FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 9, 2016
Contact: Leah Simon-Weisberg
South Berkeley Neighbor Coalition Demand that Encampment Remain
Press Conference & Support Rally
10:00 AM - Friday, December 9
Adeline and Oregon, Berkeley
BERKELEY, CA – In the shadow of the Oakland fire, a South Berkeley neighbor coalition will gather at the First They Came for the Homeless Encampment in South Berkeley and urge that the encampment remain until the City of Berkeley can consider how to provide another more ideal shelter. It is our understanding that there are no shelter spaces available to meet the need of all presently homeless residents of Berkeley. The city in the meantime should allow the encampment to remain and cease any raids. The seizures of tents is particularly troubling considering that they are the residents’ only source of protection from the cold and rain expected to continue through the weekend. The coalition further demands that the city provide the encampment with a portable toilet to make the encampment more humane.
The coalition is comprised of Friends of Adeline, Berkeley Tenants Union, a member organization of Tenants Together and south Berkeley neighbors.
“Those of us who live in the neighborhood see that this is a drug and alcohol-free community. We have seen for ourselves that encampment residents are not a problem in our community and that allowing them to remain until council has time to look at some permanent housing solutions is the humane, safe and progressive action to take. I hope that City officials will participate in efforts to bridge the gap between the encampment and those in the community who are concerned about their presence.”
— Margy Wilkinson, neighborhood leader and Friends of Adeline member.
Leah Simon-Weisberg, Tenants Together , Legal Director, Neighbor
Christina Murphy, Friends of Adeline, Berkeley Rent Board Commissioner
John Selawsky, Neighbor, Berkeley Rent Board Commissioner
TBA, Encampment Resident
Ms. Richie Smith, Neighbor, Friends of Adeline
In attendance will be neighbors of the encampment