2018 Annual Awards Celebration

Featuring Cleve Jones  

(Click the name for more info)

Join us in honoring: 

        • The Santa Rosa Fair and Affordable Housing Coalition, for their incredible work on the Measure C campaign
        • The Waste & Recycling Workers of Teamsters 665, for their incredible campaign to build a union under the                            Ratto Company and move forward a Zero Waste Coalition 
        • Community leader Sebastian Mendoza, for his leadership in forming the community group who organized over                      1,500 young people to Walkout for Immigration Reform in Support of All Undocumented Immigrants this past March

Individual Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door

They can be reserved at the early-bird price by CLICKING HERE 

This event is wheelchair accessible. Email jwjevents@gmail.com for childcare. Se proporcionará traducción en español. 

More about Cleve Jones: 
Cleve Jones is a human rights activist, author and lecturer based out of San Francisco. Jones joined the gay liberation movement in the early 1970s, mentored by pioneer LGBT activist Harvey Milk as his intern in City Hall until his assassination in 1978. He can be seen in the award-winning film Milk. Jones co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation in 1983 and founded The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt in 1987, one of the world’s largest community arts projects. In 2005, Cleve Jones became the Community and Political Coordinator with UNITE HERE, where he has led LGBTQ and labor coalitions in taking on some of the toughest corporations in the hospitality industry. He has also worked to make the labor movement more inclusive of LGBTQ workers via the insertion of LGTBQ safeguards in union contracts to protect workers from discrimination. These protections can be enforced even in States and cities where no such discrimination laws exist.

The Just Recovery Alliance

In the wake of the terrible firestorm that hit Sonoma County in October of 2017, North Bay Jobs with Justice quickly mobilized community, environmental, housing and labor organizations to meet and form the Alliance for a Just, Equitable and Sustainable Recovery (Just Recovery Alliance for short). The Just Recovery Alliance meets the first Thursday of every month to review current issues facing our community in regards to the rebuild, and has been working since November of 2017 to put together a policy platform with which individuals and organizations can use to help ensure our community recovers not just for some but for all. 

So what IS a Just, Equitable and Sustainable Recovery? 

Our Alliance believes that a truly just recovery from any natural disaster requires a holistic approach, and that: 

  • Structural issues of inequality, climate crisis, and racial and environmental justice are part of the recovery and rebuilding process;

  • The most impacted community must have a meaningful voice at the table of all decisions made;

  • All recovery and rebuilding processes are transparent, inclusive, and create economic opportunity for low-income communities and eliminate environmental disparities across communities;

  • Combine our strengths as independent organizations, groups, places of worship, and labor unions to touch on four major areas of recovery and rebuilding: Good Jobs, Affordable Housing, Sustainable Energy and Green Construction, and Community Engagement/Democratic planning.

To download the AJR's Mission Statement and policy statements (with translations in Spanish), click on "The Just Recovery Alliance" heading at the top of this article above. 

Still Reeling: What Does a Just Recovery Look Like?
By Mara Ventura and Martin J. Bennett

North Bay Bohemian
July 10th, 2018

Eight months after the most destructive wildfire in California history, many Sonoma County residents are still struggling to recover. Long before the Tubbs fire, widening inequality, increasing poverty, and the expansion of low-wage work had undermined economic security for low and middle-income residents. Moreover, building in high fire risk areas­, one of the major causes of the fire­, will continue and will increase the risk of another devastating fire...

...A just recovery must include public policy to raise the wage floor, make housing more affordable, and create good living wage jobs...


Give Santa Rosa Renters A Floor and A Ceiling
by Martin J. Bennett
The Press Democrat
July 6, 2018

The county’s affordable housing crisis which was challenging prior to the Tubbs fire, is now on the verge of catastrophe. The county and all cities must adopt new emergency measures and a multi pronged approach to avert the displacement of low- and moderate-income renters.

A 2017 report by the California Housing Partnership Corporation (CHPC) outlines the scope of the crisis. Between 2000-2015 inflation-adjusted median rent in the county increased by 16 percent while median renter income declined by 6 percent. Then, according to the web site Zillow.com, median rents jumped by 36 percent after the October 2017 fires. The CHPC report also indicates that since 2008, federal and state funding for affordable housing in the county dropped by 87 percent.

Governor Jerry Brown and the Legislature approved a package of bills last year to increase funding for affordable housing including a $4 billion bond measure that the voters will consider in the November general election. Santa Rosa may also place a housing bond measure on the ballot. However, even if both bond measures are approved, construction will take several years.

The county’s housing and displacement crisis requires immediate action and is compounded by the high cost of living in coastal California and the explosion of low-wage employment.



50 Years Ago: King, Memphis, and the Poor People’s Campaign

by Martin J. Bennett
Beyond Chron
May 31, 2018


Most Americans know that a white racist assassinated Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4,1968 – fifty years ago. But few understand the historical context and why King was in Memphis.

King came to Memphis in March of 1968 to support 1300 African-American sanitation workers that were on strike for a living wage, the right to form a union, and dignity in the workplace. Historian Michael Honey explains in his new book To the Promised Land: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic Justice that the sanitation strike marked the beginning of a nationwide Poor People’s campaign launched by Dr. King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to address the root causes of poverty and inequality.


Dumped On: Republic Service's Union-Busting Tactics Didn't Work

By Martin J. Bennett
North Bay Bohemian
May 23-29, 2018


On April 18th workers at the county landfill and transfer stations voted to affiliate with Teamsters Local 665 in an election certified by the National Labor Relations Board.

The landfill is operated by Republic Services, the second largest company in the waste management industry with 190 landfills in forty states. The union victory is important for the workers and the entire community.

When the landfills were contracted out in 2013, Republic cut wages by $3 an hour and workers lost their pension benefits.


Protesters Show Support for Undocumented Immigrants in Santa Rosa March

By Martin Espinoza
The Press Democrat
March 6, 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

More than 1,500 immigrants and their supporters marched through downtown Santa Rosa on Monday as part of a national campaign calling on President Donald Trump and Congress to bring permanent relief to undocumented immigrants.

The march, which started at Santa Rosa Junior College, was held on the day the president had hoped to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA — an executive order under former President Barack Obama that granted temporary relief from deportation to those illegally brought to the United States as children.



Also check out this great video news clip from Univision: https://www.univision.com/san-francisco/kdtv/dreamers-protestan-en-las-calles-de-santa-rosa-video

And don't forget to check out our Facebook page for more great photos and video clips from the march!

Clean Up and Recovery from the fires is now underway, but the need is still great. NBJwJ is committed to ensuring that our community's recovery is a just and sustainable one for all workers affected by the fires, especially the many undocumented workers who will be unable to apply for resources. To that end, we joined with NBOP and the Graton Day Labor Center to start a fund with Grant Makers for Immigrants and Refugees to support undocumented children, families and community that have also lost either their homes or places of work. We established UNDOCUFUND.ORG to raise funds for this vulnerable group of workers. Please consider giving generously.

Donate here online: UndocuFund.org or send a check to: UndocuFund c/o GCIR, P.O. Box 1100, Sebastopol, California 95473-1100

If you or someone you know could benefit from this fund, please go to Undocufund.org for information. Or contact: Omar Medina at omedina@undocufund.org