Tuesday, September 29, 2015

This week's organizing inspiration

Get inspired: housing rights organizations and tenants in the San Francisco Bay Area are organizing a Regional Renters Day of Action on October 1st with coordinated events in San Jose, Mountain View, San Mateo, Redwood City and Burlingame, Oakland, Alameda, San Francisco, and Fremont to highlight the crisis felt by tens of thousands of families being pushed out of their homes and to call for local and regional solutions.

Taking Organizing to the Next Level:
Instead of just working in their own cities, the Bay Area is coordinating regionally to put more pressure on landlords and decision-makers. The goal of the Regional Day of Action is to identify those responsible for displacement, draw attention to the plight of communities, and demand policy change.

Create a Twitter storm with us tomorrow! Follow all Bay Area regional tenant actions online at #RightToARoof and #DerechoAUnTecho #Homes4All #ViviendaPa’Todos

Identifying the target:

In the Bay Area, greedy landlords and real estate speculators are taking advantage of the cash flowing into the region from tech bubble venture capital driving up the cost of housing. Some tenants are being violently harassed out of their homes just so the landlord can charge more rent.

Drawing attention to the issue:

Greedy landlords are making a quick buck at the expense of our communities. Tenants are being forced to abandon their jobs, schools, faith communities, and move out of the region. Google bus drivers working in San Francisco and Silicon Valley are commuting from hours away.
Tenants who can find housing feel they have to accept uninhabitable conditions because there is no where else to go.

Demanding policy change:

The solution is to put tenant protections in place NOW to stop the bleeding and protect people and communities. We call on cities to adopt and strengthen just cause and rent control policies now. In July the first city in 30 years to pass a new rent control law was in Richmond. Last week San Francisco passed additional protections to close loopholes in its just cause and rent control ordinance.

Create a Twitter storm with us tomorrow on October 1st!
Follow all Bay Area regional tenant actions online at #RightToARoof and #DerechoAUnTecho, join the conversation, share and amplify the voice of renters.

Confirmed actions:

San Francisco, 5:30pm
1937 Mason Street
Target: Abuse by AirBnB

Alameda, 12 noon
2263 Santa Clara Ave # 320
Call for Rent Control and Just Cause

San Jose, Sept 30th 5:15pm
Roosevelt Community Center
901 E Santa Clara St
Target: real estate speculators, Tri-Valley Apartment Association

Mountain View, 7pm
St. Athanasius Catholic Church
160 N Rengstorff Ave

Redwood City, 5:30 p.m.
Jefferson & El Camino
Call for Rent Control & Just Cause

Oakland, 2:30pm
7 eleven on Lincoln and Mac Arthur at 2:30pm
Target: Greedy landlords

Fremont, 6-9am and 4:30-7:30pm
Fremont BART station
Educating commuters

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