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
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
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
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