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December 12th, 4 to 7 P.M.,
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The POP Board is devastated by the sudden loss of Marv Gross, a founding Board Member. He inspired us. His many years of social justice engagement afforded our new group a rich depth of perspective on the issues we took on. Most recently, he was finding enormous delight in renewing his radio skills working on the newly created POP radio. His happiness could be infectious. We will miss his extraordinary dedication and the understated manner in which he succeeded in making a difference in so many people’s lives.
In honor of Marv’s many decade legacy of caring for and lifting up the most marginalized in our community, POP will continue to strive to make Pasadena a more just, fair and inclusive city.
On October 8, Governor Newsom signed the Tenant Protection ACT. The new law caps rent increases at no more than 5% plus inflation. It also protects tenants from eviction without a good reason or “just cause.” The law goes into effect January 1.
Right now, before the new law can take effect, landlords continue to gouge tenants with huge rent increases and unjustly evict them without cause.
Attorney Dennis Block, spoke to over 200 landlords at a recent apartment owner conference in Pasadena and advised them to quickly raise rents and evict tenants before the new law takes effect. Read LA Times Steve Lopez Article,
This is exactly the unjust behavior the Tenant Protection Act was passed to prevent.
Last Tuesday, the LA City Council unanimously passed an emergency moratorium on “no-fault” or unjust evictions. The LA ordinance prevents landlords from evicting residential tenants unless there is just cause, such as non-payment of rent or use of a unit for criminal activity. Read LA Times Andrew Khouri - LA Eviction Moratorium
It’s time to say NO to unjust evictions in PasadenaJoin POP!, the Pasadena Tenants Union, and fellow citizens this Monday, October 28, 2019, at 6:30 pm in the City Council Chambers at Pasadena City Hall, 100 North Garfield Avenue, Room S249. Please show up at 6 p.m. to fill out a speaker card.
Demand that the Mayor and your council member pass a similar moratorium in Pasadena immediately! Tell them that –
Pasadena Tenants and Homeowners Agree Pasadena needs rent control and just cause evictions. See Pasadena Weekly story - Pasadena Needs Rent Control/
We all need to stand together and protect Pasadena tenants.
If you cannot attend, please contact Mayor Tornek and your Council Member (you can find out who that is HERE) and let them know that you support a moratorium on unjust evictions before the Tenant Protection Act takes effect in January.
Bring friends and neighbors to hear from experts on workable ways to provide housing for our city’s homeless. Dispel myths and know the facts!
Please take the time to watch this revealing documentary its time to truly understand #NETFLIX. @Selenagomez speaks with 3 undocumented teens for this edition of What I Wish You Knew: Growing Up Undocumented. These brave teens face a different reality when it comes to growing up in America; dealing with constant fear, concern for family members and at times, just finding hope in that everything will be okay.
Ex-NYT reporter Steve Greenhouse will discuss “Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor” at Oxy on Thursday, Oct. 10
Steve Greenhouse – long-time labor reporter for the New York Times, will be speaking at Occidental College on Thursday, October 10 about his new book, “Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor.” The talk will be from 11:30 am to 1 pm in Choi Auditorium, which is located in Johnson Hall on the Occidental campus. The book – which has gotten rave reviews in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and other papers, will be available for sale and Steve will be happy to sign books. The event is free and open to the public.
Greenhouse was a reporter for the New York Times from 1983 to 2014. He covered labor and workplace issues for 19 years. He also served as a business and economics reporter and as a foreign correspondent. He has been honored with the Society of Professional Journalists Deadline Club award, a New York Press Club award, a Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial reporting, and the Hillman Prize for Book Journalism for his previous book, “The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker.”
PASADENA NOW: PUBLISHED : MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 | 5:12 AM
It was an afternoon of praise and accolades for longtime Pasadena-area activist Dale Gronemeier Saturday as more than a hundred friends and community leaders, the most active of local activists among them, honored him at the Neighborhood Unitarian Church for his 60 years of championing civil rights.
Gronemeier, who formerly practiced law in Eagle Rock, resided in Sierra Madre, and fought many court battles in Pasadena, retired and left the region last year for San Antonio, Texas, to “live in a home with a view of the lake,” he said.
At the lifetime achievement award ceremony organized by Pasadenans Organizing for Progress (POP!), Congresswoman Judy Chu called Gronemeier “a force of nature” for his long history.
“Dale has been one of the most steadfast leaders in the community,” said Councilmember John Kennedy, “representing those who are underserved or underrepresented, and his voice has been consistent, whether its been fighting for a livable wage or overturning the discriminatory election that existed in City of Pasadena.”
The City of Pasadena wants to hear from you! Please join community members, housing professionals, and service providers to discuss the need of the low and moderate income community and to explore the issue of fair housing in the City of Pasadena. Your input will help identify any impediments to fair housing choice.
Our neighborhood grocery workers are in the last few days of contract negotiations. The FINAL bargaining is happening next week We really need the community's help to get us to the finish line.
Please join us at one of the Ralph Stores in Pasadena to show support for the grocery workers.
Tomorrow -- Wednesday we'll be in Pasadena from 10am - Noon
at Ralphs, 160 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
Thursday from 2-4pm. Thursday, 2pm - 4pm,
at Ralphs, 3601 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107
Two tours: Saturday, August 31, and Saturday, Sept 14, 2019, Start at 9 am at Rosebud Coffee, 2302 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA , (Free parking in rear of building)
Pasadena Stands with Immigrants and Refugees! Thursday August 22nd, 6-9PM, Villa Park Community Center. Click Link for Video and more information.
Support Homeless Housing and Attend the City Council Meeting to support Stronger Inclusionary Housing Policies
JOIN US! The Vigil for the adapting the vacant YWCA into permanent supportive housing is at 5pm tomorrow night, 8/19/2019. That will be in front of the Y on Marengo, across from the First Baptist Church, at 75 N. Marengo Ave. We will walk around the Y and then into the City Hall (which is right next to the Y) at 6pm to speak during public comment. The Council Chambers are on the SE corner of the 2nd floor. It is there at 7pm that folks will gather to support a stronger inclusionary housing policy.
#ElPasoFirme: A call to action against white supremacy on Wednesday at 7 pm in Villa Parke in Pasadena, CA.
IN REMEMBRANCE OF THOSE WHO DIED IN EL PASO - ATTEND THE PASADENA VIGIL IN VILLA PARKE AT 7 PM ON THE LAWN BY RECREATION CENTER BUILDING, 361 E. Villa Street, (Just west of Los Robles)
Today across the country, millions of hearts are beating with El Paso. As communities of immigrants and refugees, our hearts beat with El Paso: A community that straddles borders and cultures, a symbol of safety and inclusion for people from around the world, citizens and non-citizens alike.
That is El Paso’s strength. Nothing will change that. Today, we must reaffirm our commitment to that strength. And we must redouble our commitment to defeat the vile worldview of white supremacy. Today, it is a moral imperative that decent people, and all Latinos, speak out.
Vigils: This Wednesday, communities across the country plan to hold vigils to remember and celebrate the lives lost, and recommit to confronting the contemptible worldview behind the violence committed. Whether you work with an organization, church, business, or just want to express your individual support with family and neighbors, now is the time to speak out.
From Pasadena to Parkland, Phoenix to Philadelphia, thousands of hearts beat with El Paso. And it has to be said -- what happened in El Paso was foreseeable and deliberate. Two tendencies have intersected that invariably will lead to this despicable violence. The uncontrolled access to weapons of war that has enabled mass atrocities in cities over and over again, has converged with the white supremacist political agenda that we see at every Trump rally, that we hear in every Trump speech.
Sadly, too many local, state, and federal elected officials have remained silent, and worse, have served as conduit to this worldview. The hate-filled speeches that incite violence, the criminalizing of entire families and communities, and the scandalous collusion of elected officials with hate groups – enough is enough.
We know that those who profit from weapons sales, who despise gun control, are often the same profiteers that make millions from arresting immigrants and putting children and families in migrant concentration camps. They profit from the politics of hate and fear. Their objective is fear. They want white people to fear immigrants. For immigrants to fear government.
We must be clear, we do not hate them, and we are also not afraid of them. We know that our courage will always be greater than fear. It’s time that we join our voices to confront the sickening worldview that shows contempt for our lives, and profits from our suffering.
This is the resistance of our communities, across this country, against white supremacy, against unfettered access to weapons of war, against the Trump hate agenda, against a worldview that sows misery and contempt for human life. This is a fight for safety, true freedom, and justice for every life that has been lost at the hands of hate in America.
What’s been polluted by hatred and racist violence, will be cleansed by joining our voices, our hearts, and our voices. Because our collective voices - of compassion and solidarity - when joined together is universal and crosses borders, to alleviate the pain, to confront injustice, to fortify our resistance.
#ElPasoFirme is anchored by Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR), Refugee And Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance, Repairers of the Breach, Poor People’s Campaign, and is endorsed by a broad array of faith, immigrant, civil rights, and grassroots organizations including Pasadenans Organizing for Progress (POP!)
Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES)
National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Pasadena, CA
Voter enfranchisement✨ There will be a large amount of young voters in Pasadena in 2020 let’s get them organized and fully informed.
Please join us in supporting the United Food and Commercial Workers job action this coming Thursday, August 1 from 2 to 5 p.m at the Ralph’s Grocery Store over in Hastings Ranch area across from the Toyota Dealership on Foothill. Even if you can only march for one hour, it is very important to show solidarity with these workers. They stood up for the minimum wage increase in Pasadena and it’s time for us to show support for them.
IMMIGRANTS ARE WELCOME HERE! Learn about the Fight Against Trump’s Cancellation of Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Immigrants
JOIN US - Progressive Discussion Group – Friday August 2, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
DU-PAR’S , 214 S. Lake, Pasadena – Back Sun Room
Topic: On August 14, the 9th Circuit Court of appeals in Pasadena will hear the Trump administration’s arguments to un-block his cancellation of TPS status.
Hundreds of thousands of immigrant families may be deported. What can we do to stop it? What about their children who are US citizens and will be left behind?
Panelists: Cecilia Menjivar -- Professor of Sociology, UCLA, She studies effects of immigration laws & enforcement, immigrant families, gender violence in Central America https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2019-07-24/trump-guatemala-asylum-safety
Evelyn Hernandez and Orlando Zepeda, both immigrants - who are TPS holders will tell their story along with their children who were born in the US.
Discussion Moderated by Ed Washatka – Member of Pasadenans Organizing for Progress – POP! and ACT / Arroyo Democratic Club
The kids at Thrive Learning Lab of NW Pasadena are acting out their experiences with racism, bullying, and family separation.
About this Event
The kids at the Thrive Learning Lab of NW Pasadena are creating a play based on their every day lives and the oppressions and uncertainty they encounter: racism, bullying and family separation are part of their lived experience and they are using the theatre to ask for change and justice.
We will engage and interact with the audience in order to raise the consciousness necessary to do something about the ongoing injustices that our children face !!
Step into the world of our youth and see that there needs to be a change in the way we live in our society !!
Date: July 25th Time: 4:30pm Location: Reformation Pasadena (570 East Orange Grove Pasadena, CA 91103
Contact: Florence Annang (email@example.com) Theodore Lang (firstname.lastname@example.org)
July 9, 2019
Contact: Kris Ockershauser 626-792-0657
Coalition for Increased Civilian Oversight of Pasadena Police/CICOPP/POP
Yesterday the California Senate passed landmark legislation to strengthen the law on police use of force and reduce the number of deadly police shootings in the state.
Assembly Bill 392: The California Act to Save Lives, introduced by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), and co-sponsored by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), will establish a "necessary" use of force standard, paving the way for other states to follow suit.
Police officers in California consistently kill more people than officers in any other state. As in other states, Black and Latinx people and people with disabilities are more likely than other residents to be targets of police violence. AB 392 addresses this problem head on by adopting best practices proven to reduce the number of use of force incidents.
Pasadena resident Vince De Stefano joined an ACLU group of local supporters and was in the Assembly Public Safety Committee meeting where he heard testimony from upwards of a hundred of people whose family members had been killed by police. “It was standing room only for 3 hours and everyone in the room was overwhelmed by the stories of those who lost family members and were calling for change. I think that testimony turned the politicians around to support, and soon after the police organizations dropped their opposition” De Stefano recounted.
Under current law, California police officers can use deadly force if it is "reasonable" — regardless of whether deadly force was necessary to prevent imminent death or serious bodily injury, whether there were available alternatives, or whether the officer's own actions created the circumstances that led to the use of deadly force. AB 392 raises that standard to require that officers only use deadly force when "necessary to defend against an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury to the officer or to another person." California would be the only state to combine this "necessary" standard with the requirement that courts consider an officer's conduct leading up to a use of deadly force when determining whether the officer's actions were justified.
Nineteen Pasadena area clergy members joined the Coalition for Increased Civilian Oversight of Pasadena Police/CICOPP/POP, the ACLU CA, the League of Women Voters of California, the State Office of NAACP, Indivisible and others statewide in the call for a revised standard for deadly use of force by police:
Rev. Larry E. Campbell, Pastor of First AME Church
Rev. John B. Bledsoe, Pastor of Zion Star Missionary Baptist Church
Rev. Tyronne Skinner, Pastor of Metropolitan Baptist Church
Rev. Carlton Edwards, Pastor of Pasadena Community Christian Fellowship
Rev. John Stewart, Pastor of New Guiding Light Missionary Baptist Church
Rev. George Van Alstine, Associate Pastor of Altadena Baptist Church
Rev. Deborah West-Jones, Minister at First AME Church
Rev. Nicholas M. Benson, Pastor of First Summit Evangelical Church
Rev. Jacques Bolton, Minister at New Revelation Baptist Church
Rev. Jennifer L. Oliver, Fuller Theological Seminary
Rev. Christopher Frierson, Minister at New Salem Missionary Baptist Church
Rev. Dr. Matthew Colwell, Knox Presbyterian Church
Rev. Mike Kinman, All Saints Episcopal Church
Rabbi Marvin Gross, Pasadena Jewish Temple, Social Justice Committee
Bert Newton, Ministry Associate, Pasadena Mennonite Church
Pastor Camille Wooden, Pastor of Abundant Life Covenant Bible Church
Dr. Jill Shook, CEO of Making Housing and Community Happen
Rev. Lissa Gundlach, Neighborhood UU Church
Pastor Beau Wammack, Northland Village Church
Rev. Mark Bradshaw, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
AB 392 now heads to California Governor Gavin Newsom for his signature.
AB 392 is sponsored by the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color/PolicyLink, ACLU of California, Anti Police-Terror Project, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ), California Families United 4 Justice, PICO California, STOP Coalition, United Domestic Workers (UDW) – AFSCME Local 3930, Youth Justice Coalition
Join us on Thursday, June 20th at 7-8:30pm – Throop church, 300 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena for a discussion on rent control and eviction protections.
Brave New Films has produced the Healing Trauma Series to address an important feeder of the systemic issues which fuel our incarceration crisis: trauma. The films in this series profile two different programs that aim to reduce the recidivism of formerly-incarcerated individuals by providing holistic, trauma-informed approaches that we can apply to our Pasadena community.
Homeboy Staff: Inez Salcido ~ George Nunez ~ Emily Chapa ~ Chris Finney, Flintridge Pasadena Reintegration Program Norma Jimenez, Gang Interventionist and Peace Advocate
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Doors Open 6:00pm
Screening Begins 6:15pm Sharp
Community Dialogue 7:45pm
NAACP (Pasadena Branch)
IMA (Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance)
CICOPP (Coalition for Increased Civilian Oversight of Pasadena Police)
POP! (Pasadenans Organizing for Progress)
We need your help to canvass Pasadena Businesses to talk with workers and managers about the July 1, 2019 Minimum Wage Increase. Sign Up: http://bit.ly/POPoutreach