Marvin X will speak on the Black Arts Movement Business District, Oakland. He spoke in Oakland today at the rally for the Malonga Center mural. A multi-cultural crowd of artists and arts organizations gathered at 14th and Alice in the parking lot to protest the City approving plans for a 16 story market rate apartment complex on the parking lot. They marched down 14th to Oakland City Hall to let the politicians know people come before developers. As we write, the Post News Group and Betti Ono Gallery in the BAMBD must move due to rent increases. Such is the problem throughout Oakland. Marvin X told the Malonga protesters, "Oakland is a radical city so we must stand tall and resist. The devil never sleeps, he just changes shifts. So we must stay awake or wake up in a hurry and stay on the case until victory. Yes, the City declared the Black Arts Movement Business District, but where's the budget to make it a reality?"
March on City Hall for Malonga and Equitable Development