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Articles by Liz Gonzalez

San Jose’s Process for Controversial “Crime Free Multi-Housing Program” Gives Community the Runaround

While the San Jose City Council ranked rent control and plans to strengthen tenant protections as its second highest priority this past year, they are currently conducting community outreach around a program that puts more authority in the hands of landlords to evict entire families at once. Perhaps because the incongruence starts here the process of presenting the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program to tenants has been anything, but smooth.

The Sacred and Familiar in the Forthcoming "Knowing Your Worth" Zine

Sara Gonzalez from Pilsen, Chicago and Rich Gutierrez out of San Jose, California have put together a people of color portrait series with folks from both cities answering the question: What people, places, or things in your life create worth within you? This Friday January 1st is the West Coast zine release show “Knowing Your Worth” in Oakland and the pair invited us in on the inspiration behind the project and the significance of connecting with each other's stories.

Renter's Organizing Workshop in San Jose's District 7

Students from DeAnza College along with the Affordable Housing Network, and part of the Silicon Valley Renter's Coalition, presented a renter’s rights organizing workshop on Saturday, Oct. 17th - educating tenants on their rights and the need for stronger protections in San Jose's Apartment Rent Ordinance in a time when a quarter of families who rent in San Jose spend more than half their income on rent.

San Jose Joins National Pink Out Day After Republicans Push to Defund Planned Parenthood

With the House of Representatives pushing to defund Planned Parenthood, a national non-profit organization that provides health services and is used by close to 3 million Americans, San Jose residents joined the first-ever national Pink Out Day to support Planned Parenthood and reproductive freedom. Check out what folks had to say from the rally in front of a local Planned Parenthood clinic.

Lawsuit Against City of San Jose Aims to End Racial Bias in Policing

Scheduling is set to begin for a lawsuit filed on behalf of all Latinos and African Americans racially profiled by San Jose Police during routine traffic stops who are more likely to experience prolonged detention, be handcuffed, made to sit on the curb or in the back of a police car than are other groups stopped. Racial bias in policing has historically been fertile ground for treating races unequal. With the crossroads we are in around race relations in San Jose and the country, Nick Emanuel believes we can get to a point where we don’t have these racial biases.

San Jose Renters Learn About Their Rights and Commit to Join Renter’s Rights Campaign

Sacred Heart's Renter's Rights Conference gathered neighbors to share their common experiences as renters, learn about their rights and how to get involved in the current renter's rights campaign in San José.

Downtown San Jose Tenants Deliver Demand Letter to Management

Downtown San Jose tenants, with support from the San Jose Solidarity Network are taking action against uninhabitable conditions. Year after year tenants face rent increases and live with infestations of roaches, bed bugs, and mice. Management is unresponsive and blames the tenants for the problems.

East San Jose Apartment Fire Exposes Continued Negligence

A June 25th fire caused by electrical malfunctioning at the Sunny Apartment complex in East San Jose, that left two children burned and to jump from their second story window, has exposed a myriad of long standing unsafe conditions. Tenants are coming together to improve their living conditions at the complex.

Renter's Rights Training in East San José

About 40 people gathered at La Trinidad Church in East San José to participate in a training organized by PACT. The training aimed to outline current laws for renters and talk about how to organize to change and improve policies to have stronger renter protections.

Book Review: Only The Devil Tells the Truth

"I’ve learned over the years that stories are the most powerful tool of persuasion we have," says the author of Only the Devil Tells the Truth, Jake D. Parent. Parent grew up in San Jose and his first novel provides a new voice in the realm of addiction and recovery literature.
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