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Report from The Homeless People’s Popular Assembly
The Homeless People’s Popular Assembly (HPPA) is a gathering of the homeless, formerly homeless, and their supporters for self-determination to create solutions for encampments.
• Collectively develop a political analysis of the current homeless crisis and the systemic root causes of homelessness,
• Come up with visions of the life we want and create plans to get there (consider short, medium,and long-term demands as appropriate),
• Create and coordinate related collective actions, campaigns, and strategic movement agendas.
We will report on our efforts re: establishing the Homeless People’s Popular Assembly. Additionally we will speak about props R&Q, two anti-homeless measures on the November ballot.
Bilal Mafundi Ali is a longtime organizer/activist with over 30 years experience living and organizing in oppressed communities in Los Angeles. Bilal became involved in the Black Liberation Movement as a teen in Los Angeles as a member of the Black Student Union, organized by the Southern California Chapter of the Black Panther Party Self-Defense.
Throughout the 90’s Bilal served as the program coordinator for the Coalition Against Police Abuse (CAPA) in Los Angeles. CAPA was started by former members of the BPP, who continue to carry out work against police misconduct. Through his involvement with CAPA, Bilal was imprisoned for six years.
In the 2000s Bilal’s worked and lived in the Skid Row area in Downtown Los Angles as lead organizer with the Los Angeles Coalition Action Network (LACAN) and Coalition L.A. organizing those living in skid row to confront the social-economic policies that give rise to poverty and homelessness, along with organizing resistance against gentrification of the West lake / MacArthur area.
Since moving to San Francisco in 2014, Bilal has been involved with the Coalition On Homelessness, as a Human Rights Advocate and organizer. His current activities with the COH includes establishing the Homeless People’s Speakers Bureau, the Homeless People’s Popular Assembly, and building the campaign against Props R&Q. Bilal is also a board member of the Idriss Stelley Foundation. Bilal serves as the co-coordinator of the
Peoples Commission for Justice Campaign.
Kelly Cutler of the Coalition On Homelessness will also be speaking about Propositions Q & R and our organizing to defeat both these ballot measures. Both anti-homeless ballot measures legislation will be on the November ballot.