top
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature
Mon Jan 4 2010
Re'Anita Burns Looks Back on a Decade of Activism in East Palo Alto
Mon Jan 4 2010
Profile of East Palo Alto Organizer Re'Anita Burns
Looking back on a life growing up in East Palo Alto, 24-year-old Re'Anita Burns cannot remember a time when there was not a monster living her backyard. The monster was a hazardous waste disposal company, Romic Technologies, with billowing smokestacks that spewed foul-smelling chemicals into this low-income community of color.

After Re'Anita and other members of Youth United for Community Action (YUCA) helped shut down the monster, The Nation hailed their victory over Romic as one of the top 10 youth activism victories of 2007.

Now, entering a second decade of community organizing, Re'Anita fights in YUCA's battle for affordable, decent housing in East Palo Alto. Giant landlord Page Mill Properties went into receivership in 2009, which led to some long overdue changes fought for by YUCA members, including improved apartment complex maintenance. However, Page Mill raised rents in violation of the city's rent stabilization ordinance before its financial collapse. Re'Anita refuses to give up on the tenants who need relief, and is working to roll back rents in Page Mill apartments.

photoRead the article | Youth United for Community Action
06/26/17 Timeline Documents High Rate of Officer-Involved Killings in Stockton, CA Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | Central Valley06/22/17 NoCARA Highlights the Local Racists Targeting Anti-Fascists Online and in the Courthouse Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | East Bay | North Bay / Marin06/20/17 Independent Audit Sought to Resolve Secretive Selection Process for Dem Party Chair Front Page | California | Government & Elections06/05/17 “Oil Money Out, People Power In” March and Rally in Sacramento Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Racial Justice | Central Valley | California | Government & Elections06/04/17 Once A Snitch, Always a Snitch: Andrew Clark Darst Ironically Protests His Lack of Privacy Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | U.S.06/01/17 Palestinian Hunger Strike Officially Suspended After Reaching An Agreement Front Page | Police State and Prisons | International | Palestine05/30/17 Artists Project Call for Trump Impeachment at Coliseum, Get Handcuffed by Security Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Arts + Action | East Bay | Government & Elections05/25/17 Prisoners Protest Inhumane Conditions in Segregation Units with Hunger Strike Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Central Valley | California05/22/17 Effort Underway to Stop Neo-Nazi Band The Highway Murderers from Performing in San José Front Page | Racial Justice | Arts + Action | South Bay | Santa Cruz Indymedia05/22/17 Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart Collaborates with ICE, Refuses to Change Policy Front Page | Police State and Prisons | U.S. | Government & Elections | Immigrant Rights | Santa Cruz Indymedia05/20/17 Report Details Racial Bias in California’s Traffic Court System, Bills Address Disparities Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | Central Valley | San Francisco | California | U.S. | Government & Elections
Related Categories: Peninsula | Education & Student Activism | Environment & Forest Defense | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Front Page
Reaction: Trump Withdraws US from Paris Climate Agreement Raging Grannies Action League Thursday Jun 1st 11:55 PM
Signs and Skit Against ICE in Mountain View Action League Wednesday May 3rd 3:11 PM
Tax Day Protest in Palo Alto Targets Apple Too Action League Sunday Apr 16th 8:31 PM
How the Biggest Racist Alt-Right Rally of 2017 is Happening…in Berkeley Northern California Anti-Racist Action (2 comments) Saturday Apr 15th 12:14 AM
Sacramento Rally & Senate Health Cmte Hearing-SB 562's 1st Vote! Elizabeth Montgomery Thursday Apr 13th 1:28 PM
More Local News...
[ × close ]
Millions of Acres of Forest Will Remain Protected for Marbled Murrelets in WA, OR, CA Center for Biological Diversity Wednesday Aug 3rd 3:37 PM
Apple's social plan to beat Facebook IndyRadio/Roknich Wednesday Feb 17th 3:32 PM
Feds Launch Review of Endangered West Coast Orcas Center for Biological Diversity Wednesday Jan 27th 5:18 PM
Apple, the State and Social Rights Mark Fliegauf and Hans Springstein Monday May 12th 6:01 AM
More Global News...
[ × close ]