“People will see and hear first-hand that (there) are deep discrepancies between what the mayor and her team claim and what is actually happening in the streets,” protest leader Needa Bee said in a statement posted to social media.
Among the several dozen protesters was 71-year-old Kelsey Brenner.
“I can’t sit by and watch what’s happening,” she told the East Bay Times. “The city is criminalizing homelessness and is not providing enough low-income housing … I look around at all these high rises going up at an Oakland … my own daughter can’t live here because it’s too expensive.”
“We are protesting because there are a bunch of empty houses and a bunch of homeless people and we think that people should have homes,” protester Juliette Hadid told KPIX 5 as she was being led anyway in plastic handcuffs.
_______________________________________________Unhoused folks who have been traumatized and brutalized by the city of Oakland, whose encampments have been destroyed, have moved onto Oscar Grant Plaza asking "Where do we go?" Where are the millions that were set aside to upgrade, not evict encampments and to build permanent housing for the homeless?OGP 14th/Bdwy right NOW
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