Statement Signed by Alameda Faith Leaders

by Eric Strimling

RESPECTING THE RIGHT OF EVERYONE TO SAFE, SECURE, AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN ALAMEDA

A Statement in Support of the Residents at 470 Central Avenue, Alameda, CA

We are here today representing Alameda’s faith communities, standing with our brothers and sisters living at 470 Central Ave. who are facing no-cause evictions from their homes. We want you to know that our hearts ache and that we will do all we can to address the injustice that deeply affects you.

All of our faiths hold that decent, safe, and affordable housing is a human right. We also understand that the human right to have safe, affordable, and secure housing can coexist with the right to own private property in a just, fair, and compassionate community. Furthermore, we believe we can work together to build a society that respects the rights of all.

Because Alameda is ONE COMMUNITY and we all live on ONE EARTH, whatever happens to any one of us happens to all of us. We have been saddened by the divisiveness that Alameda has experienced over recent months as we have tried to address the issues of community stability and housing security. The continued divisions among us and a lack of respect for others tears at the very fabric and integrity of our community and will have lasting effects.

We call upon the City of Alameda, all city residents, and the Alameda Housing Authority to stand with us to help secure the right to safe, secure, and affordable housing for every Alameda resident.

We are grieved that our public servants, our public agencies, and our public policy seem to stand in support of no-cause evictions. We stand here to remind our elected officials and our city’s public agencies of their obligation to ensure that the housing needs of all residents – especially poor and vulnerable people and their families – are met.

It is our belief that the Holy One in Whom we all believe and call by different names stands with those here today who are threatened with the loss of their homes and communities. And we stand here today in the Name of the Holy One to call for the restoration of justice and compassion here and now.

Thank you.

ENDORSED BY:

Rabbi Barnett Brickner- Temple Israel of Alameda

Kathleen Holmgren- Alameda Sangha

Sister Patricia Nagle- Sisters, IHM

Jay B. Roller- President, Live Oak UU Fellowship

Rev. Laura Rose- Sr. Pastor, First Congregational Church of Alameda, United Church of Christ

Eleanor Wiley- Christ Church

Rev. Michael Yoshii- Sr. Pastor, Buena Vista United Methodist Church

Pastor Tita Valeriano- Lutheran Church

 

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