Poetry, prayers, protest against gentrification and displacement planned for MLK Day
Written by jm on 01/17/2020
by Rev. Harry Williams
The plight of the unhoused in the San Francisco Bay Area has
reached catastrophic proportions in recent years. Homeless shelters are filled
to capacity. Children sleep in the back seats of abandoned cars. Babies run
barefoot through tent cities. At the same time, median rent for a one-bedroom
apartment in San Francisco has risen to $3,600.
On Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, at 10:00
a.m., noted Bay Area grassroots leaders will host a protest rally at the
Oakland City Church to highlight this issue.
Come, hear some of the Bay Area’s most prominent voices on
the issue of housing justice: Tongo Eisen-Martin, poet, movement worker, and
educator; Candice Elder, founder and CEO of East Oakland Collective; Benjamin
Bac Sierra, professor at City College of San Francisco and San Francisco
Mission District activist; Dr. Cesar Cruz, founder and director of Homies
Empowerment; Lisa “Tiny” Gray-Garcia, founder of Poor Magazine and Homefulness,
revolutionary lecturer, journalist, poet and organizer; Nita B, organizer of
the Bay Area Intifada and spokesperson for the Village; Aquiela M. Lewis-Ross,
poet; Mattie Johnson, Gospel singer and anti-human trafficking activist; and
Rev. Harry Louis Williams, aka “O.G. Rev,” author, community organizer and
Community members will have the opportunity to meet,
communicate and strategize over lunch at the conclusion of the service. The
Oakland City Church is located at 2735 MacArthur Boulevard
at the corner of Coolidge Avenue in Oakland.
On Dr. King Day, Jan. 20, 2020, come listen to those who are
throat deep in the struggle for human dignity. There will be no power brokers
or apologists – just the people.
Source: San Francisco Bay View