[chrysalis.activism] Correction: BTU August Newsletter

Anna McFall annasmcfall at gmail.com
Wed Sep 2 16:56:09 CDT 2020


*I printed an extra copy of the matching form, lmk if you need one printed.

On Wed, Sep 2, 2020 at 2:50 PM Anna McFall <annasmcfall at gmail.com> wrote:

> "Additionally we strongly encourage all Berkeley residents to donate up
> to $50 to Council Member Davila's campaign. Because Council Member Davila
> is using public financing, all donations from Berkeley residents will be
> matched at a six-to-one ration by the city; for instance, if you donate
> $50, she will receive $350!  (Persons who live outside Berkeley can also
> donate up to $50 to Council Member Davila and are encouraged to do so, but
> their donations won't be matched by the City.)  If you haven't done so yet,
> please donate now
> <https://berkeleytenants.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d3053fd94934e92d237a8b9e8&id=e8cdd97d8a&e=3e8121fe7e>
> ."
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ---------
> From: Berkeley Tenants Union <info at berkeleytenants.org>
> Date: Wed, Sep 2, 2020 at 8:00 AM
> Subject: Correction: BTU August Newsletter
> To: Anna Mcfall <annasmcfall at gmail.com>
>
>
> The previous version of this email mistakenly said this Saturday's Cheryl
> Davila canvass is Aug 5. In fact, this Saturday (and the canvass) is Sept 5.
>
> The previous version of this email mistakenly said this Saturday's Cheryl
> Davila canvass is August 5.  In fact, this Saturday (and the canvass) is
> September 5.  This has been corrected below.
> *August 2020 Newsletter*
>
> Dear Anna,
>
> Did you know that the original Berkeley Tenants Union was founded 51 years
> ago yesterday (August 30, 1969)?  Over half a century, BTU is fighting to
> ensure every Berkeley resident has permanently affordable housing and the
> strongest tenants right possible.
>
> You can learn more about how BTU is doing so below.  With your help, we're
> fighting for a Berkeley that works for all of us.  Berkeley Tenants unite!
> Sincerely,
> The Berkeley Tenants Union Steering Committee
> Canvass for Cheryl Davila this Saturday!
>
> *When:* This Saturday, September 5 at 2:00PM - 4:00PM (air quality
> permitting)
> *Where:* George Florence Park (10th Street between Allston and Addison)
>
> BTU-endorsed Council Member Cheryl Davila's reelection campaign holds a
> canvass every Saturday from 2-4PM (weather - including air quality -
> permitting).  Please join her campaign this Saturday at the George Florence
> Park on 10th Street between Allston Way and Addison Street.
>
> Additionally we strongly encourage all Berkeley residents to donate up to
> $50 to Council Member Davila's campaign. Because Council Member Davila is
> using public financing, all donations from Berkeley residents will be
> matched at a six-to-one ration by the city; for instance, if you donate
> $50, she will receive $350!  (Persons who live outside Berkeley can also
> donate up to $50 to Council Member Davila and are encouraged to do so, but
> there donations won't be matched by the City.)  If you haven't done so yet,
> please donate now
> <https://berkeleytenants.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d3053fd94934e92d237a8b9e8&id=e8cdd97d8a&e=3e8121fe7e>
> .
> Pay Dues So You Can Vote on Endorsements
>
> Besides Council Member Davila, BTU has also endorsed Ben Bartlett for City
> Council District 3, the Right to Housing Slate - Andy Kelley, Dominique
> Walker, Leah Simon-Weisberg, Mari Mendonca, and Xavier Johnson - for Rent
> Board, and YES on Proposition 15.  With ballots set to arrive in less than
> 5 weeks, BTU memberswill vote on additional endorsements soon.  However, in
> order to participate in BTU votes you need to have paid dues within the
> last year.
>
> Dues dues are a sliding scale of just $10 - $27 per year, though those
> that are able to give more are strongly encouraged to do so.  You can
> donate or pay dues by clicking the yellow "Donate" button in the
> upper-right corner of our website
> <https://berkeleytenants.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d3053fd94934e92d237a8b9e8&id=3454dd23d0&e=3e8121fe7e>;
> or, if you are currently in Berkeley and would prefer pay dues by cash or
> check (which lets us avoid paying a transaction fee), you can email
> info at berkeleytenants.org <info at berkeleytenants.org?subject=Dues> to have
> someone come pick up your dues in-person (we'll do so in a way that
> maintains proper social distancing).  Benefits of membership include voting
> rights and priority sign-ups for our free counseling clinics.
> BTU Advocates for UCB Student-Tenants
>
> On Tuesday (8/25), BTU held a press conference that UC Berkeley has been
> punishing students who fall behind on rent due to coronavirus, such as by
> blocking them from registering for classes.  (UC Berkeley's actions would
> likely be illegal, except that it is likely exempt from local ordinances
> banning such practices because the  UC is a state agency.)  Speakers
> included Berkeley Council Members Davila and Bartlett, Rent Board
> Commissioners Laverde and Tregub, and representatives from BTU and the
> student-tenant-organizers.
>
> You can learn more about the press conference by watching it here
> <https://berkeleytenants.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d3053fd94934e92d237a8b9e8&id=0c319eb9e3&e=3e8121fe7e>
> or reading the press coverage here
> <https://berkeleytenants.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d3053fd94934e92d237a8b9e8&id=0d7a4719f0&e=3e8121fe7e>.
> We'll continue monitoring the system to ensure that UC Berkeley promptly
> and permanently implements policies that do right by its tenants, just like
> we're doing with the situation at 1921 Walnut Street.
> Upcoming Events on the Horizon
>
> We expect to hold another one of our monthly counseling clinics next
> month.  Once we have a date, we will let you know about it.
>
> The City Council recess will reconvene from its summer recess on September
> 15, and will take up a two-part item from (BTU-endorsed) Council Member
> Cheryl Davila designed with the Berkeley Tenants Union.  The first part
> would call on UC Berkeley to voluntarily comply with local ordinances
> suspending rent for tenants financially affected by the coronavirus
> pandemic and banning evictions.  The second part of the item strengthens
> Berkeley's own ordinance to bring it in line with the county ordinance and
> also provide additional protections; however, new legislation just
> announced by the Governor (AB 3088
> <https://berkeleytenants.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d3053fd94934e92d237a8b9e8&id=4a7bbd5914&e=3e8121fe7e>)
> will prevent Berkeley and other cities from strengthening their own laws
> until February, so it's currently unclear what will happen to that part of
> the item.  We will let you know once we have updated details and a Zoom
> link.
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