“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:
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.
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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