Who Are We?
Pasadena is facing a housing crisis of epic proportions. The Pasadena Tenant Justice Coalition (PTJC) is founded in direct response to Pasadena’s tenant housing crisis. PTJC is an alliance of organizations and supporters who are not standing by to watch the horrific displacement of tenants in our community.
PTJC is grounded in the principles of inclusion, committed to racial, ethnic and language justice, invested in the promotion of the interests of the city’s renters, especially its lower income households. This commitment is in recognition that the city is rapidly and unrelentingly gentrifying, resulting in the displacement of the city’s most vulnerable households and communities. PTJC is committed to reversing the city’s indifference to the displacement within our beloved community of those populations that contribute so much to its rich cultural diversity.
PTJC is an alliance of organizations campaigning for a ballot measure to adopt rent control and eviction protections in Pasadena for the 2020 general election.
The Campaign Timeline
The campaign will proceed in four distinct phases
- Building Community Support (May 2019 - Sept. 2019) : Reaching out to all parts of the Pasadena community through canvasses, event tabling, and tenant rights workshops to educate as well as learn from our neighbors about the housing crisis in our city, and why we need rent control and eviction protections.
- Signature Gathering for Our Petition (Sept. 2019 - Apr. 2020) : Getting the signatures from Pasadena voters to show the desire for this measure, and to put the measure on the 2020 ballot.
- Getting Out the Vote (Apr. 2020 - Nov. 2020) : Keeping the energy going and reminding people to VOTE YES on rent control and eviction protections.
- Implementing the Measure! (Nov. 2020 - until we get it!) : Ensure that city council follows through to create and uphold these new laws.
The coalition is composed of the following organizations
Pasadena Tenants Union (PTU) is a grassroots movement founded in November 2016. Pasadena Tenants Union was born to defend and advance tenant solidarity for housing rights due to rent gouging and evictions without cause in Pasadena. PTU advocates for renter rights and tenant protections from displacement caused by gentrification. PTU believes housing is a human right and renters have an inalienable right to safe, decent, stable and affordable housing.
The Socialist Scientists of Pasadena are composed of student and post-doctoral researchers who rent in Pasadena. SSOP recognizes the importance of engaging with the community we live in, participating not just through ideas but through action. We believe democracy means more than voting, it requires active participation so that all aspects of community life -- work, housing, recreation -- are decided by the many, not the few.
Affordable Housing Services (AHS) houses and advocates on behalf of Pasadena’s low and no income tenants, especially those presently being rapidly and permanently displaced because of rising rents. It is especially committed to ensuring that African American and Latino households whose parents survived segregation, discrimination and restrictive covenants endorsed by the City may live and prosper in Pasadena. It supports the 2020 initiative to enhance tenant protections because the City Council has for too long refused to adopt meaningful measures to achieve housing security for those who now compose the majority of Pasadena’s residents.
The American Civil Liberties Union - Southern California (ACLU SoCal) and its Pasadena-Foothills Chapter are committed to economic and racial justice, as well as housing security for tenants. ACLU SC specifically endorsed rent control as one tool for achieving tenant housing security and preserving affordable housing units. The Chapter applauds the efforts to enhance tenant protections for Pasadena residents and joins in solidarity with its Pasadena Tenants Justice Campaign partners to establish just cause eviction and rent control protections in the City.
The Democratic Socialists of America Los Angeles (DSA-LA) seeks to facilitate the transition to a society based on the ideals of freedom, creativity, sustainability, justice, equality, and solidarity. DSA-LA has many issue based committees, and the Housing and Homelessness Committee has contributed labor to this campaign, recognizing the intrinsic link between homelessness and affordable housing.