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Tue Jul 28 2015 (Updated 07/29/15)
Humanist Hall Threatened by Complaints from Newcomers Next Door
City of Oakland Declares Humanist Hall a Neighborhood Nuisance, Issues Huge Fines
The Humanist Hall, home to the Fellowship of Humanity on 27th Street in Oakland, is being attacked by newcomers who live in condos built right next door only about ten years ago. The Humanist Hall has opened its doors for countless radical and under-served organizations over the past 75 years, from the Black Panthers to Mexican baptisms, from transgender weddings to Oscar Grant movement events. It's an Oakland social justice and cultural resource run by a group of generous people. The Fellowship's creed is simple: "The world is my country, to do good is my religion."

Yet now it is being labelled a public nuisance by the City of Oakland because newcomers to the neighborhood have repeatedly complained. An online petition calls on Mayor Libby Schaaf to “encourage condo owners and renters to respect the social norms of the neighborhood – our neighborhood – that they have moved into.”

photo City of Oakland Declares Humanist Hall a Neighborhood Nuisance, Issues Huge Fines | photo Oakland's Humanist Hall Declared a Nuisance by City | Petition
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