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Teach-In: Voting and Housing Insecurity (T, 10/30/18, Laney)

23 October 2018

Please see the attached flyer about the Oct. 30 teach-in about Voting and Housing Insecurity.

A group of faculty, students, staff and community members have been building a Laney chapter of the new Poor People’s Campaign through our Teach-In planning committee. Since spring of 2016, they have held  teach-ins each semester to talk with the community about social and political issues affecting the Oakland community, including Peralta students, faculty and staff.(https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org)

They invite you to attend the next Teach-In on 10/30: Pipeline to Housing and Education Security: Building Unity for the Power We Need.

Faculty, please consider bringing your classes or offering extra credit to students to attend.

Data suggests that at least 14% of Peralta students are homeless. The number of those who worry about housing stability each month is far higher.  What’s the role of our government in meeting the basic needs of the people, such as housing?  Does voting make a difference?

We hope you and your students can come out on Tues., Oct. 30 from 9:30 am-1:30 pm. at the Student Center at Laney College.

The Teach-In is co-sponsored by the Poor Peoples Campaign Teach-In Committee, the Women’s Economic Agenda Project, Associated Students of Laney College (ASLC), and the Umoja-UBAKA Student Success Community at Laney.

Featured Speakers:

John Jones III is currently the Director of Community and Political Engagement for the East Oakland Black Cultural Zone, and is also on staff for The Dellums Institute for Social Justice.As a father of three and born and raised in East Oakland, John is also formerly incarcerated, and has spent over 14 years behind bars in the California Youth Authority and state prison. After being paroled in 2012, John went unemployed for eighteen months and was homeless. John became involved in community organizing and advocacy to empower himself and others. John uses his personal story of pain, trauma, faith and transformation to inspire young people as well as fight for policy change.

Sandy Perry has been a lifelong community activist and justice advocate, especially after moving to San Jose in 1990. In 1991, Sandy joined both the Affordable Housing Network and what is now known as CHAM Deliverance Ministry, and has been an active volunteer in both ever since. He currently serves as CHAM’s Outreach Minister and a tenant organizer and president of Affordable Housing Network. Over the years, Sandy has participated in countless marches, demonstrations, sit-ins, speak-outs, teach-ins, building takeovers, and tent cities.

~ See attached flyer and educational materials ~

(some attached; some linked below)

Attached and listed below are educational materials instructors may want to use with their classes to prepare for the teach-in

1) “Here’s how the Poor People’s Campaign aims to finish what MLK started” from LA Times. An article about the new Poor Peoples Campaign. (attached)

2)The Fundamental Principles of the Poor People’s Campaign (attached)

3) “Homeless U: How Students Study and Survive on the Streets”A link to a radio show about homeless students that includes a Laney College student. https://www.kqed.org/news/11210060/homeless-u-homework-without-a-home.

4) Oakland and Berkeley Homeless Sweeps May be Unconstitutional”. https://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/oakland-and-berkeley-homeless-sweeps-may-be-unconstitutional/Content?oid=20536239

5)  “Still Hungry and Homeless in College”, the full report by the Hope Lab (long report-attached- you can assign excerpts)

We hope you find these materials helpful in talking with your students about the significance and possible solutions for housing insecurity and homelessness in Oakland and the surrounding areas today. Your students probably have much personal knowledge they can share on the topics as well.

SEE YOU ON OCT. 30!  9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Laney Student Center, 3rd floor

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Some History of the 1967-68 Poor Peoples Campaign 

with Martin Luther King

https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/index.php/poor-peoples-campaign-1968/

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