On December 5, a broad coalition of renters, tenant advocates, social justice groups, and elected officials joined the grassroots movement to passthe 2020 Rental Affordability Act, which aims to expand rent control in California. The movement collected signatures from more than one million Californians to place the statewide initiative on the November ballot.
Celebrating this remarkable achievement, activists and residents held rallies in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego.
The grassroots movement includes labor and civil rights icon Dolores Huerta, the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, San Diego Tenants United, the Eviction Defense Network, the Democratic Socialists of America – Los Angeles, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Housing Is A Human Right, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, and Congresswoman Maxine Waters, among others.
The grassroots movement will be challenged by Big Real Estate, which is already gearing up to stop the Rental Affordability Act. The real estate industry wants to keep the profitable status quo of unfair, excessive rents that have fueled California’s housing affordability and homeless crises.
Rent control is officially on the statewide ballot.
Now it’s time to win.