FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Andrea Henson firstname.lastname@example.org 510-640-7390
What: A collective stand against the evictions and harassment of homeless people in Berkeley
Where: The Seabreeze/I-80 Underpass, 598 University Avenue
When: Wednesday, October 23rd at 9 am and Thursday, October 24th all day
Unhoused March on City Hall and Occupation of the Seabreeze and I-80 University Underpass Encampments
Are you homeless in Berkeley? Are you housed and want to stand in solidarity with us? We are asking all homeless people who are tired of being kicked around, harassed, vilified, hated, and alone to join the encampments at the Seabreeze/I-80 underpass. On Wednesday, October 23rd at 9 am, we will march from the Seabreeze Market Encampment to the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center to demand from the Berkeley mayor, city council, and city manager an answer to the question of where do we go?
We are marching because we, the unhoused, have had enough. We will not be pushed around. We are here and we are staying. We are marching to demand that our city and state leadership give us real answers. Stop harassing and arresting us. We have solutions, listen to us. We are not criminals. We are living on Social Security, we are disabled, we are senior citizens, we are low income, see our faces. We are in a crisis. We are in a state of emergency and we are marching.
Then, this Thursday, October 24th, Caltrans and the Highway Patrol are coming to evict our encampments. Come protest and resist these evictions with us. Pitch your tent so that we can collectively tell the Bay Area that we are human and that we exist. Alone you can be harassed, but we can stand together as human beings to demand an answer to “Where do we go?” So many citations are being issued in downtown Berkeley each week. There are evictions all through Oakland this week. All are welcome to join us. We have room for your tent. This is a nonviolent action. Know that you are worthy and that you are not invisible. A movement has started, join us.
For journalists who are interested in covering this action, please contact Andrea Henson at 510-640-7390.