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“We Do Not Live Single-Issue Lives”: Affordable Housing

This week we’re taking inspiration from the wisdom of Black lesbian feminist theorist Audre Lorde, who said:

audre lorde single issue


Monday: climate change

Tuesday: gun violence

Wednesday: racial justice

and today, we’ll look at one small but mighty example of using Shut-It-Down tactics plus visionary community organizing to push for affordable housing.

Affordable Housing

1. BPF Co-Director Katie Loncke joined a nonviolent blockade shutting down a City Council meeting to oppose building high-rise luxury condos on public land.


But the shutdown wasn’t the end of the story. Over the next six months, the Oakland residents have organized to develop a People’s Proposal for affordable housing that *SHOULD* be built on the publicly owned land, instead.

This proposal, which was crafted by volunteer architects (architects of color, awesome in itself), and would house up to 700 people during Oakland’s housing crisis, is now before the Oakland City Council as one of 5 viable options, to be decided on in January 2016.


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And stay tuned for tomorrow’s issue: Racial Justice.

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  • Kara

    An organization local to Charlottesville, VA, the place I call home, has really inspired me as far as ending homelessness goes. The nonprofit provides long-term housing for its residents, which begins with requiring no payment and gradually expects very affordable payment. It is long-term, but not permanent so those who have lived in the apartments will eventually need to move out on their own. The success rate of those who go on to stay off the streets is over 90%! The reality is that housing the homeless is, in the short run, actually more economically feasible than the emergency service financing required to keep them on the streets. Then, the long term effects are actually saving these people’s lives. What I love about this organization is that they have proven that helping people is more than hand outs that many may (wrongfully) condemn, but give them a chance at doing something themselves with the opportunity they’re given. Affordable housing saves lives and its possible to extend that right to every individual if gone about it the right, compassionate way.

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