Gracias, Myriam



From top left to right: Myriam at 2013 CJJC holiday celebration; Counseling a tenant; inspiring another tenant; talking with staff member Jaron Browne. Photos CJJC archives.

Myriam Begins New Adventure

Myriam Zamora is fond of pulling on her revolutionary Nicaraguan roots to offer inspiration and support, often reciting sayings and poems in Spanish to worried tenants who come in to...

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POWER + Causa Justa: A more POWERful Just Cause

Our longtime sister organization, People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER) has merged into Causa Justa. As of January 1, 2015 Causa Justa :: Just Cause now includes the staff, members, campaigns, and amazing history and legacy of POWER as we have become one, more POWERful organization. With the merger, POWER staff have joined us - as you can see from...

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LIBERATION INK: Don't Go Shirtless

"It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains." Assata Shakur  

Assata_quote_Lib_InkThis is just one of the quotes and images that appear on the T-shirts created by Liberation Ink. Now, the on-line site where people have...

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Were you at Wells Fargo Tuesday?


What a Powerful Action!

More than 1,500 people crowded the streets surrounding the meeting, 40 people sat in in the lobby and blockaded entrances to the building and another 30 made it in to the shareholders’ meeting itself.

In an unprecedented move, Wells Fargo locked hundreds of people out of the meeting, filling the seats with their employees and key allies,

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Our newspaper is out!

CJJC newspaper is out! Some of the stories in our newspaper include how the wave of foreclosures and evictions has created a level of new pressure on the banksters such as Wells Fargo and Bank of America; a story about a tenant who won a battle with his landlord after a long phase of harrassment; a look at the new...

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Women & Leadership at CJJC!

Women__LeadershipWOCLN2012“Donde la mujer avanza, no hay hombre que retroceda.”             --Zapatista saying

“When women advance, there’s no man who moves backwards.”

2012 has brought with it a surge of leadership in our organization, reflecting our community, and advancing our work for social justice.

(Image from Women of Color Leadership Network)

Vanessa Moses, veteran lead organizer, has stepped up to work alongside her...

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Warm Our Office! Join Us March 9th

CJJC_at_Social_Forum_2010Housewarming at Our New Office

~espanol sique~

Can you help us warm our new office on Friday, March 9th in West Oakland?

Come have some snacks, drinks and conversation at our new West Oakland office. After two years at the California Hotel, we found a great building just blocks away and we want your help to break it in.


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We Have Moved Down the Street!



After two years in the California Hotel, the building is undergoing major renovations so we need to move. Luckily, we found a great space right down the street!

Come visit us at our new street address:

3268 San Pablo Avenue

Oakland, CA 94608

Our SF and East Oakland offices are still the same and...

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Sports & Resistance/Deportes Y Resistencia


Image coutesey Sean MacEntee/Creative Commons

Sports & Resistance on Both Sides of the Bay

San Francisco: Tuesday, Jan. 17th - 6:30-8:00pm at Sports Basement (1590 Bryant St,  San Francisco)

Oakland: Wednesday, Jan. 18th - 6:30-8:00pm at CJJC's West Oakland Office (3463 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland)

SPORTS & RESISTANCE: A discussion of marathons & the social justice struggle over the long haul...

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Get going today!/¡Póngase en Marcha Hacia la Salud!


marathon_dog_3Anyone can Join!

Click here to register!

So.... Join CJJC’s 3rd Annual All-Star Team to have fun, get in shape, celebrate Oakland, and support CJJC’s work bringing together low-income Latin@ and African-American residents to fight for housing justice and immigrant rights in the Bay Area.

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Marathon Training Programs/Entrenamiento para el Maratón

marathon2011Download our CJJC training programs to get started today!/ 

Marathon 5K Team Beginners Training Program. Click here to download.

Half Marathon Team Training Program for Beginners. Click here to download.

Walker Team Training Program for Everyone. Click here to download.


Baje nuestros programa de entrenamiento aquí para ponerse en marcha hoy!

Programa de entrenamiento para correr el 5K para principiantes. Haga clic aquí.

Programa de entrenamiento para el medio maratón para principiantes. Haga clic aquí.

Programa de entrenamiento para caminar el 5K para tod@s. Haga clic aquí.

Meet our Interim Volunteer Coordinator!

Raven_photo-vol_coordin-1Meet our Interim Volunteer Coordinator! 

Molly McClure, our current Volunteer Coordinator, will be out on parental leave (Molly's having a baby!) from mid-June until December. In the meantime, we welcome Raven Willoughby to our CJJC family! Come say goodbye to Molly and hello to Raven at our Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on Friday, June 17 from 5:30-7:30pm in the West Oakland office.  Past, present, and potential volunteers and your kids are welcome to attend.  Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we know to expect you.

More about our Interim Volunteer Coordinator:  Raven comes to CJJC with an interest in affordable housing accessibility for disenfranchised populations. CJJC sparked her interest “because of its grassroots approach to advocacy for social justice,” said Raven.

Raven has a background in affordable housing work. . The West Oakland native is a graduate of UC Davis and currently enrolled in their Community Development Master's program.  “I want to gain a better understanding of the issues facing low-income residents in the East Bay and I see CJJC as a perfect avenue for this,” said Raven.

CJJC has about 80 volunteers who do everything from stuffing envelopes to outreach to helping support the Tenant Rights' Clinic.

Said Molly, “Our volunteers play  a vital role in the organization. They strengthen the organizational infrastructure and help us win campaigns for tenant and immigrant rights. There are lots of opportunities for people to get involved and that’s exciting. I’m going to miss everyone but it feels great that I’m leaving the job in very capable hands. See you in December!”

Raven says she’s eager to work with staff, members and volunteers on furthering the mission of CJJC. Now is a great time to get involved with CJJC!  Contact Raven at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 510.763.5877 ext 302.

Celebration of Community ~ Join Us Thursday Aug 25

We are throwing a Sustainer Celebration on Thursday August 25th from 6pm-9pm in San Francisco at 518 Valencia Street.

Join us for delicious food, live music, and fabulous company as we honor and celebrate all the community members like yourself who help keep us going!  

Causa Justa :: Just Cause's Sustainer Celebration takes place:

Where: 518 Valencia Street, San Francisco

When: Thursday, August 25th from 6:00-9:00pm

But first, become a Just Cause Sustainer! Click here ( to sign up today and help CJJC raise $10,000 through monthly contributions by the end of the summer.

By making a monthly financial contribution that we can count on, you will be helping us establish a consistent stream of income that will help pay for critical work that includes -

- Continued tenant rights counseling in Oakland and San Francisco... in the last year alone our counselors helped nearly 1,300  people protect their housing.

- Fighting foreclosures and preventing the displacement of low-income homeowners... people like Joan Phillips, a life-long East Oakland resident of over 50 years, depend on our support in taking on Bank of America and winning the fight to keep the home her parents left her.

- Passing critical immigrant rights policies... in the last year CJJC has been actively involved in the national and state-wide effort to push back against S-Comm, a federal program that turns local law enforcement officers into ICE agents. In San Francisco, Oakland and Alameda County we worked to pass resolutions that supported the TRUST Act a state legislation that would allow California to opt out of implementing S-Comm in our state.

- Supporting CJJC's participation and leadership in numerous local, regional, state-wide and national coalitions and alliances... Regional Bank Accountability Coalition, 6 Wins Network, San Francisco Immigrant Legal and Education Network, Oakland Peoples' Housing Coalition, Right to the City Alliance, California Calls, ACUDIR, Mission SRO Collaborative, East Oakland Building Healthy Communities, California Partnership, San Francisco Rising, Oakland Rising, Grassroots Global Justice, Oakland Climate Action Coalition and many, many more...

- Supporting working class immigrants, tenants and homeowners in knowing and exercising their rights, engaging in the economic and political processes that affect their lives and in building their own peoples' organization .... Causa Justa :: Just Cause!

Large or small, we'll take it all ~~ with MUCH appreciation

We would deeply appreciate a contribution of $10 a month to CJJC, but larger or smaller contributions are welcome as well. If you sign up before the Sustainer Celebration you will receive a special limited edition gift. Sign up here ( to become a Just Cause Sustainer!  Then mark you calendar to join us for the Just Cause Sustainer Celebration on August 25th!

More info email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call

Tax the Rich Shuffle in 7 Cities


Tax The Rich!

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At least 100 people pulled a stealth move inside SF City Hall on Tax Day, Monday April 18 as Miss Filthy & Rich married Mr. Greedy Corporations in a match made in hell. They joined thousands of others across the nation in seven cities in various flash mob actions that included community members, the unemployed and underemployed, and people who have faced foreclosure. They joined forces and descended on bank offices, corporate headquarters, city halls and at post offices on tax day in seven major critics in a Tax the Rich shuffle.

In San Francisco, members, allies and volunteers from CJJC, People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER), and other Bay Area Right to the City members were witnesses to the marriage of corporations to the government. With Supervisor John Avalos performing the ceremony, he asked if there were “any objections to this marriage,” at which point the observing group yelled “YES WE object!” and started singing that wealthy corporations and individuals should "pay what they owe, time to give up the dough," to provide revenue to create jobs and to maintain community services and save homes.  

Causa Justa :: Just Cause, along with our partners in our national alliance Right to the City (RTTC) have the antidote to Greed. Three simple taxes will create $778.50 billion dollars annually which could not only stop budget cuts but could put millions of people to work by creating living wage jobs with benefits.

Tax #1: Close all corporate loopholes so major corporations actually pay their fair share.  Eliminating loopholes would generate $400 billion over the next 10 years.
Tax #2: A very small tax on the trading of financial products (0.25% or $1 on every $400 dollars of trading) – stocks, bonds, currencies and derivatives based on these products – would raise at least $500 billion annually.  
Tax #3: A 1 percent wealth tax on the top five percent of households would raise $338.5 billion a year.


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