Love and Justice in the Streets

Harnessing community resources in solidarity with our unhoused neighbors in Oakland


Resourcing, Organizing & Amplifying
The homelessness crisis in the Oakland cannot be addressed in a just and humane manner without the voices and leadership contributions of unhoused community members.  However the daily hardships of living without stable housing can make it difficult or impossible to participate in policy work or community organizing efforts.  By meeting the urgent needs of our unhoused neighbors and curbside communities, LJIS increases their capacity to participate in the grassroots organizing efforts to bring humane, just and lasting solutions to the Oakland homelessness crisis.

Rapid Response
We are in the streets and visiting encampments regularly to provide solidarity and material resources for unhoused Oakland residents as they endure illegal evictions, encampment demolitions and the daily struggles of surviving without housing.  When we are notified of an urgent need, such as an unhoused neighbor in need of a tent, food, medical supplies or other material assistance, we arrange for those material needs to be met as soon as possible.  

 Organizing and Solidarity
We believe that the voices of unhoused people should be central in all organizing and policy conversations concerning homelessness.  LJIS collaborates with leaders from other East Bay organizations such as the Homeless Advocacy Working Group, the East Oakland Collective, the Western Regional Advocacy Project and the Village to ensure that unhoused community members are included in strategic organizing and policy efforts to address homelessness.  When possible we work to provide transportation for unhoused residents so that they are able to attend strategy, organizing and policy meetings and share their critical voices in the discussion.

Amplifying Issues
We work to bring media attention to the systemic injustices that are perpetrated against our homeless neighbors.  We connect journalists directly to unhoused citizens with the goal of amplifying their stories to shift public understanding of the crisis.  Click the link below to see a collection of articles LJIS and our partner organizations have been instrumental in.

Our all-volunteer homeless advocacy team works to ensure that every cent donated to LJIS goes directly to individuals and communities in need.

Lead Organizer & Advocate
Talya aka “Bootz” has over 25 years of social justice and community organizing experience.  She is a founding member of the Homeless Advocacy Working Group, and is the founder and lead organizer of Love and Justice in the Streets.
Organizer & Advocate
Vera is an Oakland single mom and street outreach provider.  Originally from LA, she moved to the East Bay at 18 and has ben working in Bay Area Communities ever since.
Fundraising & Social Media
Katrina is an acupuncturist and healthcare educator in Oakland.  She comes to this work in part because of her childhood experience with housing insecurity, and acts as the fundraising and social media coordinator for Love and Justice in the Streets.
Communications & Web Design
Katie is a health educator who has worked in Oakland public schools for nearly a decade. She is passionate about racial and economic justice and handles communications and web design for Love and Justice in the Streets.

LJS in the news:

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The LJS Team
  • Ian Tewksbury 
    • $200 
    • 2 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $15 
    • 3 mos
  • Robert Santucci 
    • $100 
    • 4 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 4 mos
  • Julie Nesnansky 
    • $50 
    • 4 mos
See all

Organizer and beneficiary

Katrina Hanson LAc 
Oakland, CA
Katie Kelly-Hankin 
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