WHAT WE DO
Resourcing, Organizing & Amplifying
The homelessness crisis in the Oakland cannot be addressed in a just and humane manner without the voices and leadership contributions of unhoused community members. However the daily hardships of living without stable housing can make it difficult or impossible to participate in policy work or community organizing efforts. By meeting the urgent needs of our unhoused neighbors and curbside communities, LJIS increases their capacity to participate in the grassroots organizing efforts to bring humane, just and lasting solutions to the Oakland homelessness crisis.
We are in the streets and visiting encampments regularly to provide solidarity and material resources for unhoused Oakland residents as they endure illegal evictions, encampment demolitions and the daily struggles of surviving without housing. When we are notified of an urgent need, such as an unhoused neighbor in need of a tent, food, medical supplies or other material assistance, we arrange for those material needs to be met as soon as possible.
ORGANIZING & SOLIDARITY
We believe that the voices of unhoused people should be central in all organizing and policy conversations concerning homelessness. LJIS collaborates with leaders from other East Bay organizations such as the Homeless Advocacy Working Group, the East Oakland Collective, the Western Regional Advocacy Project and the Village to ensure that unhoused community members are included in strategic organizing and policy efforts to address homelessness. When possible we work to provide transportation for unhoused residents so that they are able to attend strategy, organizing and policy meetings and share their critical voices in the discussion.
We work to bring media attention to the systemic injustices that are perpetrated against our homeless neighbors. We connect journalists directly to unhoused residents with the goal of amplifying their stories to shift public understanding of the crisis. Click the link below to see a collection of articles LJIS and our partner organizations have been instrumental in.