Immediately after the fires our initial action centered on working with low income and undocumented communities to directly address the inequities of the response to the wildfires. Our response is centered around the concepts of a Just Recovery - a recovery focused on the needs of people and the planet, a deepened democracy, and racial and environmental justice.
Undocufund - The UndocuFund, formed by NBOP and our allies Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, The Graton Day Labor Center and North Bay Jobs with Justice, has distributed $6.3 million dollars directly into the pockets of the Sonoma County undocumented population.
Immigrant Defense - We continue to organize and lead the North Bay Rapid Response Network (Sonoma, Napa and Solano Counties) that serves to verify and document ICE raids, accompany undocumented community members to immigration hearings, and provide ongoing training to legal observers, accompaniment teams, and community members.
Right to a Roof - We have expanded our work on tenant protections, and continue to lead a coalition to gain greater protections for tenants. Rents had risen 50% over 5 years prior to the fires and spiked 36% more after the fires. A 1% vacancy rate has left renters and low wage earners more vulnerable then ever, and many are rapidly being displaced from our region.
Sanacíon del Pueblo - Learn more about our people’s healing clinics here.