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Rent Review Mediation Program – An Ineffective Distraction

Rent Review Mediation Program – An Ineffective Distraction

November 26, 2018

On Tuesday, November 27, 2018, the City Council will hear a report of the Rent Mediation Review program, which has proven ineffectual. At an estimated annual cost of $132,000, the program has only served 25 people in 15 months of operation – and because the program is non-binding, many still saw their rents increase. EBASE and our community partners are calling for real tenant protections like rent control and just cause for evictions policies, so that families are not thrown out of their homes for no reason. For more information, see the following documents:
  • Raise the Roof Coalition’s Memo Assessing
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Thank you for lifting up Venceremos 2018!

July 24, 2018

Reclaiming Our Cities and Democracy   This year we won key victories to create good jobs, sanctuary cities, and housing security. In the face of hateful attacks, we redoubled our efforts to engage our communities in the decisions affecting their...Read More

White People Must Fix White People

October 27, 2017

Between the political attacks on our communities from the Trump administration and the fires, hurricanes, and earthquakes, there is hardly anyone that hasn’t woken up feeling flattened in the past year. The hate and racism that people have experienced throughout history has been magnified. We are in the fight of our lives. But to say that this hate is new is coming from a place of privilege. ...Read More

Ban the Box for Racial Justice

October 27, 2017

When we met in 2014, I was canvassing to raise Oakland’s minimum wage, and John was working as a Burger King security officer. He had recently been released after spending one-third of his life in prison and was focused on...Read More

Immigration Wins in Contra Costa County

October 27, 2017

A few months ago, a friend was visiting her parents and placed a Black Lives Matter sign in her old bedroom window. Her family lives in the heart of Contra Costa County, but given their liberal values, she thought they wouldn’t mind it. Yet when she recently returned, it was gone. As someone who grew up in that part of the East Bay, I recognize the dynamic: people are liberal, yet not willing to stand up for racial justice....Read More

FAME: Resistance Through Faith

October 27, 2017

On January 28, 2017, when news began to spread that immigrants and refugees were being detained at U.S. airports, many of us knew we had to go to SFO and stand up against this injustice. Why did we do this? For the members of the Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy (FAME), it is our faith which calls upon us to Resist – to become the justice that the world so needs....Read More

Housing Measures Move Forward

November 22, 2016

This fall, affordable housing and renter protection measures moved forward throughout the Bay Area. In Oakland, EBASE and our Protect Oakland Renters Coalition partners helped pass Measure JJ with 74% of the vote to strengthen rent control, expand eviction protections,...Read More

Emeryville Passes Fair Workweek Policy

November 22, 2016

Every once in a while, we win big. Last night was a special night in Emeryville where City Council voted unanimously 5-0 to pass a Fair Workweek policy with no loopholes! You were there last year when Emeryville passed the...Read More

Op-ed: Opportunities for the Formerly Incarcerated

November 22, 2016

Following is an oped originally published in the Oakland Post from Willie Saabir Lockett, a Revive Oakland member. In my younger days, I made some mistakes and served 22 years in California Penal Institutions. Since my release, I’ve worked really...Read More