Supports Protest Moms 4 Housing Amid Imminent Eviction
Over 100 protesters came out Monday morning to support Moms 4 Housing – a collective of homeless and marginally housed mothers facing imminent eviction from a West Oakland investor home the organization has been squatting in since November. The goal of Moms 4 Housing is to reclaim housing for the community from speculators and developers.
The Mercury News, the protests began Monday as police officers from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office took to the house to evict the organization. A group of protesters formed a human linked at the arms, to stop officers from entering the home.
The group lost a key court case Friday, opening the door for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office to remove the squatters from the house. The sheriff’s office plans to evict the women by Wednesday, likely during daylight hours, Sgt. Ray Kelly wrote in an email.
“The Sheriff’s Office will be enforcing the eviction order as mandated by the court,” Kelly wrote in an emailed statement. “We have reached out to Moms 4 Housing to provide resources and come to a non-confrontational resolution. They have declined our offers. We will continue to try and hope they vacate the home as ordered by the court.”
Moms 4 Housing group has garnered support from some city council members, but other members and community leaders view the group as criminals.
Carroll Fife, regional director of the nonprofit Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, said the organization has not received any resources or communication from the sheriff’s office.
Supporters have shared video on social media to document the protest.
"Were the arrests safe? Was it peaceful?"
— #IStandWithTheMoms (@sassmasterdeane) January 14, 2020
— Alyssa Kang (@1alyssakang) January 14, 2020