Alastair Boone is the Editor in Chief of Street Spirit.
Since March 2020, photographer Mark Leong has been documenting how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted people who live outside. These images bring us from the very early days of the pandemic into the present.
On July 22, the UC Board of Regents voted to approve UC Berkeley’s plans to significantly increase housing development over the next 16 years. Community groups are fighting back.
During COVID, many outreach services for unhoused people ground to a halt. Artists Building Communities was born of this moment.
In May, Gavin Newsom announced a $12-billion proposal to fund programs to get people off the street. But where exactly would the money go?
A few months ago, we published a whole issue full of anti-eviction artwork. Here are some of the ways it was used.
An unlikely tenant at threat of displacement by UC Berkeley’s development plans—the monarch butterfly
The Gill Tract Farm in West Berkeley has long been a refuge for native plant life and the lively community of students and volunteers that work the land there. Now it is also home to a new and unexpected inhabitant: the monarch butterfly.
Street Spirit interviewed the people who got vaccinated about their experiences.
Homelessness is now a qualifying factor for getting the COVID vaccine in California. This guide will help walk you through the process of signing up for a vaccine.
At the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, it seemed a given that the virus would ravage the homeless community—but this has not taken place. We spoke to Dr. Harrison Alter about why.
UC Berkeley students have joined forces with the People’s Park Committee to oppose the housing UC Berkeley plans to build there.
Here are some common questions about the COVID-19 vaccine with answers from the county.
In July 2019, Rick Paulas generously donated hundreds of copies of his book, Eastern Span, for Street Spirit vendors to sell along with their papers. Because of this success, he donated an additional 775 books for our vendors to sell in the coming months.
As Bay Area healthcare workers started receiving the coronavirus vaccine at the end of December, unhoused people and their advocates are wondering when the vaccine will become available to the homeless community.
The cover of Eastern Span. (Courtesy of Rick Paulas) Buy a copy of Eastern Span from a Street Spirit vendor
In July 2019, Rick Paulas generously donated hundreds of copies of his book, Eastern Span, for Street Spirit vendors to sell along with their papers. That experiment was a success—some vendors earned hundreds of extra dollars during the months they were selling his novel. Because of this success, he donated an additional 775 books for our vendors to sell in the coming months.
After a heated ten hour Council meeting and widespread protest, the Oakland City Council unanimously passed a new Encampment Management Policy (EMP) on October 20.
“Landless Not Voiceless” is an exhibition currently on display at Pro Arts Gallery and Commons in Downtown Oakland being curated by the Cardboard & Concrete Unhoused Artists Collective—a new collective of homeless artists from Berkeley and Oakland.
Moms 4 housing co-founder Dominique Walker is running for the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board. Street Spirit caught up with Walker to talk about how she transitioned from leading the renowned Moms 4 Housing movement to running for local office.
Street Spirit spoke to 107 unsheltered and marginally housed people about who they are planning to vote for in the November 3 presidential election.
As the air quality climbed into the “very unhealthy” range on Friday, both Berkeley and Oakland opened clean air respite centers for unsheltered people and others who need a break from the toxic wildfire smoke. Here's what we know about where they are and how to utilize them.
Don’t call the cops on homeless people. This is a common refrain amongst advocates, and one that has grown louder over the past few months. But when you are witnessing someone in the midst of a mental health crisis, this is easier said than done. The Anti Police Terror Project has stepped up to change that.
Ken Jones stands on the corner of Addison and Shattuck, waiting for people to exit a concert at the Freight and Salvage, or a play at the Berkeley Rep. In the cool evening light, he catches the eye of patrons spilling out of the theaters, flashing a broad smile at each person who looks up as he broadcasts his patter over the crowd.
Some 30 people gathered outside Oakland’s Palms Motel on Friday to demand that the City of Oakland take immediate action to move more unsheltered people into hotel rooms.
On Thursday evening, protestors staged a die-in outside San Francisco Mayor London Breed's Lower Haight home. Organizers say the action was in protest of Breed's slow action to move unsheltered people into hotels.
Youth Spirit Artworks (YSA) is celebrating a long awaited accomplishment: After scouring the East Bay for a site for their Youth Tiny House Village, YSA has secured a site in East Oakland.
Street Spirit sat down with Dominique Walker to talk about her history as an organizer, and the future of the Moms 4 Housing movement.
In 1995, Sally Hindman wanted to start a home- less advocacy newspaper in the East Bay. Street Sheet already existed in San Francisco, and she saw an opportunity in Berkeley and Oakland. She quickly enlisted Terry Messman to be the founding editor and together, they got to work.
Living outside is never easy, but the winter rain and cold create additional burdens for unhoused people. And while the
Walking down Franklin Street in Downtown Oakland you’ll see a larger than life mural of a man in a baseball cap. With gentle eyes and a wide smile, he looks east over the city, watching over the people passing by. Small businesses line Franklin Street to the left and right. Below the mural is a parking lot, and shiny office buildings tower above. In between lies the portrait of Derrick Hayes, a 59-year-old homeless resident of Oakland who has been selling Street Spirit for almost 20 years.
Sanctioning self-governed encampments. Providing storage options for unsheltered residents. Prohibiting evictions during extreme weather. These are just some of the changes that Oakland City Councilmember Nikki Fortunato Bas is suggesting to the City of Oakland’s Encampment Management Policy.
William Barclay Caldeira, a Berkeley resident known to many for his deep commitment to justice and equality, died on Sunday, May 19. He was 51 years old. Barclay Caldeira—who went by “300”—was homeless. On the day of his passing, a number of his friends and neighbors saw him sitting at a bus stop on Adeline Street near Ward Street, looking unwell.
“The first time I played here, there was no park here yet,” Stevie Barsotti, the frontman of a band called Dapper Shindig, said to a crowd who had gathered in People’s Park on April 13. “The third time was when we tore down the fence, and that was really fun!”
Harold Adler has photographed all kinds of characters. Throughout the 1960’s and 70’s, he documented Telegraph Avenue hippies and gangs
As the sun set on Friday, February 22, the residents of South Berkeley’s Here/There encampment had much to celebrate. They were commemorating the two-year anniversary of their encampment. On July 6, 2017, camp was founded by First They Came For The Homeless, a homeless-led political organizing group.
Driving north down Adeline Street, you might notice an eight-foot-tall steel sculpture that reads “Here There” marking the border between
On January 30, I woke up before dawn to drive around East Oakland and count all the homeless people I could find. I was one of the 600 volunteers who participated in the 2019 Point-in-Time (PIT) homeless count for Alameda County, California. The PIT count is a nationwide effort to tally the number of unsheltered Americans living on the street on a single night in January.
It was December 6, and Oakland Police officers had stormed Housing and Dignity Village—a homeless encampment for women of color and their children in East Oakland—to evict the residents who lived there.
Last year, United Nations Special Rapporteur Lelani Farha made national headlines after telling the world that homelessness in the Bay Area was “cruel and inhumane.”
Many are fighting for dignity and fair housing as the city vows to clear all Lake Merritt encampments.
The Veteran’s Memorial Building at 1931 Center Street (Alastair Boone) After closing the doors at its Ninth Street location on