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Coliseum City: Public Land for the Public Good

You may have heard that the City of Oakland is working on a massive development project on public land that will transform East Oakland: Coliseum City. It will include new stadiums, hotels, retail and tech office space, and thousands of new condos and apartments. The question is: will Coliseum City be public land for the public good? Or will it be a playground for out-of-towners and wealthy tech professionals?

The heart and soul of Oakland is at stake, Damita6and we have a choice between creating a formulaic, corporate development that could be Anywhere USA and pushes long-term residents out. Or, we can have a development that’s an authentic Oakland neighborhood, that allows long-term residents and local businesses to flourish and captures the economic, racial, and cultural diversity that makes Oakland special.

EBASE is leading a new coalition of Oakland residents, workers, faith leaders, youth, community organizations, and unions. We represent tens of thousands of community members who believe that if done right, the Coliseum City project has the potential to transform East Oakland by creating good jobs, affordable housing, critical public investments, safe and healthy communities, and cleaner air.

Last week, many of us gave testimony to Oakland’s Planning Commission to share our vision for an East Oakland Coliseum City for the people! We took an important step forward as Commissioners recommended including much of our vision into the final Coliseum Plan, which will be voted on Wednesday, March 11.

This development will determine Oakland’s future for the next 25 years. Join us in ensuring a Coliseum City for ALL. There will be many opportunities to attend actions and share YOUR vision.

The coalition is made up of the following organizations:

Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)
Building Trades Council (Alameda County)
Causa Justa::Just Cause (CJJC)
Communities for a Better Environment (CBE)
East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE)
East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO)
Partnership for Working Families (PWF)
Public Advocates
Oakland Community Organizations (OCO)
SEIU-USWW
Urban Peace Movement
UNITE HERE Local 2850

Photo: Oakland Community Organizations Rev. Damita Davis-Howard testifying to Oakland’s Planning Commission