Note: The location of this event has been corrected. It is at ACCE as listed below.
In the East Bay DSA's first educational event by the Social Housing Caucus, we'll illustrate why capitalism can't meet our housing needs, how renters are collectively fighting back against capital, what a socialist vision for housing can look like, and how we're going to get there.
Here's nothing you don't know: Bay Area rent is stupid high. The median monthly rent for a one-bedroom in San Jose is $2,050. In Oakland, it's $1,710. In San Francisco, it's $2,420. The gouging — an inevitable result of a legion of predatory landlords cultivated by weak tenant protections and an influx of tech money — has led to a near-instantaneous shifting of culture, as low-income tenants are forced out while higher-income tech imports are chained to 16-hour days to pay for a place to sleep and put their stuff.
The cultural deaths of Oakland and San Francisco are real, and the executioner is the housing crisis. To overcome this, we need tenant protections, publicly-funded housing options, and truly, truly, truly affordable units. In San Francisco alone, there are already nearly 30,000 vacant homes, which means that housing for more than 84,000 people currently exists.
The problem isn't space. It's capitalism. Time to fight back.
2501 International Blvd
Oakland, CA 94601
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