Carroll Fife: A Mom for Housing
Oakland City Councilmember Carroll Fife (District 3) has decades of public service as a nonprofit director and community organizer. She is also one of the founding members of Moms for Housing, a group of African American mothers who occupied (and were evicted from) a vacant house in Oakland.
As E. Tammy Kim wrote for The New York Review last March, the mothers occupying the building
found the street overrun—not only by a throng of supporters, thanks to a text-message blast, but also by a ballistic vehicle and sheriff’s vans from Alameda County. A dozen men were dressed in fatigues and helmets and wielded machine guns. Under orders from Sheriff Gregory Ahern and Commander Shawn Sexton, they used a battering ram to knock down the front door of the house—which the moms say was unlocked but the Sheriff’s Office says was “fortified.” Everyone inside was arrested . . .
They later were able to negotiate the purchase of the company via a community land trust—and Carroll Fife was elected to the city council, assuming office in January 2021.
Join us for a conversation with Councilmember Fife and learn about her agenda for Oakland.
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Oakland photo by James BeBop.
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