Swept in the rain: Wood Street CommUnity Wire #1

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Wood Street Commons. – Photo: POOR Magazine

Introducing: RoofLessRadio PovertySkola reporters from Wood Street Commons 

by Poor News Network 

The following herstories and histories were created by new povertyskola reporters in the POOR Magazine street-writing workshop at Wood Street Commons in Oakland.

Wood Street Commons is struggling with the torrential rains and yet another eviction notice from the City of Oakland – which are scheduled for Jan. 9-20 – we are asking all people to call the City of Oakland’s new mayor and ask her to live up to her promises of providing support and housing for houseless residents not more violence of sweeps. Call now! 510-238-3141!

Monte, Wood Street Commons povertyskola reporter

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My loss of family and now

the threat of losing the

community that has saved my

life. Not sure what it will look like but

I’m sure it won’t be a a good picture,

for anytime the city comes to evict,

they usually come with the cops

and arrive without empathy or

understanding. They come weaponized

with one mission on their minds …

to push and pull the

destruction of what I call home

and many call home. This places

houses my family and friends.

I will fight to keep the love,

sustainability, and growth

of the community.

John, Wood Street Commons, povertyskola reporter

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The beeping noise over and over

again. It stops, you all have five

minutes to get what you can.

After that all I see is dump trucks

Caltrans workers, Highway patrol

officers. My brothers and me and some

groupies half dressed and fucking

tired of moving every fucking week.

over and over again. What the fuck!

So now we all are across the street

watching our camp site be destroyed!

All our stuff again! being crunched up

for what? Maybe because karma/

is a motherfucker and me and

my brother are the best fucking bike

thieves that ever lived. Maybe it’s

god telling us to get right? maybe

we are just the scum of the earth

and that’s that.

No, that’s not it. But For some reason

today it feel like I’m back to square


I need this shit to stop

I need people to hear my brothers


I need to know what the Fuck

is going on in America.

I need you to stop sweeping us

I need the beeping to stop

I need to know my life is not trash

Read more about issues of poverty and race written by the people who face them daily at POOR Magazine/POOR News Network, www.poormagazine.org and www.racepovertymediajustice.org. Email poormag@gmail.com.