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. Continue reading Moms 4 Housing Are Not Taking Your Homes
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. Continue reading Moms 4 Housing Create Blueprint for Effective Housing Advocacy
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. Continue reading Oakland Advocate Groups Join Forces with ACCE and Moms 4 Housing
Indigenous leaders honor Standing Rock, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) and the American Indian Movement It was a cold and rainy morning in San Francisco, CA when as early as 2:30 am on Nov. 28, 2019, people began lining … Continue reading Colin Kaepernick Attends 50th Anniversary of Alcatraz Occupation
Originally published in print for Laney Tower on Jan. 31, 2019. Hundreds of people gathered at Oakland’s Frank Ogawa Plaza Jan. 21 for an all-day gathering of activist organizations to “Reimagine” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. The fifth annual … Continue reading MLK Day Reimagined
October 15, 1966, the Black Panther Party was born in Oakland, CA. October 13 and 14, 2018, we were celebrating a movement that changed everyone’s lives, especially in Oakland. It is the celebration that we need to slap gentrification in … Continue reading Oakland Celebrates Weekend of Black Liberation and Calls for Unity with all Communities
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. Continue reading BBQing While Black Part 2 Brought the Vibe and the Politics
Writer Joy Elan interviewed Kenzie Smith who is running for Oakland City Council District 2. Continue reading Raw Interview of Kenzie Smith Regarding Run for Oakland City Council District 2
Oakland, CA – After several viral videos hit national news in the last month at Lake Merritt Park, neighbors became even more active and outspoken on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. In response to issues like BBQ Becky, … Continue reading Oakland Neighbors Take to Organizing Offline
A week after a video of a White woman harassing two Black men barbecuing at Lake Merritt for hours went viral the story has somewhat lost its narrative. The two men involved, Kenzie Smith and Onsayo “Deacon” Abram, did not … Continue reading Oakland Organizers Take Action After BBQ Harassment at Lake Merritt