|Caltrans will continue its mass eviction of the Wood Street encampment next week and the residents facing displacement have nowhere to go! This urgent situation requires an emergency intervention from Oakland City Council NOW!|
City-run RV sites are full. Non-congregant shelter options are full. These estimated 200+ residents need land to relocate to NOW. This is the largest encampment in the Bay Area, and even though Libby Schaaf is on record saying Oakland does not have the beds for everyone living here, Caltrans has moved forward with the sweeps anyway.
There’s the 22-acre North Gateway parcel of city land siting vacant close to Wood St. Make calls and send emails today demanding that the City open up this land to vehicle dwellers and other Wood St residents immediately!
📧You can email the full Oakland City Council at email@example.com.
You can also call the councilmembers’ offices to leave a message with a staff member: Call into their offices:
Councilmember Dan Kalb, District 1: (510) 238-7001
Council President Nikki Fortunato Bas, District 2: (510) 238-7002
Councilmember Carroll Fife, District 3: (510) 238-7003
Councilmember Sheng Thao, District 4: (510) 238-7004
Councilmember Noel Gallo, District 5: (510) 238-7005
Councilmember Loren Taylor, District 6: (510) 238-7006
Councilmember Treva Reid, District 7: (510) 238-7007
Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan, At-Large: (510) 238-7008
When you reach a staff member or voice mailbox, you can say: Hi, my name is ____ and I’m an Oakland resident calling to urge your office to take emergency action now to support the over 200 Wood St residents who are currently being displaced by Caltrans. City-run RV sites are full. Non-congregant shelter options are full. This is an emergency as many of these vulnerable Oakland residents have no place to go. They need land now. There’s the 22-acre North Gateway parcel near Wood St. that should be made available to vehicle dwellers and other residents immediately. Wood St residents have a plan and the city should work collaboratively with them to implement immediate solutions. Note: Councilmember Fife proposed this land as a site for homeless intervention earlier this year, but the proposal was rejected. We need to put pressure on our elected leaders to DO SOMETHING and NOW!
Love and solidarity,
P.S. Wood St is on the City of Oakland Rules Committee agenda TOMORROW, Thursday, September 22 at 10:30am thanks to community pressure. Please call into the council meeting tomorrow at 10:30am to make public comment in support of Councilmember Fife’s resolution to make city land available to Wood St residents now!