PACT Newsletters

The Movement for Housing Justice Continues!

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!**

San Jose City Council votes to strengthen renter protections

 

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.

PACT Housing Community Dialogue Recap and Next Steps

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. 

Students & Parents call on School & City Officials to Protect Families

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!.

Making Change with Law enforcement

“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.

Dialogue on Body Worn Cameras - Diálogo Comunitario acerca de las Cameras Corporales

Last week, 200 community members, faith leaders, law enforcement and other public officials gathered at Emmanuel Baptist Church for our 5th Beloved Community Dialogue. Together we are creating systemic and cultural change for racial justiceby building understanding across different experiences of diverse community members and law enforcement.  Checkout the powerful testimony from SJPD Officer Kilmer and Pastor Sean Gardere, Bible Way Christian Center.