Our Herstory

Our Herstory…began with #FeedThePeople

Overwelmed by the growing homeless crisis, a mother and daughter gathered friends and family with one simple mission – to show love on the streets. January 2016 Needa Bee and Joyous began a night of service that quickly avalanched into the People’s Response to the housing & homeless crisis. On the coldest night of the winter of December 2016, the kru was making their rounds in the encampments. Nearly everyone was deathly ill or in the hospital. It was on that night on the freezing streets, that Feed The People decided in the face of a local government that prioritized money driven development at the cost of a homeless crisis they were ignoring to start building homes for their unhoused brothers and sisters by any means.

Advocates push Oakland officials to treat homelessness as an e…

There are over 2,700 people homeless in Oakland. Advocates are pushing Oakland officials to treat homelessness as an emergency. To see the full multimedia report by Lucas Guilkey click here: http://bit.ly/2Bengpj

Posted by Oakland North on Tuesday, December 19, 2017

PUBLIC LAND FOR PUBLIC GOOD!

The Village first popped up at Marcus Garvey Park on 36th Street and MLK in Oakland. On the morning of January 20, 2017 – while the rest of the world braced itself for the inauguration of Donald Trump as the president of the United States – Feed The People & Asians For Black Lives, allies of both organizations and curbside brothers and sisters, came together in the middle of the night to seize mismanaged and neglected public land. Under the camouflage of the hardest rainstorm of the year, 100 comrades and homies moved in three homes and supported a handful of curbside residents with packing and moving. By the end of the day, one RV, one camper, and four tents were moved in. And the frames and walls of three homes were up. Thus began day one of the 13 day direct action.

We intended to move in small homes, a hot shower, a healing clinic, and other services — declaring it a people’s encampment for those who need housing and basic needs and services. The action soon was called The Village, and grew to include more curbside community, local businesses and organizations, faith community, neighbors and activists from #FeedthePeople and #Asians4BlackLives, and residents thru out Oakland. We all agreed the Direct Action demonstrated our ability to provide what the City of Oakland would not provide to its most vulnerable residents.

We aimed to demonstrate through our visionary encampment that the human right of housing was accessible to all – even when the City and Developers have no will to do so. And in the face of a city government that fails to meet the needs of its people, it is possible for the community to unite to serve those on the street in a dignified and humane manner.