Homeless Action! Joins Effort to Stop Sonoma County Government Evictions Organization calls county vacate orders for nearly 200 low income renters from trailers and modest dwellings "shameful"

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Sonoma County Homeless Action! announced on November 10, 2021 that it will support the Stop All Government Evictions (SAGE) campaign in its effort to urge the Board of Supervisors to pass a moratorium on Permit Sonoma evictions of low income renters.

Homeless Action issued a press release, which can be read here,   is the region’s leading homeless rights organization. It release stated,

“Sonoma County government has stealthily become the greatest source of the removal of affordable safe housing in the North Bay and its code enforcement agency is responsible for more evictions of low income renters and homelessness than any corporate landlord in Sonoma County.”

Homeless Action supports the fast-growing Change.org petition to Stop All Government Evictions from safe affordable housing, now signed by more than 1,000 people (read and sign here). The release also linked to this awareness building video campaign featuring Copperwoman Saso, a local 70 year old grandmother who currently faces homelessness due to a Permit Sonoma vacate order on her safe, affordable tiny home.

In the 3-minute video (embedded below), songwriter Copperwoman performs an original housing rights song, “Everybody Needs A Home”  with images of her performing at local rallies and showing off her beautiful tiny home in the Forestville woods. The video, produced and marketed by the Sonoma Independent, has already seen on YouTube by more than 50,000 adults living in Sonoma County.

In the press release, Gail Simons, a member of the  Homeless Action! organization, stated, “This kind of activity on the part of the county is salt in the wounds of county residents in the lowest income brackets because they are housed and the county is forcing them into homelessness.”

In the midst of the devastating Covid-19 pandemic on top of the already existing monumental housing shortage, this is cruelty that could have and should have been avoided.”

Homeless Action is helping to publicize the Stop All Government Evictions campaign and is organizing an awareness rally for the cause, featuring Copperwoman and others, at the Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa, tentatively scheduled for December 12.


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Jonathan Greenberg is the editor and publisher of the award winning Sonoma Independent, which he founded to serve the public interest with insight, solutions and advocacy. He is also founder and CEO of ProgressiveSource.com, a 17 year old public interest digital advocacy company that builds public awareness of solutions that serve the common good. Progressive Source owns the Sonoma Independent and the Maui Independent. Jonathan is the also the founder of the Climate Solutions Advocacy Institute (CSAI) and its parent educational nonprofit, Informing to Empower. He created the non-profit democratizing media Candidates Video Debate platform, as well as the InformYourVote.org system. Through CSAI, he co-authored and directed the creation of California's Renewable Energy Acceleration Law ballot initiative. Jonathan was a Web 1.0 pioneer. In 1996 he started Gist Communications, a disruptive new media company that competed successfully with News Corp’s TV Guide Online. In 1997, Gist was one of just 14 websites in the world to be named a winner of the First Annual Webby Awards in San Francisco. Following Gist and the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Jonathan served, in 2002 and 2003, as Policy Director for the New York City Council’s Select Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment, where he directed media and public policy campaigns and was the city council’s lead analyst for federal relief programs. Simultaneous with his public interest work, Jonathan has been an investigative financial journalist with 40 years of experience with national publications, including Forbes, The Washington Post, The New York Times, New York, Town & Country. Mother Jones and The New Republic. During the past five years, Jonathan wrote four of the most widely-read exposes in the Washington Post about Donald Trump. Jonathan has known Trump longer than any journalist writing today. He was head of research for the first Forbes 400 when Trump conned him into putting him on the list. The notorious phone calls Trump taped pretending to be John Barron was the subject of monologues on Colbert, the Daily Show and Seth Meyers. Jonathan has appeared live on a dozen major news shows, including on CNN with Chris Cuomo, Erin Burnett and Don Lemon, on MSNBC with Ari Berber and Ali Velshi, and NPR's On the Media. He is a graduate of Yale Law School's Masters Degree in Law fellowship program. A fuller bio and links to Jonathan's work can be found at JonathanGreenberg.com.

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