From Christina Livingston <[email protected]>
Subject Who's leading the way?
Date December 17, 2019 11:20 PM
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Friend --

2019 is almost coming to an end.

This year, we’ve felt the immense support of people like you, who are committed to standing up for the rights of others during a time when the housing crisis has hit our communities the hardest. People like you, who believe that building community power, from the bottom up, is critical to achieve economic, racial and social justice.  

Sometimes it seems like the bad news is inescapable. But what so often gets missed in the constant deluge are the positive stories — the progress we fight for, the brave people pushing for what's right, the hard-won victories.  ACCE members up and down the state helped to win some BIG victories this year --- victories that provide new rights and support to some 8 million families in California.  

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Let's celebrate the bright spots helping us through dark times. Here are a few of my favorite ACCE moments from the past year

ACCE won a statewide bill that stops outrageous rent increases and unfair evictions. The Tenant Protection Act of 2019 (Assembly Bill 1482).

Californians will for the first time have new safeguards against large rent increases after  Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation on Oct 8th, <[link removed]> capping annual rent hikes for the next decade.

On November 18th, some brave mothers took matters into their own hands to protect themselves and their children. 

A group of women who are part of Moms 4 Housing <[link removed]>, a collective of homeless and marginally-sheltered mothers, are working to reclaim housing during California’s housing crisis. They made national news by moving into an investor-owned property that had been sitting empty for over two years. The mothers of the collective are black women, and born and raised in the Bay Area. College degrees, full-time work and multiple jobs to support their families are not enough to survive in Oakland’s high-end housing market. 

Read enough to convince you to make a donation to ACCE?😊

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And..but…there’s so much more!

The City of Los Angeles is helping qualifying tenants with short-term rental assistance to survive rent-gouging prior to AB 1482 going into effect.

 “Emergency Renters Relief <[link removed]>” program approved unanimously by the Los Angeles City Council … In another move to help renters before January 1, the City Council passed an emergency moratorium last week to bar property owners from evicting tenants—unless they have “cause.” That moratorium is now in effect.

In San Diego The Siesta RV Parkresidents, many of them seniors, come out victorious after the owner attempted to evict the whole park to bulldoze it down.

“We gotta fight to stay,” Siesta RV Park resident Juan Nevarez said, “and we will.” <[link removed]>

In Richmond, the residents of Heritage Park - seniors who had been told this was affordable housing - fought back against rent hikes of 12% and won. 

“After some work with Richmond city officials, the rent increase was reduced <[link removed]> to closer to 3 percent.”...”They took bus trips to Sacramento, where they camped out in lawmakers’ offices and carried handmade signs advocating a suite of bills, including A.B. 1482, aimed at protecting tenants like themselves.”

Through our shared struggle and collective action we have won real change!

It’s time for a new reality and we must work together to create it. We must continue winning victories that have real impact on people’s lives, on the respect they receive, on their health, education, and futures. 

As 2019 closes, we can look back with pride on our work. It’s clear that we can hold corporations accountable for their actions. 

While there is much to celebrate, we must remain steadfast in our fight to keep families together and ensure our communities have the freedom to thrive. We can’t stop here. We won’t stop here. The future of our community depends on bold action from each of us.

So before the year ends…. This critical work by ACCE is only possible with your help.  Every day we knock on doors and bring more people into the fight for our future. We train community leaders by the hundreds.  We mount strategic campaigns to win policies and programs that brings is every day closer to making California a state in which ALL people, no matter their income, race, gender or zip code, can thrive.

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In solidarity,

Christina Livingston 

ACCE Action
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