Tenants will converge on the Capitol this morning for what is being billed as the largest renter mobilization in Sacramento in decades.
Frustrated with surging rents and evictions, California renters are demanding more affordable homes, an end to Ellis Act evictions by speculators, and restoration of the renters’ rebate.
Renters’ Day of Action
March 10AM / Rally 11AM
Tuesday, February 18, 2013
Capitol Building, North Steps
11th & L Streets
The event is being organized by Tenants Together, California’s statewide organization for renters’ rights. Hundreds of renters are expected to take to the Capitol for the Renters’ Day of Action. The day will start with a march that begins at 10:00 a.m. at 11th & L Streets in Sacramento.
A rally will follow at 11:00 a.m. on the North Steps of the Capitol Building. Speakers will include individual tenants, State Senator Mark Leno, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, Jose Luis Barraza (Fresno Housing Alliance), Rev. Norman Fong (Chinatown Community Development Center), Hene Kelly (California Alliance of Retired Americans), and representatives from numerous other community organizations.
There are over 15 million tenants in California. Most are low and middle income and struggling for daily survival. Rents have soared, as have evictions by speculators. Meanwhile, basic safety net programs like the renters’ rebate have been slashed to the detriment of tenants statewide.
The Day of Action is organized around three specific demands:
- Stop Ellis Act evictions by real estate speculators
- Pass SB 391 (DeSaulnier) to build desperately needed affordable rental housing
- Reinstate the renters’ rebate for low-income, senior and disabled renters
Tenants and allies are encouraged to join this historic march and rally. For more details, visit http://bit.ly/tenants2014