For those of us who are seeing San Francisco succumb to the pressure of too much money chasing too little land, it is easy to imagine that the wonderful, chaotic, multi-everything Oakland across the Bay is bleaching away as well. And there is lots of objective reason to think this is true: in November, Oakland ranked as the country's 5th most expensive rental market. (Yes, San Francisco was Number 1.)
But the MLK Day march in Oakland's downtown presented a tableau of how much resistance and hope still remains.
The Oakland still lives stands together.
Families march together ...
... and chant together.
A choir prepared to raise their voices.
Organizers had prepared for all comers.
Victims were remembered; firing Suhr is actually a San Francisco priority.
The "Sangha for Black Resistance" gave silent witness.