We are having a fundraiser! Our spring fundraiser helps us raise important unrestricted funds, so we hope you can come.
Date: June 7 2019 (Friday)
Time: 6 – 9 pm
Location: SAJE – 152 W. 32nd Street Los Angeles CA 90007
What: drinks, appetizers, music, and a chance to try out OWN IT!
At the fundraiser we will be unveiling our new digital tool “OWN IT!” (Organizers' Warning Notification and Information for Tenants). OWN IT! is an interactive online mapping tool that identifies properties at risk of displacement throughout Los Angeles County and equips tenants with powerful information they can use to organize, fight displacement and advance community ownership.
Some good progress in our work.
- The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors extended the temporary rent control measure for Los Angeles County, which will protect tens of thousands of low income tenants from unjust evictions and sudden rent hikes. Our work continues in the Unincorporated Tenants United coalition to push for a permanent ordinance this year.
- Our work with the LA Right to Counsel coalition has seen tremendous success in our campaign to win a right to legal representation for tenants facing eviction. This month, the City identified initial funding for a right to counsel and the County unanimously voted to study a similar effort. In the coming months, we'll take this positive momentum forward toward the goal of codifying the civil right to counsel!
We also have two new staff members: Derron Ware and Jacqueline Calderon.
- Derron L Ware was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. As a child, Derron grew up in a low income apartment complex near Adams and Western which his family was displaced from due to an illegal eviction. Derron's Mother, a single mother of two boys, worked multiple jobs to support and keep her kids active in sports and to inspire them to stay away from street and gang life. Derron’s mother is also a committed community leader and helped him become an organizer for the Service Employee International Union (SEIU721) labor union. She was able to keep him focused on school which helped him overcome the adversity of growing up in South Central Los Angeles. This led to Derron becoming a star student athlete that graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts dual-degree in Communication and Education. He now serves as a Community Organizer for Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE), which aims to bring about better neighborhoods with the same neighbors.
- Jacqueline is our new Administrative Assistant. Jacqueline Calderon was born and raised in the city of Los Angeles. She is the proud daughter of very hard-working Mexican immigrants and has two siblings. She graduated from Huntington Park High School. She has worked in the customer service field for the past 19 years. She has a keen interest in cosmetology and enjoys reading, watching true crime documentaries, traveling and most importantly spending time with her loved ones. Working at Saje has brought her closer to the community and she enjoys helping the tenants who come in with housing issues. She is looking forward to learning more about housing rights.
Don’t forget to vote! SAJE has endorsed Measure EE. Measure EE is an initiative to increase funding for LAUSD schools to lower class sizes and help neighborhood schools retain and attract quality teachers, counselors, school nurses, librarians, support staff and principals. Measure EE is supported by Mayor Garcetti, UTLA, SEIU, the County Federation of Labor, the LA County Democratic Party and countless other elected officials, community leaders and organizations. Please visit www.yesonee.org for more information about the measure and to see a full list of endorsements.
We are very happy to report that we have received a three year grant from the Marguerite Casey Foundation! The Marguerite Casey Foundation has partnered with SAJE for many years and has been a key supporter of grassroots organizing across the United States. Our thanks goes out to them for the continued funding!
Lastly, we must close with some very sad news. Our wonderful organizer Maria “Malu” Ochoa passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2019 after a many months battle with cancer. She will be missed. We’re including here below her SAJE colleagues’ remembrance of her.
Now we bid a sad farewell to SAJE organizer Maria de la Luz Ochoa, “Malu” as we knew her. Malu was our colleague, our comrade, and our friend and we loved her. She was a person who combined an unusually large number of different qualities, strengths, talents, and interests. The brief time we had with her provided us only a small window into the full depth, fierceness, and richness of her spirit.
At work she was funny, eccentric, nerdy, and cool, and had an infectious, embracing warmth and optimism that lifted our mood, even when she was ill and in pain. She shared and she listened and she was responsive and accountable as a comrade. She could switch between languages, and dialects, and social identities, adapting herself to different conversations and situations with fluidity, wit, and grace.
As an organizer, an advocate, and a community worker Malu was superb. She was equally a scientist and an artist, having a clear, disciplined, technical mastery of the methods of our work as well as a genuine gift for the intuitive, empathic and creative sides of community organizing.