Renters Day of Action held in Sacramento
Tenants converged on the Capitol Tuesday, February 18 for the largest renter mobilization in Sacramento in decades. Frustrated with surging rents and evictions, California renters are demanding more affordable homes, an end to Ellis Act evictions by speculators, and restoration of the renters’ rebate.
The event was being organized by Tenants Together, California’s statewide organization for renters’ rights. Hundreds of renters took to the Capitol for the Renters’ Day of Action. The day started with a march that began at 10:00 a.m. at 11th & L Streets in Sacramento.
A rally followed at 11:00 a.m. on the North Steps of the Capitol Building. Speakers included individual tenants, State Senator Mark Leno, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, Jose Luis Barraza (Fresno Housing Alliance), Rev. Norman Fong (Chinatown Community Development Center), Hene Kelly (California Alliance of Retired Americans), and representatives from numerous other community organizations.
There are over 15 million tenants in California. Most are low and middle income and struggling for daily survival. Rents have soared, as have evictions by speculators. Meanwhile, basic safety net programs like the renters’ rebate have been slashed to the detriment of tenants statewide.