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Melissa Reyes and I Am Sausal Creek at Speak Out to Stay Put! An Oakland-Wide Anti-Displacement Forum

  • West Oakland Youth Center 3233 Market Street Oakland, CA, 94608 United States (map)

Join Melissa Reyes, author of I Am Sausal Creek, on Saturday, October 17, as she tables with her new book at this wonderful event. We'll hear from panelists, community and labor organizers, and performers from across the Bay Area and learn what's happening, why it's happening, and what you can do to fight back!

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We’re at a pivotal moment in Oakland—the face of our city is changing before our very eyes. Rents have gone up city wide by 50% in the last two years, private speculator buy out is through the roof, city leaders and the Mayor have threatened to sell public land to luxury housing developers, and families and folks of color are being pushed out on a daily basis. The reality of it all is that fighting this crisis is going to require all hands on deck in order to prevent the Bay Area from being wiped out as we know it.  

Please make sure that if you have any language, childcare or dietary needs that you RSVP here so we can accommodate!:


Community event where we can bring together bases and memberships of different groups with activists formations, neighborhood groups and unorganized people to build a foundation of unity around the problem of gentrification in Oakland and share way to stop it.


— Participants walk away with a political, economic and systemic view of the problem of gentrification and the resulting displacement
— Participants will be exposed to a number of different campaigns, strategies, and resources to support the fight against displacement
— Participants will be directly plugged into existing work in the city
— Participants will have the opportunity to build with people in other neighborhoods and those that do work in other sectors


West Oakland Youth Center, 3233 Market Street, Oakland

Anticipated languages available: Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, American Sign Language

Additional activities throughout the day:
-live art
-community mapping of stories and hopes

9 AM: Breakfast, Sign In, Welcome
Opening Panel: How did we get here? 
Workshop Session 1: Intersections of Displacement: Understanding the root causes and impacts
Lunch & Housing and Health Community Resource Fair w/ Cultural Performances
Workshop Session 2: It's not too late: Joining the fights to stay
Large Group Discussion: What we’re building today and beyond; synthesis and summary of next steps
3 PM: Closing

Full list of workshops to come*, please note that there will be a Know Your Rights and Understanding Oakland's Tenant Protections will be repeated in both workshop sessions. 

For those currently experiencing displacement, we encourage you to come, share your story, speak your truth and get connected with resources and organizations that will support you.

*Program speakers, presenters and performers are still getting finalized, stay tuned for updates and get ready for what's to come!