We cannot let this happen without signaling our dissent.
On Thursday morning, December 14, wealthy investors, real estate agents, developers, and others will pay $100/plate to hear a panel of developers discuss the future of Oakland with no input from the community: https://
We know that wealth, power, and privilege are barriers to the kind of creativity we need in these times, and that nothing life-giving can come from an event designed as a profit opportunity for some at the expense of many. The plans seeded at this event will result in more displacement, gentrification, and cultural whitewashing of our city.
Unless we act. Unless we speak out. Unless we bring the deepest, truest vision we can muster and stake our lives on that, pledging our solidarity with people who have been or are now being displaced, listening to each other (and especially to those whose voices have historically been silenced), and taking care of each other.
Bring your visions for how we can do that, or just your desire to support the visions of Oaklanders, and join us outside the Marriott for an alternative “networking” event.
A FREE breakfast will be served outside because, in the future we envision, everyone will have enough to eat regardless of their ability to pay. (If you can, please bring a breakfast item to share; whether or not you can bring something, please come and be fed—physically, mentally, and spiritually.)
It is said that without a vision, the people will perish. We say: With a vision, the people of Oakland will live.