Last week, 200+ diverse community members, faith leaders, law enforcement and other public officials gathered at Shalom Iglesia for our Beloved Community Dialogue on SB 1421–Right to Know, the new state law we won last year for police transparency.
Thank you to everyone who attended Tuesday's San Jose city council vote - we may not have achieved the strongest possible renter protections from displacement + discrimination, but we did achieve some key victories, including showing up in strong spirit + massive numbers, with approximately 200 tenants & allies across our coalition & community.
Your stories and passion sent a clear message:
The housing + economic injustice crisis is not going away; This issue is clearly tied to race; We WILL be back!
#TenantPower #SJWeBelong #1People1Fight
**Special shout out to Councilmembers Sergio Jimenez, Raul Peralez, Donald Rocha and Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco for standing up for renters throughout the night!**
In a historic win on Tuesday, San Jose City Council voted 6-5 to make our city a place where everyone can belong, passing FULL just-cause to protect over 450,000 renters in our community from no-cause eviction. Ellis Act protections also passed to provide relocation benefits to renters evicted from rent-controlled complexes.
En una victoria histórica el martes, el Ayuntamiento de San José votó 6-5 para hacer de nuestra ciudad un lugar donde todos puedan pertenecer, pasando la causa justa y protegiendo a más de 450,000 inquilinos en nuestra comunidad de desalojamiento sin causa. Las protecciones de la Ley Ellis también pasaron para proveer beneficios de reubicación a inquilinos desalojados de complejos controlados por alquiler.
Last Thursday, over 250 renters and renter advocates packed Most Holy Trinity Church's gym to continue last year's fight for stronger renter protections, calling on Councilmembers Tam Nguyen, Sylvia Arenas, and Sergio Jimenez to be strong champions in stopping unjust evictions and creating a more affordable San Jose whereEVERYONE BELONGS.
San Jose Unified School Board will be voting on a resolution that they believe expresses their commitment to protect immigrant families. Join us to ensure this resolution is strong.
La Junta Escolar Unificada de San José votará en una resolución que ellos creen expresa un compromiso a incluir y proteger a todos las familias inmigrantes. ¡Esperamos que Ud. se una a nosotros para asegurarse de que esta resolución sea poderosa!.
“We believe that Black Lives Matter. And we believe that Black and Brown people who proclaim this are not stating this to incite violence, like the police union… may claim. We know it means: “We want you to see us as human beings. We want you to see that our lives have value, so stop treating us as if we aren’t humans and that we don’t matter.
We are clergy, faith and community leaders with PACT: People Acting in Community Together, a multi-faith, multi-racial organization that leads grassroots organizing to build a more healthy and just community.
Dear Friend, we knocked and called, learned and taught and we have the results in our County and State to show for it. At the same time, we've been through a divisive campaign that scapegoated our immigrant, Muslim, Black and marginalized brothers and sisters.
“Después de un ciclo electoral presidencial estropeado por la retórica vitriólica y dañina, esta elección sacó a luz profundas divisiones" dijo el Director Ejecutivo de PICO National Network Scott Reed.
“Following a presidential election cycle marred by vitriolic and harmful rhetoric, this election surfaced deep divides” said PICO National Network Executive Director Scott Reed.