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Defend People's Park!

**Originally posted on our Instagram!**

We seriously want to say THANK YOU to every person that interacted with us verbally or through smiles. Our goal was to inform and spread awareness about homelessness in Alameda to as many people as we could and it’s uplifting to see so many people, especially YOUNG people, interested in the cause.

It was a huge pleasure being a part of the Park’s anniversary and getting to meet new local orgs and vendors, people we’ve been following for a long time and finally got to meet in person and familiar faces 🥰 (We also reconnected with a former Black Panther Party member and activist who we served 2 years ago which was pretty dope!) We’ll be back Berkeley 🤟


People’s Park has been thriving for 53 years, through periods of peace and times of chaos and will continue to thrive as a public space and a historical landmark as long as we continue to defend it from UC Berkeley’s housing development set to begin this summer. Locals, activists and park residents oppose the new student-housing infrastructure for reasons including:

  1. The Park should remain a public space especially for the city’s environmental progression. Stewards of the parks’ garden and landscape have always been Indigenous people and residents of the city, not institutes.

  2. It was nominated to be a part of the National Register of Historic Places, emphasizing its historical significance.

  3. Development will exemplify rapid gentrification of the city.

  4. The city of Berkeley unlawfully approved UC Berkeley’s settlement plan without holding state-required open meetings, and without proper assessment of AND neglecting environmental impact laws. The settlement includes increased funding by the school for city police services in exchange for the city dropping lawsuits against UC Berkeley for a 2021 development plan that violated environmental regulations.

At face value, the plan to move unhoused park residents into a transitional-housing model motel seems hopeful, but it’s not guaranteed all residents will enter the program before development begins, if they can enter at all. The program spans for 18 months and the impacted permanent housing waitlists and lack of permanent housing programs available in the Bay guarantees residents will return to the streets but with one less park to live in. Additionally, the housing development plan does not address the housing crisis UC Berkeley students AND long time residents of the city are facing, especially with this year’s looming eviction moratorium expirations. The school’s effort of expansion to accept more low-income and diversity doesn’t go unnoticed, however, residents of Berkeley wrongfully excluded from this plan argue development could and should happen elsewhere, just not People’s Park which, rightfully to its name, has generously served the people for 53 years strong.

Check out to learn about how you can help the cause and follow their Instagram for updates: @peoplesparkberkeley. Let’s join hands to preserve this significant landmark of history, Indigenous stewardship and green space.

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