The Alliance for a Just Recovery presents:

What Is a Just, Equitable, and Sustainable Recovery For Sonoma County?

Thursday, July 19TH       6:00 – 7:30 PM

(Doors open at 5:30 pm)

Join us as we examine the social and economic impacts of the October firestorms on low and moderate-income residents, featuring the voices of residents who were struggling to make ends meet before the fires and who are now threatened with displacement from our community.

Presenters will include service and public sector workers, immigrants, youth, renters, homeless residents, and representatives from the Alliance* who will present specific policy proposals for a just recovery.

 FREE and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible.
Coffee and light refreshments served.
Spanish translation provided.


Location: Christ Church United Methodist, 1717 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa

For more information contact:
Phone: (707) 293-2863


*Event Co-sponsors and Alliance for a Just Recovery member organizations include: North Bay Jobs with Justice, North Bay Labor Council, North Bay Organizing Project, Sonoma County Conservation Action, 350Sonoma, Democratic Socialists of America North Bay, Sonoma County Transportation and Land Use Coalition, Transition Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County Democratic Party, Greenbelt Alliance, Christ Church United Methodist, Sonoma Valley Housing Group

Flyer for download click HERE

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:

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: 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 for information. Or contact: Omar Medina at