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Hassle-Free Housing Ordinance

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
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Rise of Tenants Reporting Harassment

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
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Our Work Continues With Resilience and Courage

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
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Foreclosures Still Hurting Our Communities

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
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Dreaming to Win: Immigrants Justice for All

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
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Is There A Future For Community Development

Raven Willoughby Over the last 50 years, redevelopment agencies (RDA) in the state of California have worked diligently on promoting economic and community development in areas once deemed “undesirable.” About 400 RDAs across the state have provided funding for many
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Governor Brown Slashes Affordable Housing Funds

Gloria Bruce, Deputy Director, East Bay Housing Organizations With the dissolution of redevelopment on February 1, we have lost the largest state source for affordable housing. Unless we can be particularly creative in identifying new funding sources and changing political
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Help Me Keep My Home Of 40 Years

February 21st 2012 To Whom It May Concern: It is with great regret and a burdened heart that I write this letter asking for your support to keep my home. I am Mrs Annie B. Attaway, and I have lived
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10 Years Of Eviction Protection In Oakland

By Robbie Clark It has been 10 years since the Just Cause Eviction ordinance, Measure EE, was passed in Oakland. Did you know that since then, there hasn’t been any legislation to protect tenants’ rights passed in the City of
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Book Review: Playbook for Progressives

Jaron Brown Reviews book by Eric Mann “The tradition of transformative organizing always finds the paths of hope. In dark times, what do we do?  We organize.” Eric Mann’s new book Playbook for Progressives is one of the most anticipated
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Occupy and The 99 Percent

By Alma Blackwell interviewed by Adam Gold Over the past six months, a new wave of activism has washed across the United States and the world, mobilizing thousands of people to camp out in city squares, protest financial institutions and
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Immigrant Workers March For Dignity And Justice

R.M. Arrieta “They talk about undocumented workers taking jobs but I’d like to know what would happen if for one day, all the undocumented laborers would stop working.” — Former Pacific Steel worker More than 200 workers fired after an
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HB56 Erodes Civil And Human Rights

Ingrid Chapman, Organizer, Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice and Alia Trindle, Catalyst Project Containing a host of 30 discriminatory provisions, this new Jim Crow law makes Alabama unlivable for undocumented immigrants. Because the law is so extensive and extreme, Alabama
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Are Unionized Shops Targets of Silent Raids?

“…without the full picture and supporting documentation, it would seem… employers who are bearing the brunt of these audits are [those] … involved in collective bargaining agreements with labor unions. That is bad for business, workers and the American people.”
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Maria Poblet: 99% Power vs. Wells Fargo

Ah, 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
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Victories From Our Tenant Rights Clinic

Immigrant Family Fights Landlord Harassment By Patricia Zamora Gilberto and Elvia Nuñez were being harassed and accused by their landlord of being “illegal.” The landlord made harassing phone calls to them at all hours of the day including very early
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Defend the Public Sector and Democracy

From Wisconsin and North Carolina to Tunisia and Egypt! Grassroots Global Justice Alliance Solidarity Statement Grassroots Global Justice would like to support the record number of protestors coming out to defend collective bargaining rights and the public sector in Wisconsin.
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Undervalued & Invisible

Domestic Workers Organize to Win Respect and Recognition By Andrea Cristina Mercado, Mujeres Unidas y Activas and Ai-Jen Poo, National Domestic Worker Alliance   Domestic workers – who care for some of the most important elements of our lives like
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$1.2 Trillion:

The Real U.S. National Security Budget No One Wants You to Know About By Chris Hellman, National Priorities Project What if you went to a restaurant and found it rather pricey? Still, you ordered your meal and, when done, picked
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Housing Justice is Climate Justice

By Colin Miller, Urban Habitat Climate change has become almost universally recognized as the single greatest threat to life. No substantive action has been taken at the international (United Nations) or federal level to deal with the growing crisis. On
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Don’t Miss the Bus!

POWER and MORE Public Transit Coalition win 12,000 free MUNI passes for SF youth By Alicia Garza On a recent rainy afternoon in San Francisco’s Mission District, members from People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER) and the MORE Public
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Voting Is Still A Civil Rights Issue

By Sanyika Bryant  Ranked-Choice Voting (RCV) has recently come up in the news again. Failed Oakland mayoral candidate Don Perata is trying once again to pit Black and Asian communities against each other. He is claiming that Ranked Choice Voting
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