In honor of Juneteenth, Tides Advocacy launched their Black Love Rising campaign. The campaign elevates the ways in which Tides Advocacy applies their pro-Black framework to center the dignity, humanity, and restoration of Black lives which is critical to our collective liberation. Tides Advocacy CEO, Romy Avila, offered her thoughts and wisdom on how love intersects with powerbuilding for Black communities and the role that funders can play in advancing this work to help launch Black Love Rising. You can read her interview at the Tides Advocacy website and listen on social media.
Power California rallied youth advocates and community members to walk out on the Fresno City Council Chambers in protest of the “balanced” budget passed today that does not include any funding for rent control or tenant protections. The housing crisis in Fresno is severe. According to Marisa Moraza, Power California Campaign Director, “over 26,000 households are on the verge of eviction because they pay more than half of their income to rent.” Power California will “continue to hold the [Fresno City] council and this administration accountable to pass rent control in the city of Fresno.” More at ABC 30.
Last week, community leaders, advocates, and organizers representing labor, faith-based, Black, Asian, Latino, women and youth organizations rallied at the state Capitol in Sacramento to support Senate Bill (SB) 846, which aims to increase election turnout and remove barriers to voter registration for millions of Californians. The two-year bill would provide a path to 100% voter registration by expanding the state’s Motor Voter Program so that it automatically signs up people who are eligible but unregistered to vote at the DMV. Julius Thibodeaux, Executive Director for Movement 4 Life, told California Black Media: “In 2020, California voters restored voting rights for more than 50,000 people who are no longer incarcerated. But that’s only the first step. Now, the work begins to get folks informed, registered, and returning to the ballot box every fall and spring election.” More on the rally, the coalition, and SB 846 at The OC Register and KTLA 5.