The City of Oakland wants to criminalize homelessness

Posted by on Sep 30, 2020 in Economic Justice Committee Blog | No Comments

The Life Enrichment Committee of the Oakland City Council has proposed “Encampment Management Policy” that will effectively criminalize homelessness in Oakland, leaving 10,000 residents with no place to go  Here’s the analysis from ShelterOak: Among other issues, the proposed policy would label any of the following as justifications for intervention, including forced removal: Living in […]

Ballot Nights, October 7 and October 14, with St. Columba Church: Learn about Critical Propositions

Posted by on Sep 28, 2020 in Economic Justice Committee Blog | No Comments

All Kehilla members are invited to join two Saint Columba Catholic Church town hall meetings dedicated to providing information about the state propositions. St. Columba, in Oakland, is a member of Faith in Action – East Bay as well as the Interfaith Coalition for Justice in our Jails, as is Kehilla. It describes itself: “Through […]

Nov 3, 2020 State Propositions – Voter guides

Posted by on Sep 26, 2020 in Economic Justice Committee Blog | No Comments

Nov 3, 2020 State Propositions – Voter guides Compiled by the Kehilla Economic Justice Committee (Richard Speiglman and Sandy Vaughn) from a variety of Progressive and Conservative sources. The EJC strongly urges YES on Propositions 15 and 25. The EJC stongly urges NO on Proposition 20. Nov 3, 2020 State Propositions – Voter guides (download the […]

Kehilla Says Vote No on Proposition 20

On September 9, 85 people gathered virtually for a “Votinar” to hear why Kehilla’s Economic Justice Committee, Bend the Arc Jewish Action, Faith in Action East Bay, Netivot Shalom, Plymouth Congregational (Jazz & Justice) Church, the Alameda County Public Health Commission, and other congregations are urging Californians to vote No on Proposition 20, the Prison Spending Scam.  If it passes, […]

Kehilla Members Support Limiting Reliance on Santa Rita Jail for Mental Health Needs of People in Custody

In April, more than 50 Kehilla members and friends participated in a postcard campaign directed at the Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, urging her, in light of the pandemic, to act with urgency to release many groups of people incarcerated at Santa Rita Jail. At least another 45 people associated with the Interfaith Coalition […]

Send Postcards: It is vital to reduce the population of Santa Rita Jail now

Dear Kehilla member, Kehilla, through the Economic Justice Committee, is active in the The Interfaith Coalition for Justice in Our Jails.  The Coalition is very concerned about the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the Alameda County Jail and has organized a postcard campaign to pressure District Attorney Nancy O’Malley <> to de-populate the jails in […]

Urge NO Vote on $85 Million for Expansion of Santa Rita Jail Staff

Dear Friends, In the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic and a crisis of homelessness, unemployment, school closures, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors will hold a vote on a combined Sheriff’s – Health Services Agency budget request for funds totaling $255 million on Tuesday, 4/21. The vast majority of these new funds will be dedicated to hiring additional sheriff’s […]

Economic Justice Committee Report, March, 2020

by Myrna Schwartz and Richard Speiglman February 2020 Schools and Communities First initiative – EJCers are actively engaged in the gathering of signatures to get this important initiative on the November ballot.  March 14 is the deadline for the organizations we’re working with (Faith in Action – East Bay; East Bay Citizens for Action).  If […]

Homeless Action now Part of the Economic Justice Committee!  Join us at our first meeting, March 25, 7 – 8:30pm – ONLINE

The last two years have seen a 47% increase in homelessness in Oakland. Over 70% of the people living on the streets are African American. This is not just a crucial racial and economic justice issue, but a public health issue as well. Although Kehilla member Talya Husbands- Hankin has been addressing this issue, there […]

Economic Justice Committee Report Back: Schools & Communities First Ballot & Tiny House Village

Kehilla’s Economic Justice Committee has focused on criminal justice and affordable housing issues throughout the past year, while closely watching the progress of a ballot measure to reform California property taxes on large businesses.  After important revisions to this measure, now known as “Schools & Communities First,” Kehilla has joined a broad coalition to endorse […]