On February 18, tenants and their allies across the Bay Area will hold a march and rally in Sacramento to kick off the campaign to reform the state Ellis Act. The stakes have never been higher, and Tenants Together will have enough buses and carpools to accommodate everyone who can attend.

During the 1980’s and early 1990’s, tenants routinely bussed up to Sacramento to fight anti-tenant legislation. On February 18, the goal will be to get people up to the state capital to support positive legislation, in this case a holding period that will stop Ellis speculator evictions.

There are two pick up spots in the bay area. In San Francisco, meet at Fulton between Larkin and Hyde. In Oakland, meet at the MacArthur Bart station. Buses leave at 7:30 sharp, and people are advised to be there at 7:15 to be safe.

To be guaranteed a spot on the bus, people should reserve a spot online by signing up at https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5247/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=69781

People can also sign up for carpools (either as drivers or passengers) at http://www.groupcarpool.com/t/zvxk94

You can also reserve a spot by calling Tenants Together at 415.495.8100 x 1003 (weekend calls will be returned Monday). Online bus reservation closes at noon Monday but if you wake up early Tue and want to go there is an extra bus and some carpools with room so you should be accommodated.

If you are driving up on your own, here is the day’s schedule:

Gather at 11th and L Street in Sacramento, 9:30 am
March at 10 am
Rally at 11am at Capitol building, north steps (11th and L)

Tenants from the Central Valley will be joining the events via a bus carrying tenants from Fresno and Merced plus carpools from elsewhere in the region.

Feb. 18 will be the biggest tenant rally for Ellis Act reform in Sacramento history. It will be an inspiring experience, and everyone who has time that day should come.