Rose Arrieta (Causa Justa Just Cause): 415.487.9203, ext. 202, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wave of anti-gentrification protests continued to
swell today as local housing rights organizations
#shutitdown because #GentrificationIsToxic
WHAT: Protest at East Bay Rental Housing Association’s Legislative Conference
WHEN: April 22nd; 7:30am-9:30am
WHERE: Scott’s Restaurant , Jack London Square, 1 Broadway Avenue, Oakland
WHO: Causa Justa / Just Cause, Housing Rights Committee, Tenants Together, and dozens of community activists and residents
As tenants in both San Francisco and Oakland reel under the highest rents in the nation, new development and investment is causing tremendous market pressures destabilizing everything from housing to health to political power.
With the rent crisis reaching new heights in the Bay Area, a group of local activists are physically blocking the entrance of the East Bay Rental Housing Association’s “Economic and Legislative Forum”, held at Scott’s Restaurant in Jack London Square.
Dozens of community members, dressed in hazmat suits, carrying banners and blocking doorways, have declared the gathering “Toxic for community health,” says Robbie Clark of Causa Justa.
The East Bay Rental Housing Association had planned an Economic and Legislative Forum for discussing legislation that favors landlords and reduces protections for tenants. Key speakers include Daniel Bornstein, a notorious landlord attorney who specializes in evictions. Organizers of the protest decided to expose the conference, because these types of gatherings usually fly under the radar of the general public, even as the public is increasingly voicing their opposition to gentrification and for tenant protections.
The tech boom is sending Bay Area rents to record highs and in-your-face activism has skyrocketed. Local community organizations like Causa Justa :: Just Cause, Housing Rights Committee (HRC), San Francisco Tenants Union (SFTU), Tenants Together, Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), and others are coordinating and escalating their response.
A report, released yesterday, shows how evictions have increased dramatically in San Francisco in recent years. That same trend appears true in Oakland. Just Cause, one of the organizations leading today’s protest, has also been organizing efforts for tenants rights regionally, and posted this article recently, about the need to step up organizing and activism.
Causa Justa :: Just Cause is a multi-racial grass roots housing and immigrant rights organization building community leadership to achieve justice for low-income San Francisco and Oakland residents. We have offices on both sides of the Bay.
Please contact us for copies of Development without Displacement: Resisting Gentrification in the Bay Area.
Follow the action on Twitter at #gentrificationistoxic, @causajusta1
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