Measure JJ: Protect Oakland Renters. Broad Community of Supporters, Tenants Help Move Measure Forward. Also The Burn Of Reactive Responses And (Tenant) Up-Risings In The Mission and more. Click to download PDF. Read More »
In 2014, gentrification came into plain view. Discussions of economic inequality, the housing affordability crisis, Black displacement, the power of multiracial unity, and the suburbanization of poverty emerged across the political spectrum, from kitchen tables to city council chambers, from Read More »
HAVE YOU READ OUR NEW REPORT, DEVELOPMENT WITHOUT DISPLACEMENT?
Back on April 7th, we released this 100-page report and we have been amazed and honored by the positive response from local activists, from the press, and from people fighting
By Maria Poblet — April 22
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 Read More »
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 Read More »
By Maria Poblet / Organizing UpgradeThursday, 03 October 2013 00:49
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, Read More »
Written by Maria Poblet / Organizing UpgradeTuesday, 22 October 2013 05:23
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 Read More »
By Maria Poblet / Organizing Upgrade
Photo by Josh Warren White
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 Read More »
Maria Poblet and Dawn Phillips of Causa Justa :: Just Cause (CJJC) were recently published in Poverty & Race, a publication of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council.
To download a PDF copy of the publication click here. Read More »
Reflections on internationalist solidarity, in preparation for the 2013 World Social Forum in Tunisia
By Maria PobletReprinted from Organizing Ugrade
“Hijab is part of our culture!” yelled a young woman in a gold and yellow “hijab” Muslim headscarf, squared off Read More »
Proposition 30. Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Prop 30 is the result of a historic compromise between the Restore California Coalition and Governor Jerry Brown, the governor had to negotiate Read More »
Lorenzo Lamar Ward: March 7, 1983~September 1, 2012
Our hearts are heavy with the loss of Lorenzo. He was a lively spirit born to our beloved Princess Beverly. And he shouldn’t have been Oakland’s 81st homicide of the year. The blood Read More »
We remember and salute one of our long-standing members, Ms. Betty Woodridge. Since she joined Causa Justa :: Just Cause during our fight against Wal-Mart in 2004, Ms. Betty has been a powerful spirit in the world and gave a tremendous amount of love and energy to the fight for Read More »
Interview with Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange and Youth Today Washington, D.C. correspondent Kaukab Jhumra Smith covered a conference in July in Cincinnati sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund. Among the more than Read More »
By Maria Poblet
January 14, 2011, is a historic day in Tunisia: When the people ousted the 23-year dictatorship of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. That struggle united many parts of society –old school nationalists who fought for Tunisia’s independence Read More »
By Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
In July, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) issued a study titled, “Every 36 Hours: Report on the Extrajudicial Killings of Black People by Police, Security Guards or Self-Appointed Law Enforcers.”
“Every 36 Hours” documents the Read More »
By Communities for a Better Environment and Asian Pacific Environmental Network
For the second time in five years, a fire at the Chevron refinery crude unit in Richmond has put workers and neighbors in critical danger. By its own admission Read More »
By Billy Trice Jr.
President Obama recently signed H.R.205 known as the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership Act(HEARTH) which will improve housing conditions for American Indians as well as boosting their economic development on reservations. It will also help them build Read More »
How a Tenant Stood Her Ground Against a Bank and Won
By Maria Zamudio
Maria M. and her family had been renting their San Francisco for more than three years when they learned that the home was being foreclosed. Like Read More »
What is it?
During the first dot com boom, harassment—as a mean of eviction—evolved into a business model. Large, corporate landlords began adding to their staffs “Relocation Specialists.” More accurately, these employees were paid thugs, hired to intimidate tenants into Read More »
By Antonio Venegas
The experience of the Perez family echoes with the stories of the over 40,000 foreclosures that have or are currently taking place in Oakland. The family suffered a loss of income when Andres Perez lost his job, Read More »
Who are Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?
They are taxpayer-owned government sponsored entities that originate loans and guarantee home loans that banks and mortgage companies sell to borrowers. We should control them and they should serve the needs of the Read More »
By Lucia Kimble
Rat and cockroach infestations, lack of sanitation, bedbugs, leaks and mold – for many working- class tenants in San Francisco, these problems are daily occurrences that compromise their health and present uninhabitable conditions, especially when they are Read More »
By Ted Gullicksen and Maria Zamudio
Tenants living in some of San Francisco’s quickly disappearing sources for affordable housing – rent controlled units – face a particular situation when property owners wish to evict them for profit.
One of the Read More »
By Cinthya Muñoz Immigrant Rights Organizer & Maria Poblet, Executive Director
October 1 was a historic moment for all who were awaiting Governor Brown’s decision on the Trust Act. Historic in that the sitting so-called “progressive” governor of California vetoed Read More »
By Francisco Ugarte, Senior Immigration Attorney, Dolores Street Community Services
On June 15, 2012, the Obama administration made history by announcing one of the most significant and favorable changes to immigration law in more than a decade – Deferred Action Read More »
National Housing Crisis Continues
By Robbie Clark
Gail Leeks’ family is fighting to keep a home that’s been in their family for two generations. Gail’s mother, Marjorie Gibson passed away after a battle with cancer. After Majorie passed away, Wells Read More »
By Maria Zamudio
Photo: David Lumb | August 17/animalnewyork.com
The disappointment and devastation felt in 2010 when the federal DREAM Act did not pass in the Senate was huge. Not only because of the amount of work that went into Read More »
The Occupy protests that began last fall inspired a new politically active generation. Long time organizers and activists have been invigorated and together these groups have joined together around fights for housing and economic justice. This surge of Read More »