Screening of Full Length 30 Min. Video of Chris Ballew Incident.

Screening of Full Length 30 Min. Video of Chris Ballew Incident.

Join us for a screening of this highly controversial video detailing what happened on November 9, 2017, the night Chris Ballew was beaten and arrested by 2 Pasadena Police Officers. The half More »

PRESS RELEASE: STATEMENT OF PASADENANS ORGANIZING FOR PROGRESS (POP!) ON THE RESIGNATION OF POLICE CHIEF PHILLIP SANCHEZ

PRESS RELEASE: STATEMENT OF PASADENANS ORGANIZING FOR PROGRESS (POP!) ON THE RESIGNATION OF POLICE CHIEF PHILLIP SANCHEZ

                To download our statement click HERE. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                        More »

Canvass for Rent Control in Pasadena!

Canvass for Rent Control in Pasadena!

Join POP! members this Saturday at the Pasadena Community Job Center to support the Pasadena Tenants Union to gather signatures for Pasadena Fair and Equitable Housing Charter Amendment for Rent Control & More »

Press Release: Systematic Wage Theft Alleged in Construction of Pasadena Housing Project

Press Release: Systematic Wage Theft Alleged in Construction of Pasadena Housing Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            More »

Stand in solidarity with immigrant workers and demand an end to systemic wage theft!

Stand in solidarity with immigrant workers and demand an end to systemic wage theft!

If you’ve read the most recent study by the Economic Policy Institute about the amount of stolen wages that the Department of Labor (DOL) recovered in 2015 and 2016, you will understand why it is More »

Yes to ADUs! It’s time to amend the accessory dwelling unit regulations in Pasadena.

Yes to ADUs! It’s time to amend the accessory dwelling unit regulations in Pasadena.

Pasadena has the opportunity to help alleviate our housing crisis, but our City Council needs to hear from you!  On Monday, December 11, 2018 at 7 PM, the Pasadena City Council will hear More »

Donate to POP! this #GivingTuesday

Donate to POP! this #GivingTuesday

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday! Would you be joining us?  Tomorrow, November 28, POP! is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving back to our community. Donate to POP! and help us continue our mission to make More »

Planning Commission should reject Carmel’s luxury housing project unless it addresses affordable housing

Planning Commission should reject Carmel’s luxury housing project unless it addresses affordable housing

Here it is, in case you missed our co-chairs’ op-ed published in the Pasadena Weekly last week. It’s a great read! It explains why we are going to the Planning Commission Hearing More »

Screening of Full Length 30 Min. Video of Chris Ballew Incident.

Join us for a screening of this highly controversial video detailing what happened on November 9, 2017, the night Chris Ballew was beaten and arrested by 2 Pasadena Police Officers.

The half hour video, produced by James Farr, presents an in-depth interview of Ballew’s attorney, John Burton, and provides a moment-by-moment analysis of what took place on the night of November 9, 2017. Moderated by Brandon Lamar, Community Leader/Advocate, and Eshele Williams PsyD, LMFT, Psychotherapist/Consultant

Sponsors: IMA ( Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance) NAACP, CICOPP (Coalition for Increased Civilian Oversite Pasadena Police) and POP (Pasadena Organizing Progress)

PRESS RELEASE: STATEMENT OF PASADENANS ORGANIZING FOR PROGRESS (POP!) ON THE RESIGNATION OF POLICE CHIEF PHILLIP SANCHEZ

   

   

   

   

To download our statement click HERE.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                            March 13, 2018

CONTACT: 
Lizbeth Mateo, lizbeth.mateo@poppasadena.org,  310-367-7774
Ed Washatka, ed.washatka@gmal.com,  310-489-9951

STATEMENT OF PASADENANS ORGANIZING FOR PROGRESS (POP!) ON THE RESIGNATION OF POLICE CHIEF PHILLIP SANCHEZ

The most important goal of the next police chief will be to establish trust with Pasadena residents, and the community should have a say on who will take on this important job. 

Pasadena, CA. In light of Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez’s resignation, Pasadenans Organizing for Progress (POP!) calls on the City to engage the public in an open and transparent process to select the new leader for the city’s police department. As this matter will undoubtedly impact Pasadena greatly, POP! urges City Manager Steve Mermell to work with stakeholders in the identification of skills and qualities needed in the next Chief of Police, as well as gather constituent input during the selection process. Those called upon in this joint effort should include: the local branches of the NAACP and ACLU, the Coalition for Increased Oversight of the Pasadena Police (CICOPP), POP!, and many others.

“During his tenure as the leader of Pasadena Police Department, we worked with Chief Sanchez on many important issues and we commend him for being accessible to the community,” said Juliana Serrano, a member of POP!’s Executive Committee.  “While the department has faced many challenges, we recognize that it does many things right. However, there is much room for improvement. POP! believes that more can be done to become the department that truly serves Pasadena’s diverse community.”

Misconduct by police is a nationwide problem and Pasadena is no exception.  It cannot be fixed simply by replacing police chiefs. It requires changing the relationship between the police and the community.  The most important goal of the next police chief will be to establish trust with Pasadena residents, especially African American and Latino residents who have been the victims of racial profiling, excessive force, and other police practices that undermine healthy police-community relations.

The most egregious recent example is the beating of Christopher Ballew by two patrol officers in Altadena on November 9, 2017.

“Allowing those police officers to remain on patrol while an investigation was pending aggravated public distrust of the department” said Kimberly Douglas, POP! co-chair. It was only after community groups — including CICOPP, NAACP, ACLU, Pasadenans and Altadenans Against Police Violence, Indivisible Alta-Pasadena, Neighbors Building A Better Altadena, CLUE, and POP! — demanded that these two officers be removed from the streets that Chief Sanchez finally assigned them to desk duty. However, the beating of Mr. Ballew was only the latest incident that strained the trust between the PPD and the community.

Many grassroots groups have pushed the Mayor, City Council, City Manager, and Chief Sanchez to make the PPD more accountable to the public and to address chronic problems of police-community relations.

“We were successful in getting the PPD to end its cooperation with federal immigration agents that could lead to the deportation of innocent Pasadena residents, but it should not have taken such a sustained community organizing effort to pressure a reluctant City Council and City Manager to adopt these policies” said Pablo Alvarado, POP! co-chair and Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, one of the leading organizations fighting for immigrant rights.

Every effort to reform the PPD has taken a sustained organizing effort by community groups, including recently getting the City to pledge to collect racial and demographic data on every police interaction with the community, three years before it is required to do so under new state law –the Racial Identity and Profiling Act (RIPA). Early implementation of RIPA will help systemically identify the magnitude of racial profiling in the City of Pasadena.

The resignation of Chief Sanchez is no guarantee that the crisis afflicting the PPD will be resolved.  The intransigence of the Department has several sources. One is a City Council and City leaders who have shown little interest and leadership in making much needed changes and have instead dug in their heels in defense of status quo policies and performance. Another is the opposition of the Pasadena Police Officers Association to every meaningful reform proposal.

“Most Pasadena police officers are responsible public servants. They deserve decent pay, working conditions, and ongoing training” said Ed Washatka, a POP! executive committee member and a graduate of the department’s Community Police Academy program. “The leadership of their union has often been an obstacle to reform, overzealously defending the bad practices of those officers who violate the public trust.”

The next Pasadena police chief needs to be someone who is willing to work with and listen to the community. Now more than ever we need local leadership to do more to protect human rights, civil rights, and immigrant rights, as our Federal government seems to be doing everything it can to undermine those rights.

But we cannot put our faith in a single individual, regardless of how responsible and committed he or she is to addressing the concerns of the Pasadena community. POP! and others will remain focused on our goals of police reform that includes but is not limited to, increased training and the hiring of an independent police auditor, to ensure that police are accountable to the city’s residents. POP! looks forward to the opportunity to work with Interim Chief John Perez.

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Canvass for Rent Control in Pasadena!

Join POP! members this Saturday at the Pasadena Community Job Center to support the Pasadena Tenants Union to gather signatures for Pasadena Fair and Equitable Housing Charter Amendment for Rent Control & Just Cause Ballot.

We all know that rents are out of control in Pasadena and many low income families are being pushed out of our communities because they can no longer afford to live in our City. Please join us this Saturday to canvas with POP! and the PTU.

Come to the Job Center (500 N. Lake Ave) at 9 AM, meet other POP! members, pick up a signature packet, and receive training on rent control and just cause. We will canvass the neighborhood to collect signatures starting at 10 AM.

Please be sure to:

-Wear comfortable clothing
-Bring a bag for easy storage of petition and fliers
-Bring black pens (we will have some but bring an extra one if you can!)
-HAVE FUN!!!