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“Seize Time” Mural Unveiling: Aerosoul Art

Join AeroSoul Art and the Homeless Action Center for the unveiling of this impactful mural at our West Oakland Office.

We will be joined by:
Billy X Jennings, Black Panther Party
Councilmember Carroll Fife, D3
Poet Tureeda Mikell
Food! Music!

WHEN: July 22 from 11:30a – 2p
WHERE: The Homeless Action Center, West Oakland Office, 2601 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612

The mural depicts the historic Black community and community leaders like Carroll Fife, community organizers from Moms 4 Housing, images of rank-and-file Black Panther Party members, and the Founder and Chairman of the Black Panther Party, Bobby Seale.

About the Artist – AeroSoul Art:
AeroSoul Art is a community institution and cultural resource that documents, promotes, and develops the legacy and rich history of the African/African diaspora’s writing culture commonly known as Aerosol Art or Spray Can Art. AeroSoul, its coordinators, and participants appreciate your support in ensuring that this historic Cultural Movement reaches its potential to positively impact youth and struggling communities. In order to achieve this potential, funding is sought for the resources and materials necessary for organizing exhibitions, classes and cultural enriching events. Please support the AeroSoul movement:
https://www.gofundme.com/f/black-panther-party-mural-fun

HAC is Grateful to our Donors of Health and Hygiene Supplies During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Homeless Action Center is pleased to announce a donation of 6,000 bars of soap from Soapbox, as well as gallons of hand sanitizer from both Seven Stills Brewery & Distillery and a student teaching lab at UC Berkeley’s La Ka Shing Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences.

During this time, HAC staff are still meeting with our clients for limited essential services on the sidewalk outside our offices. Additionally, HAC has partnered with other outreach providers to distribute tents, health and hygiene resources, and other supplies to people who are living on the street and in encampments. Many of these individuals do not have access to basic health and hygiene supplies. These donations of soap and hand sanitizer will enable homeless individuals to follow recommended hand washing and sanitizing practices to limit the spread of the virus. Many of these homeless individuals are at great risk: many are elderly and living with chronic and acute conditions and disabilities that are more difficult to manage on the street. Limiting contagion through something as simple as soap and hand sanitizer will help save lives.

Lawsuit against CalTrans

HAC has joined with several individual plaintiffs as an organizational plaintiff in a lawsuit filed against CalTrans.  This state agency is the owner of property under freeway overpasses where homeless people commonly camp out.  When it clears those encampments, CalTrans violates state law and its own policies.  CalTrans is required to hold people’s property for a set amount of time and allow people access to claim it.  Instead, the agency has been unlawfully disposing of the property.  Many times this property is immediately and summarily destroyed.  The lawsuit seeks damages for the aggrieved homeless plaintiffs and a declaratory judgment that CalTrans’ conduct is unlawful.

2016-17 Annual Campaign a Great Success

The Homeless Action Center set out to raise $50,000 in 2016-17.  We came extremely close.  Contributions totaled $48,090 (96% of goal).  This was an increase of 79% over 2015-16.  HAC received a total of 267 gifts (70% increase over last year) from 235 donors (58% increase).

New and returned donors were very important to our success.  These donors contributed 72% of all gifts.

Thank you to everyone who supported this successful campaign.

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