On May Day (Wednesday, May 1, 2019) parents and community members across Concord and Contra Costa will gather in solidarity to keep Concord’s children and families housed with a peaceful, fun, and family-friendly march through the heart of Concord, starting at Meadow Homes Park at 5:00 PM and ending at Todos Santos Plaza.
Skyrocketing rents, evictions without cause, displacement and homelessness are plaguing the City of Concord, leaving low-income children and families most vulnerable.
The march will celebrate the vitality, music, and solidarity of Concord. There will be performances and motivating speeches and calls to action from local community, labor, and faith leaders, including the Central County Regional Group (CCRG)—a group of Concord parent advocates striving to make Contra Costa County safer, healthier, and more equitable for families.
“This May Day march sends a critical message to local decision makers to keep Concord children and families in safe, secure homes. Parents, renters, landlords and organizations call on this city council to protect hard working families and put an end to skyrocketing rents and unjust evictions,” said Rhea Elina Laughlin with First 5 Contra Costa.
“I’m a single mother and work full time. Last year I received a $700 rent increase,” said Jima Monson, a parent advocate with the Central County Regional Group. “One more rent increase, and I will be living in my car with my daughter.”
Residents look to city council to protect vulnerable residents, including young children, from displacement and homelessness. In a survey of residents carried out by the CCRG and Raise the Roof Coalition, more than 90% of survey participants support Concord policies that prevent unjust evictions and limit rent increases, and more than 90% of Concord homeowners and renters feel personally impacted by the housing crisis.
When and Where:
- Wednesday, May 1, 2019
- 5 PM: Gathering at Meadow Homes Park, 1351 Detroit Ave, Concord, CA 94520
- 5:30 PM: March to Todos Santos Plaza, 2175 Willow Pass Rd, Concord, CA 94520
- 6:15 PM: Rally and Program at Todos Santos Plaza
The May Day March is carried out by the Raise the Roof Coalition, Central County Regional Group, and First 5 Contra Costa.
- Raise the Roof Coalition is a coalition of faith, labor, tenant and community leaders working towards roof and refuge for all Concord residents.
- The Central County Regional Group is a parent advocacy group of residents working to make Central County healthier, safer, and more equitable for young children and families.
- First 5 Contra Costa helps young children start school healthy, nurtured and ready to learn by investing in programs and activities focused on children during their first five years—the most important time in children’s development.
Housing insecurity has a devastating impact on the health, well-being, and development of our youngest children. In honor of May Day, residents march to call on city council to protect Concord children and families.