The Oakland City Council’s Community & Economic Development Committee is voting on what to do with unused public land — a decision that will have a profound impact on the housing crisis in Oakland.

Among the options before the Council is the “People’s Proposal for Public Land”— which would ensure that public land is used to provide low-income Oaklanders with affordable homes, good-paying jobs, and healthy communities. It is the only proposal that recognizes the decades of racial discrimination that have harmed communities of color — especially Black communities — and that empowers these communities to have a say in how public land is used and to share in its benefits.

The “People’s Proposal” is being introduced by the Oakland Citywide Anti-Displacement Network, a coalition of community-based and labor organizations, which has attempted to work with the City Administration to create a fair public land policy.

Click here for a copy of the People’s Proposal.

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