TOPIC: Eviction

Stop Oakland Monopoly!

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10.08.15 - We are a group of motivated and inspired youth activists who have come together around the True People Collective and Bookshop in the Temescal area. We aim to confront the continued gentrification of Oakland, and through our work we aspire to spread and produce knowledge from within our community, and to create a space in which youth can come together to create, collaborate, and organize. Read…

Interview with Gabriel Banuelos about the struggle against evictions in Redwood City

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08.31.15 - Earlier this summer, several families in Redwood City, located south of San Francisco and San Mateo, began organizing against an impending eviction of their apartment complex. Organizing a series of rallies, protests, vigils, and other events aimed at putting pressure on the landlord and the local city council, the group of families, calling themselves, Clinton Ave United, or Clinton Ave Unidos, became part of a chorus of resistance against displacement and evictions in the Bay Area. Through it all was 14 year-old Gabriel Banuelos, who was a key organizer throughout the fight, helping to organize protests and media. Through the use of direct action, families who did not move from the building on their scheduled eviction date were able to get a few months rent free, full deposits paid, and money to relocate. Rents in Redwood City has skyrocketed recently, providing the incentive for landlords to displace long-term residents, cash-in on the tech boom, and leave evicted residents with nowhere to go that they can afford. Wanting to know more, we caught up with Gabriel to discuss Clinton Ave United. Read…

Tenants Accuse San Francisco Bank of Financing Evictions

Activists outside of First Republic Bank's headquarters in San Francisco. - Darwin BondGraham

08.19.15 - Protesters picketed outside the downtown San Francisco headquarters of First Republic Bank this afternoon, alleging that the prominent financial company is fueling the city's displacement crisis by lending to real estate investors who evict tenants and eliminate rental housing. Using the Ellis Act, landlords who purchased buildings with loans from First Republic Bank have evicted tenants and sold the apartments as tenants-in-common homes (TICs) to affluent buyers. Read…

Rock Paper Scissors Being Displaced After Ten Years on Telegraph Avenue in Oakland

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07.15.15 - Eleven years ago, downtown Oakland was home to mom and pop shops, socio-economically diverse, occasionally dangerous; a sometimes eccentric, sometimes wonderful, and always dynamic community. A group of artists, crafters, organizers and makers found a vacant little storefront among a sea of vacancies. With a little volunteer elbow-grease and fundraising effort, the Rock Paper Scissors Collective (RPSC) was born — a destination where the community could come together, organize, share skills, knowledge and create. ALL were welcome in the space. Read…