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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