" Muslim headscarf, squared off against an older French blonde, whose chin and shoulders were pulled back, signaling how offended and taken aback she was.

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Maria Poblet: On Feminist Internationalism, Economic Justice, and the Movement of the 99%

poblet-blogAddress to the Association of Women’s Rights in Development
Istanbul, Turkey, April 19, 2012

It’s an honor to be here, among such powerful women and women’s organizations, from all over the world, gathered in such a beautiful city.

Looking around at all of you, I feel sure that another world is possible.   And when I look from here towards the...

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Maria Poblet: 99% Power vs. Wells Fargo

99powerAh, spring.  Tulips, chocolate bunnies, and…. capitalist conspiracy.

Each spring the shareholders of every major bank get together to make their strategic plans for the year.  Bank of America will meet in Charlotte, NC.  Wells Fargo’s meeting is at their headquarters in San Francisco’s financial district.

What’s on their agenda? Plain and simple: profiting at the expense of our communities.

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