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The Fresno Bee: A rental registry is Fresno’s newest weapon in the battle to wipe out housing blight

A Rental Registry is Fresno’s Newest Weapon in the Battle to Wipe Out Housing Blight

Faith in the Valley, a grassroots organization that represents around 120 congregations in the central San Joaquin Valley, is encouraged by the launch of the registry. But “this first step took almost a year since the program was passed and our families had to endure yet another winter in substandard housing,” said organizer Lety Valencia. “We pray the city of Fresno will not continue to delay and (will) start the proactive inspections as urgently and efficiently as possible.
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Mayor Michael Tubbs gathers Advance Peace supporters ahead of Stockton council meeting

Mayor Gathers Advance Peace Supporters Ahead of Stockton Council Meeting

Gun violence in Stockton continues to be a hot-button issue. It’s guaranteed to take center stage tonight when the City Council will be asked to consider a resolution supporting a four-year partnership with Advance Peace, a crime-reduction program that has shown some promise in Richmond, the East Bay city where it was first introduced. The program has riled some residents who believe mistakenly that Advance Peace is publicly funded and pays criminals not to commit crimes.
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Faith in the Valley and other Stockton organizations all publicly support Advance Peace at a press conference

Stockton Mayor Continues Push for Controversial ‘Advance Peace’ Program

Elbert Holman, Vice Mayor of the City of Stockton, Bishop Rufus K. Turner with Victory in Praise and Faith in the Valley, Fathers and Families of San Joaquin, Cleveland Schools Remembers, and NAACP all publicly support Advance Peace. Julie Schardt, an organizer with Cleveland School Remembers says their group had been interested in Advance Peace long before it was announced that Mayor Michael Tubbs was interested in bringing it to Stockton.
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Faith In the Valley leaders holding hands during an action. (Photo by Bryan Patrick)

Thank You for Your Bold Leadership in 2017

It’s hard to believe that just one year ago, 1,500 of us stood together and publicly launched Faith In The Valley at the Founding Convention. We are so proud of all that we have accomplished together since then. One of the many big wins across the Valley this past year is the new breakthrough rental housing inspection program to enforce healthy standards for rental properties.
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Organizations like Faith in the Valley are seeking ways legal residents and citizens like this farmworker can respond if massive roundups and deportations begin. (Photo by Rich Pedroncelli, AP)

Rapid Response Training Programs are Aiming to Document ICE Activities

“We cannot stop ICE from doing what they do,” said Curtis Smith, a local pastor and community organizer, as he warned the volunteers not to interfere with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “But we can offer support so that people know they can count on their community to show up in their time of need.” The “rapid response” training program was one of a half-dozen being carried out this fall by Faith in the Valley.
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A MoveOn.org rally against the Trump Administration's Muslim ban. (Photo by Alejandro Alvarez)

Tell Congress: We Oppose Any Muslim Ban

We are extremely disappointed by the Supreme Court’s initial ruling this week to allow the Administration’s “Muslim Ban”—banning travel to the United States by residents of six Muslim-majority countries—to go into effect. We are sickened by this policy (grounded in absolutely no sound basis or rationale).
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Faith in Fresno leaders speak about the Fresno Legal Defense Fund at press conference.

Despite Being Denied by City Council, Fresno Gets Legal Fund for Undocumented After All

Numerous cities have dedicated public money to similar efforts in the face of increased immigration enforcement under the Trump administration, including Los Angeles and Chicago. But the Fresno City Council voted down a proposal in June to contribute public money to such a legal defense fund. “Even so, our community did not leave that day feeling defeated. We felt empowered,” Faith in Fresno organizer Sukaina Hussain said.
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Drop the Delay – Protect Renters Living in Misery

After nearly 14 years of protests, dozens of meetings with various officials, extensive research and lots of prayer, hundreds of concerned citizens and dedicated families finally convinced the Fresno City Council to pass breakthrough legislation that will begin to hold slumlords accountable for their unhealthy and dangerous properties. This historic vote to approve the Rental Housing Improvement Act happened in February. It’s now time for the vote to turn into action.
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