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The Village is a direct action that became a movement. We provide food, provisions, advocacy, protection, defense and temporary housing  on public and private land for Oakland’s curbside communities. We are housed and unhoused volunteers who assert, ensure, protect, advocate and co-create basic needs and rights of Oakland residents who have fallen victim of the housing crisis and homeless state of emergency. We believe that using a diversity of tactics to reach our goals is necessary in the current political, economic and historic moment we are in: direct action and policy reform; adverse possession and purchasing lands; reparations and self-determination; serve the unsheltered and self-governance of unsheltered. We assert housing is a human right, that there are enough public resources to house all Oakland residents, and that homelessness is not a crime.

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United Nations Visit To Oakland Homeless Encampments

Press Conference For Immediate Release Bay Area Curbside Communities Respond To UN Special Report On Homelessness Naming Oakland, San Francisco As Human Rights Violators When and Where: Tuesday, October 23rd 11–12 Oakland City Hall Amphitheater Frank Ogawa Plaza On October 19th, the United Nations Special Rapporteur to the Right to Adequate Housing, Lelani Farha, released …

City Council to Vote on Oakland Shelter Crisis Ordinance

Oakland City Council To Reinstate An Expanded Shelter Crisis Ordinance Addressing The Homeless State of Emergency “The Village” Immediate Solution Model Protected Under Ordinance, City Owned Lands Potentially In The Future of The Community Led Response Oakland, CA – At 5pm on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Oakland City Council will deliberate whether or not to …

Housing & Dignity Project

The Housing & Dignity Project is an alliance between The Village, The East Oakland Collective and The Dellums Institute For Social Justice. Together we aim to:

  • use existing public resources and private resources to temporarily house 1,200 curbside residents in 6-8 self-governed Villages by Spring 2019
  • use existing public resources and private resources to permanently house 2,000 curbside residents in the next 6 months
  • support the passing of a community driven, comprehensive public lands policy
  • create an alternative tax stream that taps into the new wealth that has come into Oakland and use that tax steam to house curbside communities
  • change the narrative around the new face of homelessness created by the development agenda known as gentrification

to donate to our collaborative effort THE HOUSING & DIGNITY PROJECT please go here:

https://eastoaklandcollective.wedid.it/

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 15, 2018

 

Organizers of the First Annual Housing Oakland Now! Fundraiser’s
Public Statement on The New Parish Former Owner’s Abuse of Homeless Residents

 

Oakland, CA — On June 24, 2018, 3-9 PM, The Village, The East Oakland Collective, Dellums Institute for Social Justice, Gina Madrid and Equipto will be hosting a star studded benefit concert as the first annual fundraiser for grassroots organizations The Village and The East Oakland Collective’s on the ground and in the trenches work. Both these organizations tirelessly advocate and serve on behalf of Oakland’s unhoused brothers and sisters to provide housing, address hunger, bring dignity and implement immediate and long term permanent solutions to Oakland’s housing and homelessness crisis. The event will be hosted at the popular venue, The New Parish.

 

Recent news stories and media have brought to light disturbing allegations against Jason Perkins, a former partner of Parish Entertainment Group, who controls The New Parish. The allegations against Jason Perkins are for the gross mistreatment of unhoused persons in San Francisco and Oakland — allegations that we demand be fully investigated by the proper authorities. These allegations are contrary to the work of The Village, The East Oakland Collective and Dellums Institute for Social Justice are doing to change the narrative on homelessness– efforts to share the many lived experiences of our unhoused brothers and sisters, eradicate the stereotypes on who is homeless and why people are unhoused, and ultimately decriminalize homelessness and frame it as a human rights crisis.

 

From the actions of Henry Sintay “Jogger Joe” at Lake Merritt to the allegations of Jason Perkins in San Francisco, now more than ever, is the time for community members to join us in changing the narrative on homelessness and unite against the mistreatment, stereotypes and criminalization of our unhoused brothers and sisters. After investigating and learning that Perkins is no longer with the New Parish, we decided not to move the first annual fundraiser from The New Parish venue, but instead ask the community to support this cause, join our efforts and most importantly, unite with us to change the narrative! We will pack the venue with our unhoused brothers and sisters, advocates, activists and community members– bringing our collective energy and demands to The New Parish.

Housing Oakland Now! is the kick off campaign and first annual fundraiser for the collaboration between The Village and The East Oakland Collective. We organize housed and unhoused residents in Oakland to come together for the goal of  implementing immediate emergency and long term permanent solutions to the housing and homeless crisis in Oakland. We overstand that that the agenda of gentrification has wrongfully used Oakland’s public resources to create the housing and homeless state of emergency and massive human rights violations. This agenda needs to end and public resources such as land, funds and labor must be used to house Oakland’s displaced Black and Brown poor and working class communities.

 

About

We work in service and support with some encampments.

Other encampments we work in partnership with.

We promote mutual-aid (aka sharing) and unity building between encampments.

We build partnerships, alliances, and coalitions with other organizations to assert and ensure that our unsheltered brothers and sisters basic needs are met with respect and dignity.

We show solidarity and support with First Response efforts during crisis and evictions.

We engage in education, advocacy and policy work to decriminalize homelessness.

We defend and assert housing, shelter and safety is a human right that all should have access to.

We share meals with folks.

We have, maintain or build personal relationships with our displaced friends, families, neighbors and community.

We engage in direct action. We see that for curbside communities there is a thin line between survival and direct action. We assert that curbside communities have far more to lose in a direct action than housed communities. We believe it is the duty of our housed folks to join our curbside brothers and sisters.

We function in committees.

We are funded primarily thru in-kind donations, community donations, monthly patrons, anonymous donors, and occasionally small grants.

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Two Three Hunid Tent City

in October 2017 after8months of advocating the City administration gave us land in East Oakland on e12 and 23rd. but the administration operated in ill faith. rather than allow us to move forward obstacle after obstacle was laid in our path. people were herded against their will on the land without any notice to us and threatened with arrest if they attempted to leave – including rival gangs and families with generation old beef.  Folks did not choose to be on the land and were not interested in going into recovery. we had moments where we were able to build a fragile unity between the encampment of residents that at it’s largest was 100 deep. We spent most of the year on the land dealing with crisis after crisis, keeping people from killing each other and chasing off predators. We built six homes to house 11 people – senior citizens and a woman with a child, advocated for adequate sanitation services the to date have remained unmet, made sure folks on the land had food & water, and provided support as necessary for folks individual needs.

In the end, the land should have never been offered to us as it was CalTrans not City owned. CalTran was unaware that we even were offered the land. Cal Trans intends to edit us this January 2019 to retrofit the overpass that spans the parcel an the administration is in the process of offering us new parcels to manifest our vision correctly and without sabatoge.

Volunteers Juan Perez, center, and Tom Waters, right, work on a ramp entrance for a new temporary home at the Village homeless encampment on Sunday, March 25, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. The city sanctioned encampment is set to shut down in November due to retrofitting of a nearby freeway on-ramp. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

Bobby Quinones helps wheel Barbara Verduzco out of the new temporary home she will share with her husband Charlie Griffin, right, at the Village homeless encampment on Sunday, March 25, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. The city sanctioned encampment is set to shut down in November due to retrofitting of a nearby freeway on-ramp. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)
Brent Shipp, right, brushes a treatment on wood banisters for a new temporary home at the Village homeless encampment on Sunday, March 25, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. The city sanctioned encampment is set to shut down in November due to retrofitting of a nearby freeway on-ramp. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

They tried to burry us….

From The day we were bulldozed to present day The Village had advocated or the legalities of their actions and vision, the human rights of curbside communities, a decriminalization of homelessness, the need for permanent houses and that existing encampments be upgraded and supported not criminalize, ignored or evicted.

Long time Oakland activist and organizer Brother Ali speaks up in support of The Village at Oakland City Council meeting
allies and members of The Village attend city council meeting regularly to avocate for or curbside communities
Feed The People Member Chi advocates for The Village at City Council meeting
The Village and other community organizations and curbside residents disrupt a developers conference that mayor Libby Schaft speaks at.Libby tells developers that Oakland is the East Bay jewel ready to be sold to highest bidder.
The Village and other community organizations and curbside residents disrupt a developers conference that mayor Libby Schaft speaks at.Libby tells developers that Oakland is the East Bay jewel ready to be sold to highest bidder. Community members protest, flier and set up tents to make he connection between money driver market rate development and displacement thetas forcing thousands of Oakland’s families into the streets.
homeless advocates share solutions tot he the homeless state of emergency to government officials. there needs to be at least 100 different solutions to solve this problem as thee is not one cookie cutter solution that will meet the needs and experiences of the thousands of Oakland’s curbside residents.
sometimes advocacy means showing up to encampment evictions at 8am to support curbside residents moving, standing their ground and refusing to leave, documenting human rights and civil rights abuses, and negotiating with police and city workers. This show of support can last all day into the early evening but showing up makes a world of difference. if you want to be part of the community’s First Response efforts text HOMESNOW to 797979 to recieve our community calls to action.
showing up to court case for criminalized curbside residents is another form of advocacy
demanding that public lands be used to build permanent emergency housing and temporary emergency housing is part of our work too. unfortunately the government does not have the political will to do so. which is why direct action always gets the goods.
passing out provisions to encampments is another form of work we engage in
in january2018 we were able to co-host the United Nations Rapaetour on Adequate housing. she was working on a 6 year reaseh of “informal settlements” or homeless folks around the world. she said what she saw here in the Bay Area was more cruel and inhumane than what she saw in some of the poorest countries in the world. On Oct 19 2018 she released her report. she asserted that the existence of encampments where not on human rights abuses on the hands of governments unable or unwilling to provide the basic human right of housing to all their residents while at the same Tim the assertion of those denied housing the right to housing. she said the encampments where testaments of resilience and ingenuity in the most dire of circumstances. she also stated homeless was not a crime, that encampments should be upgraded not evicted, and that residents of encampments needed to be part of every step of the upgrade process. she set out a list of recommendations f government to follow and The Village program design created two years earlier is in line with those recommendations.

 

The Bulldozing of The Promised Land

Feb 2, 2017

The First Village

Jan 20, 2017 – February 2, 2017

The First Village was located atMarcus Garvey Park in West Oakland. the Direct Action lasted for 13 days. From Jn 20, 2017 to Feb 2, 2017. we housed 16 residents who were chronicly homeless and addict. all 16 were sober during the two weeks we existed. we offered several services that were available free of charge and hundreds of curbside residents and housed residents in need utilize them.  word of the village spread across curbside communities throughout Oakland and even Berkeley. Unsheltered folks called it “The Promised Land” because community activists and advocates kept promises to their unsheltered neighbors, unlike city officials