Thank you to our allies who made our Right to Counsel Town Hall such a great success!
Los Angeles Right to Counsel Coalition Members: Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, Basta, Inc., Bet Tzedek, Coalition for Economic Survival (CES), East LA Community Corporation, Eviction Defense Network, HEART LA, Housing Rights Center, Inquilinos Unidos, Inner City Law Center (ICLC), Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN), LA Center for Community and Law (LAC- CLA),Los Angeles Tenants Union, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA), Neighborhood Legal Services (NLS), OneLA, Public Counsel, People Organized for Westside Renewal (POWER), SEIU Local 721, and Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE)
We have been busy organizing tenants and educating residents about their rights. On Saturday July 13 we met with other tenant rights groups from around Southern California for a Renter’s Assembly in Santa Ana.
Also in July, our Program Coordinator Maria Patiño Gutierrez and SAJE member Jun Ampig joined other tenant advocates and concerned residents from around the world in Tokyo to discuss potential pitfalls for cities hosting the Olympics.
In June several of our organizers joined colleagues from Chainbreaker in Santa Fe, New Mexico for two weeks of outreach and education. Staff from BASTA in Austin, Texas also worked on this effort to create a ‘Peoples Plan’ for a unique piece of city property in the heart of the City of Santa Fe.
We are also happy to introduce two new staff members: Kaitlyn Quackenbush and Alex Ferrer. Kaitlyn is our new Researcher and Alex is our Summer Research Associate (a somewhat inaccurate job title as he will be with us through December).
Alex is a Research Associate with SAJE. He was an intern at SAJE for two years before joining the staff after graduating from UCLA in 2019, where he organized student-workers and completed a B.A. in Geography and International Development. Alex is particularly interested in using spatial data to predict and prevent displacement, and limiting the power of Wall Street landlords. When not at work he likes to hike, camp, see punk shows, and cook.
Kaitlyn’s commitment to economic and racial justice led her to complete a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs in June 2019. After a year supporting SAJE and the Renters’ Right to Counsel campaign as Research Intern, she is thrilled to continue contributing to SAJE. Kaitlyn earned a B.A in International Development at UC Berkeley, where she gained a critical understanding of the differences of wealth, power, and well-being between and within societies, and the processes that create these patterns. She used this critical framework as a policy advocate and as a racial justice organizer. Kaitlyn was born and raised in the East Bay of the SF Bay Area and is an avid supporter of all things Oakland but is so grateful to be learning from and growing in her new home, Los Angeles.
We are very happy to report that we have once again been awarded a contract by the city to do tenant outreach and education as part of their Rent Escrow Account Program! This program allows tenants in buildings that do not meet inspection standards to pay part of their rent into an escrow account that can be used for building repairs.
Mark your calendars – the SAJE annual Bowlathon is November 16 at Lucky Strike at LA Live! This is our big annual fundraiser so we hope you can join us. Keep your eyes open for details to come….