I’ve been standing in the middle of a homeless crisis, watching how everyone is responding to it. On one side are the politicians talking, taking too long to do anything about it. On the other side, we have groups of activists and organizations taking care of homeless encampments helping them relocate, spilling onto the city hall steps near the line where the politicians stand.
Since Dominique Walker of Moms 4 Housing moved into a vacant house on Magnolia Street with her children and several other women from the advocacy group on Nov. 18, 2019, a movement began to build in support of their messaging.
A unified mix of Oakland advocate groups descended on a luxury high-rise to spotlight a building boom they say is not intended to house locals—creating more homelessness and forcing many to leave the city.
Early May, our world was shifted into a new outer-sphere as a video I shot featuring my husband and his friend dubbed BBQ Becky went super viral. Like, The Views Whoopi Goldberg commenting on video while laughing at the memes that exploded all over social media, viral.
This newest video of BBQing While Black Part 2 does not have a lot of barbecuing in it.
What was different about this event were the many subtle political statements. There was an art exhibit group called Alena Museum that put up an entire art exhibit to bring awareness of the eviction they are facing in West Oakland. They wanted to make a statement about gentrification pushing out artists.