Oakland Activists Build Library In Abandoned Building
The organizers named it the â€œVictor Martinez Peopleâ€™s Libraryâ€ in honor of the late Latino author. In an interview with the San Jose Mercury News, Jaime Silva (one of the organizers) explained that the building had been abandoned for a few years and its darkness â€œsucks the life out of the community.â€
â€œDozens of activists, many associated with the Occupy movement, entered the unlocked building, which alternately served as a library, school and social services center until the city closed it in 2010, and immediately went to work replacing the results of years of neglect. Trash, discarded mattresses and graffiti were removed to make room for the makeshift lending library of books donated by the community. By the afternoon, visitors had begun wandering in, and organizers were gearing up for an evening potluck dinner and poetry reading.â€
Unfortunately, the peopleâ€™s ability to enjoy the library was short-lived. The police have since evicted the library. Check out the libraryâ€™s Facebook page for updates.