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