February 13, 2018

On Valentine’s Day, residents will demand that the City Council show its love for Oakland by adopting a People’s Proposal for Public Land

WHAT: On February 14th, Oakland residents will lead a demonstration and deliver a letter to City Council members demanding that they adopt a “People’s Proposal for Public Land,” and not the proposal being advanced by city staff, which fails to advance the community’s priorities and needs.

The People’s Proposal, supported by more than 40 community and faith-based organizations, calls for public land to be used for deeply affordable housing, living wage jobs for existing Oakland residents, and a healthy environment. It also calls for meaningful community oversight of development on City-owned land. City staff’s proposal would exclude affordable housing on most land that the City sells or leases and falls short on promoting quality jobs, healthy communities, or accountability and transparency.

More than 2,700 Oakland residents are living on the streets, and more are being displaced every day. This is a do-or-die moment for those who love Oakland, who love Oakland’s people, and who love this land and view it as sacred.

There will be songs, prayers and speeches before the proposal is delivered to the City Council.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 4:30-6:30pm

WHERE: Oscar Grant / Frank Ogawa Plaza, 14th Street and Broadway, Oakland 94612

WHO: Representatives from the following organizations will be available for comments to the media:

  • Ernesto Arevalo, Program Director, Communities for a Better Environment (CBE)
  • Vanessa Riles, Member, East 12th Coalition
  • Krishna Desai, Member, East 12th Coalition
  • David Zisser, Senior Staff Attorney, Public Advocates

Vanessa Riles, East 12th Coalition, (510) 227-4378,
Duc Luu, Public Advocates, (857) 373-9118,


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