A Growing Coalition Stands Together Against By-Right

11 08 2016

Smooke_Joseph_By-RightRallySF_5Aug2016-83Last Friday, August 5th, 2016, CCHO joined our fellow Bay Area members of Californians for Affordable Housing in an action to stand up for our communities and against the Governor’s “by-right” measure. Californians for Affordable Housing is a growing alliance of affordable housing, labor, environmental, community, and tenants rights organizations from across the state, with a strong Bay Area contingent.

Californians for Affordable Housing released this report-back  on the August 5th action:

A new alliance of labor, community, affordable housing, and tenants rights organizations gathered in downtown San Francisco this morning to oppose the Governors’ by-right “trailer bill”.

Smooke_Joseph_By-RightRallySF_5Aug2016-63Board of Supervisors member Aaron Peskin joined representatives from ACCE SF, Oakland and Contra Costa County; Jobs with Justice SF, the SF Labor Council, SF Building Trades, Housing Rights Committee, Bill Sorro Housing Program, Senior and Disability Action, Tenants Together, Calle 24 Latino Cultural District, Latino Democratic Club, the Council of Community Housing Organizations, and the Manilatown Heritage Foundation to tell media that there is strong opposition from communities across the Bay Area to the Governor’s plan to allow corporations to overrun our communities.

Smooke_Joseph_By-RightRallySF_5Aug2016-42We rallied in the shadow of the Millennium Tower, which according to the SF Chronicle is one of the most luxurious residential towers in the world, and is quickly sinking into the Bay mud because of construction related issues.

Across the street from the Millennium, under construction, is the new Salesforce Tower which will be the tallest office tower in the western US. A contingent from the rally went to the office of Salesforce, the largest tech employer in San Francisco, to deliver a letter requesting a meeting with CEO Marc Benioff, in response to his recent sign-on in support of the Governor’s by-right bill.  Smooke_Joseph_By-RightRallySF_5Aug2016-133



Photo Credit: Joseph Smooke, [people.power.media].Smooke_Joseph_By-RightRallySF_5Aug2016-117