Welcome to the SBPA May Newsletter!
The June 5th primary is only a few weeks away and the deadline for registering to vote is May 21st! If you have turned 18, changed your legal name, moved, or changed parties, your MUST reregister with the CA Secretary of State! It's easy and you can do it online, right here!
We, at SBPA are proud to be working hard campaigning for our endorsed candidates and we need your help to get our candidates into office. So please join us at one of the many events and phone banking actions that are being setup to GET OUT THE VOTE for our candidates.
Visit their websites and volunteer to canvas, fundraise and phone bank:
Help us support these corporate-free candidates and bring the SBPA vision to reality. If you aren't a member yet, Join us now! People-Focused Politics
Have Fun & Raise Funds for SBPA-Endorsed Corporate Free-Candidates: Shay Franco-Clausen, D9 & Omar Vasquez, D7
May 11th from 5-8 pm Hapa's Microbrewery
460 Lincoln Ave., #90, San Jose
The South Bay Progressive Alliance (SBPA) has endorsed these two outstanding progressive candidates who have signed the pledge to refuse corporate donations. By focusing on San Jose residents' needs instead of profits for corporations, the SBPA and the public can rest assured that they represent US, and once elected, they will address pressing concerns such as affordable housing, decent wages and income, the environment, public safety, public transportation, and beautiful neighborhoods. It is our job to get them elected by walking with them, talking them up, and donating to their campaigns.
Join us for beer, food, revelry, friendship, and supporting the candidates at Hapa's Microbrewery- 460 Lincoln Ave., #90, San Jose, CA 95126
For more information contact the SBPA at info[at]SouthBayPA[dot]org or see our FB event.
Phone Banking For Gayle McLaughlin! May 20th, 3 - 6 pm - Virtual Call Party
SBPA Coalition Partner, the Green Party of Sant Clara County is hosting a virtual phone banking party for Gayle. Many Green County Parties have endorsed Gayle and they are excited to share their enthusiasm about Gayles platform and policies with voters. Join us! We will be using the Our Revolution calling system, so stay tuned for more details on the link to use and the simple instructions to use the system. updated info will be the FB event page. Please volunteer and let's get the very first Corporate-Free candidate we ever endorsed into office this November.
SBPA at Leadership For Change Forum San Jose City College
Our Steering Committee Members Peggy Elwell, Nassim Nouri and Jeff Levine enjoyed a day of workshops with many passionate, curious and politically aware high school and college students at San Jose City College. The Leadership for Change event hosted by our Coalition Partner, Human Agenda. The passion and commitment by attendants as young as 15 for social justice is so inspiring!!
We were grateful for the opportunity to meet these young leaders and learn about their concerns as well as make them aware of SBPA's mission and platform.
Join SBPA at our Working Meetings
Our committees and Action Teams meet on the monthly or bi-monthly bases. Joining one of these meetings is the best way to learn what our teams and committees do and how YOU can participate. Check out our FB events or our website's EVENTS page.
REPEAL OF COSTA HAWKINS MOVES FORWARD
A report by our Allied Organizations; The Affordable housing Network
"On April 24, supporters of the effort to repeal the state law known as Costa Hawkins delivered 588,542 signatures in support of the ballot initiative that would effect such a repeal. Only 365,880 signatures are required to get the proposition on the ballot, so supporters are very confident that the margin of 222,662 extra signatures is more than enough to get the proposition on the ballot.
If the signature verification process is successful, which everyone expects to be the case, the initiative will be on the ballot in November, 2018. The Costa Hawkins legislation outlaws most forms of rent control on apartments and single-family homes built after 1995. Had this law not been in effect and had rent control been implemented, much of the misery renter families are experiencing would have been avoided.
The initiative does not require cities and counties to adopt rent control, it simply makes it legal to do so if a local jurisdiction wants to. This means that the fight for rent control will continue in 2019 as campaigns push to win new local rent control ordinances.
The ease with which the 588,542 signatures were gathered, and the attendance of at least 1,000 at a rally at the state capital this past January shows how broad the support is for rent control. This does not mean we will have an easy time getting the initiative passed. The real estate/development lobbies will bring out their biggest guns to try and confuse the voters, and their big guns are big. But, while those profiting from the rental housing crisis have an almost endless supply of money for campaign ads, we have the shoe leather."
Please Join AHN and advocate for he Repeal of Costa Hawkins, inform and educate your family, friends and communities and make sure they will vote to repeal COSTA HAWKINS!
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OUR MISSION: The South Bay Progressive Alliance is an independent, politically unaffiliated organization with a mission to unite diverse individuals, communities, and organizations into an inclusive coalition that fights to elect local corporate-free candidates, enact progressive policies, and build institutions and a society based on democracy, equity, cooperation, compassion and sustainability.
WHAT WE ARE ABOUT: THE SBPA PLATFORM
● Keeping local government accountable and free of corporate influence, while nurturing democracy and civic participation
● Supporting quality, affordable housing and renters rights
● Promoting well-paying, sustainable jobs
● Mobilizing for criminal justice and immigrant rights
● Holding corporations responsible for worker safety, environmental health, and investing their fair share of taxes
● Promoting quality, equitable healthcare for all
● Protecting full social services essential to our communities
● Supporting high-quality education and public schools
● Supporting gender, racial and LGBTQ+ equity
● Defending public assets for community benefit
● Promoting environmentally sound policies: clean air and water, public transportation and public utilities, and expanding commons open spaces
● Closing the income gap through worker cooperatives, organizing unions, public banks, and living wages.
● Promoting the values of a peace economy that embodies cooperation, compassion, sustainability and mutual respect.