In Oakland, California, the group known as Moms 4 Housing has reached an agreement to purchase a previously vacant house that they began occupying as part of their fight against homelessness and real estate speculation. The mothers had been fighting eviction attempts by investment firm Wedgewood Properties, which now says it will sell the property at a fair price through the Oakland Community Land Trust. This is Carroll Fife, director of the Oakland office for Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, celebrating the news Monday.
Carroll Fife: “It’s important to understand the history of civil disobedience in this country, because every single right that we have today was won by people engaging and pushing on what was legal. Right? So it’s important to not criminalize women who are trying to bring attention and justice and humanity to the masses, for everyone. They are not the criminals here. The criminal system is one that allows homelessness.”