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Tue Jul 27 2021 (Updated 07/31/21)
Unhoused and Supporters Demand "Support Not Sweeps" at Caltrans
Street Theater, Song and Dance in Protest at Caltrans' Headquarters in Oakland
Unhoused residents and liveaboard mariners of the Bay Area and the state of California converged on Caltrans headquarters on June 22 to demand District 4 director Dina El-Tawansy cease and desist from displacing people living on Caltrans land, as well as people living anchored out on Richardson Bay in Marin. Speakers and musicians elevated the voices of the unhoused at the press conference. A reenactment depicted evictions happening to thousands of unhoused and anchor-out folks throughout California. "To us you are trash," shouted the "cops" as they "swept" the demonstrators and tents set up at the entrance of Caltrans' building during the performance.

The Demonstration was hosted by a statewide coalition of Caltrans and public land and water based curbside communities, encampments and anchorages, including Wood St People’s Collective, Wood St Commons, Cob On Wood, Camp Cormorant, Where Do We Go Berkeley, Poor News Network/Homefulness, Marin County Homeless Union, Camp Compassion, SacSoup, Sacramento Homeless Union, Essential Food and Medicine, and Artists Building Communities.

California Solidarity Coalition writes: We are calling on state, local, city, county officials and the public health department to protect our unhoused communities - provide SUPPORT and STOP THE SWEEPS! Local health officers may take any measures to ensure the safety and protection of public health - sweeps and displacement are a CRISIS. See Section 8558 of the Government Code.

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