Oakland, Ca: The Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club and the Block by Block Organizing Network are joining the Oakland Alliance and the John George Club to demand that the City of Oakland declare a Housing State of Emergency and pass a moratorium on evictions and rent increases until solutions are found to the ongoing displacement of wholesale sectors of our community. We will present our proposed legislation to the Rules and Legislation Committee of the City Council on Thursday, March 3rd at 10:45am.
Last fall we asked the Mayor in her State of the City address to take immediate action and make this declaration among other actions such as implementing the Housing Equity Roadmap, http://www.marinij.com/article/ZZ/20151109/NEWS/151105309.
Now we are asking the City Council to move ahead as the City of Alameda and other cities have done to protect its seniors, artists, and struggling working families who represent the backbone of our community and who live with the threat of imminent eviction and ever increasing rents disrupting their day-to-day lives and economic security.
The Block by Block Organizing Network designed a platform with these solutions in mind and submitted these well thought out suggestions to our city leaders which can be found at http://draketalkoakland.com/2015/12/01/time-for-a-declaration-of-housing-state-of-emergency/ or on our website at http://bbbon.net/2015/10/draft-demands-to-combat-the-affordable-housing-crisis-in-oakland/ but as yet, we have had no response.
Please join us, the John George Club and the Oakland Alliance tomorrow for this important action. This is emergency legislation and should be heard by the full City Council immediately.
Contact: Pamela Drake, Wellstone Club Local Politics Coordinator and BBBON Political Action Chair firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-593-3721 or Sharon Rose, BBBON Co-Chair 510-915-6894.