The Bulldozing of The Promised Land
Feb 2, 2017
City workers clear a homeless encampment at Grove Shafter Park on Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. The city cleared the camp, which has been there for about a week, citing health and sanitary violations. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
A homeless man sits with his belongings in front of Grove Shafter Park on Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. The city cleared a homeless encampment which has been at the park for about a week, citing health and sanitary violations. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
A homeless man sits along Martin Luther King Jr. Way near Grove Shafter Park in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. The city cleared a homeless encampment which has been at the park for about a week, citing health and sanitary violations. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
village founder needa bee comforts village resident mama nancy who was snatched out of her home and watched it bulldozed.
villahe volunteer rae sits with village resident mama nancy in the aftermath of the bulldozing. mama nancy and all the other 15 residents were displaced back on the streets, where they continue to live today
before shutting down the portapotty service the vilage organized comunity to pay for, the police used the service
community showed up as early as 6am in an attempt to block the eviction and demolition. but 80 violent cops in full riot gear and a bulldozer were n match for the 150 people there.
as community attempts to pack and slavage what they can, police take over the property
community watches as police and public works destroy the village
members of the community put their bodies on the line to defend the village. this brother is standing in defense of the health & wellness tent
what remains of the 24 hour kitchen
bear was not a resident but he is one of the hundreds of unsheltered folks who utilized the services provided at the village
police and public works swarmped the village. here they are standing around after yanking elders out of the homes community built.
how much of your tax dollars are being spent in this picture
community scrambled to collect materilas while the bulldozing happened…they may have tried to stop us but we had no intention of giving up
unfortunately the police and city administration on mayor do nt agree with this statement
a comunity member takes a break with her baby in the midst of the mayhem
community and residents trying to figure out where will the residents go now? sadly they all went back to the streets.
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
Palette Homes from The First Village aka The Promise Land, @Marcus Garvey Park January 20, 2017 – Feb 2, 2017
The first Village: The Promised Land at Marcus Garvey Park
Co-Founders of The Village: Asians For Black Lives