Our Beloved Community Action Network

Convened by the Dellums Institute for Social Justice, the Our Beloved Community Action Network members are community, faith, and government leaders committed to the simple proposition that every person in Alameda County should have the opportunity to stay and thrive in the new prosperous Bay Area economy. 

We believe that our work to prevent displacement of low-income people of color who built our cities and stayed during the decades of disinvestment and White Flight continues Dr. King’s legacy and vision for creating “Beloved Community” in Alameda County in which,

“All people can share in the wealth of the earth. In the Beloved Community, poverty, hunger and homelessness will not be tolerated because international standards of human decency will not allow it. Racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood.”

-Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change

Our ability to create the Beloved Community is severely undermined by the displacement and racial equity crisis.  

Read more about Our Beloved Community Action Network's recent campaign to secure new unprecedented public funds for anti-displacement:

Ise Lyfe with Lyfe Productives, Margaretta Lin with the Dellums Institute, and Catherine Bracy with the TechEquity Collaborative on Prevent Displacement and Homelessness:  Just Fund It!

Rev. Damita Davis with OCO and John Jones III with CURYJ on City Council Must Prioritize Anti-Displacement and Homeless Prevention

 

SOLUTIONS ARE AVAILABLE AND IT WILL TAKE a uniting of community Power and political will.

Immediate solutions require keeping people housed through proven strategies of legal eviction defense and housing assistance funds for both low-income tenants and homeowners.  It takes time and a lot of monies to build new affordable housing.  Meanwhile, low-income, predominately people of color, are being forcibly displaced en masse.

Immediate solutions require keeping people housed through proven strategies of legal eviction defense and housing assistance funds for both low-income tenants and homeowners.  It takes time and a lot of monies to build new affordable housing.  Meanwhile, low-income, predominately people of color, are being forcibly displaced en masse.

The cycles of displacement and the new homeless crisis will not be solved until we address structural barriers to housing for impacted groups including the formerly incarcerated, older adults, single headed households with children, and students.  Fundamentally, we must change our value system of housing as a commodity to an inalienable human right.

The cycles of displacement and the new homeless crisis will not be solved until we address structural barriers to housing for impacted groups including the formerly incarcerated, older adults, single headed households with children, and students.  Fundamentally, we must change our value system of housing as a commodity to an inalienable human right.

Neighborhoods like East Oakland that were devastated by decades of public and private disinvestment are now hot real estate markets for private speculators.  At the same time, they remain redlined by public and nonprofit institutions.  We must create new innovation to support community-led ownership of land and keeping place.

Neighborhoods like East Oakland that were devastated by decades of public and private disinvestment are now hot real estate markets for private speculators.  At the same time, they remain redlined by public and nonprofit institutions.  We must create new innovation to support community-led ownership of land and keeping place.

Recent wins

We focused on immediate strategies to disrupt displacement:

  • Operating 3 budget campaigns, we recently secured unprecedented new public funds in Alameda County, Oakland, and Berkeley:  $65 million Anti-Displacement Safety Net.
  • We trained 100 students to campaign for the infusion of new regional funds for affordable housing in Alameda County and crafted anti-displacement and racial wealth-stripping prevention policy strategies:  $580 million Affordable Housing Development.
  • We helped the Richmond Safe Return Project craft and secure the passage of a national best practice policy removing housing barriers for formerly incarcerated residents:  Richmond Fair Chance Housing.
  • We secured anti-displacement terms in the City of Oakland's new $100 million Housing Bond.
  • We helped form the East Oakland Black Culture Zone Collaborative and developed the Business Plan for the Black Culture Zone Hub utilizing a collective ownership model.
  • We provided policy technical assistance in the City of Oakland's fixes on its Rent Stabilization and Just Cause laws.

What's next

Our collective recent strategic planning identified key factors responsible for displacement, policy gaps, and the Network's top anti-displacement priorities:

  • Organize non-traditional allies to support the repeal of California's Costa Hawkins law, which is single-handedly responsible for many tenant evictions.
  • Develop a Homeless Prevention Plan for Alameda County to stop the cycle of new homelessness and prevent more suffering.
  • Operate campaigns to remove housing barriers for formerly incarcerated residents in Alameda County, Berkeley, and Oakland.
  • Support Parent Voices' efforts at a comprehensive Child Care Initiative to include housing support.
  • Develop new initiatives on Older Adult Anti-Racial Wealth-Stripping to address the silent housing displacement epidemic.
  • Innovate with the East Oakland Black Culture Zone Collaborative to create community-investment platforms for East Oakland residents to combat persistent redlining by public, private, and nonprofit development institutions.
  • Create a comprehensive local Housing Justice Plan rooted in housing as a human right, building on our previous work on the Oakland Housing Equity Roadmap.

Our Beloved Community Action Network partners include

Allen Temple Baptist Church

Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment

Asian Pacific Environmental Network

Berkeley City Councilmember Ben Bartlett

Berkeley Mayor jesse arreguin

Berkeley NAACP

Berkeley Organizing Communities for Action (BOCA)

Black Women Organized for Political Action Oak/Berk Chapter

Causa Justa::Just Causa

City of Berkeley Rent Board

Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice

East Bay Community Law Center

East Bay Young Democrats

East Oakland Building Healthy Communities

EastSide Arts Alliance

Friends of Adeline

Glad Tidings Church

national coalition of 100 black women

Oakland Community Organization (OCO)

Oakland Tenants Union

Parent Voices

Pastor Michael Smith, McGee Baptist Church and the Faith and Justice Coalition

Pastor Mike McBride, PICO & the Way Church

Pastors of Oakland

PolicyLink

Reverend Ambrose Carroll, Church by the Side of the Road

Senior Services Coalition of Alameda County

Tech Equity Collaborative

The Dellums Institute for Social Justice