Homeless Action now Part of the Economic Justice Committee!  Join us at our first meeting, March 25, 7 – 8:30pm – ONLINE

The last two years have seen a 47% increase in homelessness in Oakland. Over 70% of the people living on the streets are African American. This is not just a crucial racial and economic justice issue, but a public health issue as well. Although Kehilla member Talya Husbands- Hankin has been addressing this issue, there has not been a formal Kehilla committee to support this important work.

Based on the identification of this need, the Economic Justice Committee welcomes a new subcommittee, Homeless Action.  Talya Husbands-Hankin and Sue Greenwald, long-term Kehilla members, will chair this new subcommittee. Under their leadership and in collaboration with the Economic Justice Committee, the Homeless Action Subcommittee will:

  1. Address policy and advocacy issues for our homeless community members including meeting with the Homeless Advocacy Working Group and continuing to engage the Oakland City Council in improved policies.
  2. Expand the direct support provided to homeless encampments including potential cooking of meals, collecting needed donations etc.
  3. Support major events such as the recent Moms4Housing action at an unoccupied home in west Oakland. Be a witness when the Oakland Police Department closes encampments.

We are excited to form this intergenerational committee at Kehilla to address such a pressing issue in our community. If you have interest, time and energy to help us make a difference in homelessness in Oakland please come to an initial gathering on Wednesday, March 25, 7 – 8:30 pm, online. This will not be our normal meeting time but will be a chance to get organized.

Contact Karen to be sent the Zoom link; you will need a laptop, iPad or cell phone to take part. For questions, contact Sue Greenwald.

 

 

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