From getting several homes out of the hands of millionaire landlords into the Oakland Community Land Trust to passing stronger renter protections to winning major investment into East Oakland city services - Oakland members are taking action and winning! See the video above that features much of our housing work from 2018 to repeal Costa Hawkins!
WHERE WE ORGANIZE:
ACCE Oakland has a city-wide Anti-Displacement chapter organizing tenants to expand the land trust, pass stronger renter protections and fight unjust rent increases and evictions. We also have a strong East Oakland chapter in Districts 6 and 7 fighting for equitable investment and improving city services by addressing illegal dumping, potholes and local infrastructure.
- Fighting for Housing Justice: Born out of our history of doing foreclosure defense work, ACCE Oakland hosts a citywide Anti-Displacement chapter of tenants fighting unfair rent hikes and unjust evictions. Our chapter has kept dozens of families in their homes facing imminent displacement and taken on some of the largest landlords in the East Bay - from Blackstone’s Invitation Homes to Michael Marr, the largest private landlord in Oakland. In the summer of 2018, after over a year of organizing, ACCE leaders played a critical role in pressuring their millionaire landlord to sell their homes into the Oakland Community Land Trust rather than displacing them with the $1300 rent increases he had given them. In the November 2018 election we played a critical role in passing Measure Y to close a loophole in the Just Cause Eviction protections law and in 2016 helped pass Measure JJ, an initiative to strengthen tenant protections across Oakland.
- Community Investment: Our East Oakland chapter has played a critical role in fighting for equitable investment into the flatlands of East Oakland - fighting to reduce illegal dumping, fill unsafe potholes and bring city resources to the neighborhood. We are a key member of the Congress of Neighborhoods Coalition which fights for these same issues. In 2018, we played a role in winning a $1.2 million allocated to the Public Works Department to work on illegal dumping and to hire more city workers from our neighborhoods.
- Accountable Development: Our work with the Revive Oakland coalition led to a groundbreaking Community Jobs Agreement at the Oakland Army Base development, and including opening a Jobs Resource Center in the West Oakland library. We continue to be involved in enforcing these agreements and to make sure that formerly incarcerated individuals and others with barriers to employment have access to the new jobs created by the project. But, we aren’t stopping there. We’re involved in the effort to make sure that the Coliseum City Development is accountable to our community in East Oakland.
- Department of Race and Equity: Oakland is one of the most diverse cities in the United States, with about a quarter of its population each being black, Latin@, Asian, and white, yet often Oakland’s policies have had disproportionate and negative impacts on communities of color. Oakland ACCE fought for and won a new department to ensure racial impacts are considered in the decisions the city makes, the policy it implements, and the practices it utilizes!
- Worker Justice: In 2014, in partnership with all the groups in the Lift Up Oakland Coalition, we passed a groundbreaking minimum wage law with paid sick days and other protections for workers. In 2016, we continued to stand with low wage workers by organizing retail workers in Emeryville for fair scheduling - making Emeryville the third city in the nation to pass a Fair Workweek policy!
- Accessible Transit: After our coalition worked to pass Measure BB to increase funding for public transit, we continued to fight to create a free youth bus pass for students in Alameda County. We’ve fought to lower the fares on AC Transit, won a Family Friendly stroller policy on the buses, and for even greater Clipper card accessibility for low income communities.
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