Blogging Bayport Alameda

April 26, 2017

Everyone actually belongs here

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

It’s been fairly easy to rag on the whole “Everyone Belongs Here” tagline. I mean, who wouldn’t want to sign on to such an inclusive sentiment. But it’s one of those things that people support in theory, but when it comes to some active steps that may affect people’s perceived quality of live, “everyone” comes with a big fat asterisk.

That’s probably a longer rant for a different time, but suffice it to say that one place where that sentiment is actually practiced is at Alameda Point Collaborative and Friends.   This video was posted in the comments section for this post and like someone remarked on Twitter the other night it should be beamed on Park Street for everyone to see and understand about the good work being done in super shoddy conditions right in our backyards.

Maybe it could be run during the ad times at the Alameda Theatres before the previews start.  It would be a nice switch up.

Take the six or so minutes to watch.


  1. Just remember when you see that growing population of homeless folks under the freeways, along the Oakland side of the estuary, that we’ve made choices that have resulted in this spike in homelessness. The people you see in these videos could just as easily be the people living in those tents. We need the main street project to pass and we need to start prioritizing stable housing for all over views for folks with stable housing. We need widespread new rental housing throughout the Bay Area and California at large.

    Comment by Angela — April 26, 2017 @ 7:59 am

  2. I would be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to invite folks to participate in our annual fundraiser coming up May 21. Our Urban Farm to Table Lunch is a unique experience set out in the fields of our urban farm at Alameda Point. All funds raised go to programs and services. Fresh organic food, a unique signature cocktail by Saint George Spirits, and compelling stories from our residents. Tickets are available at

    Comment by Doug Biggs — April 26, 2017 @ 9:56 am

  3. If you have been in this town for any length of time, you know that “everyone belongs here” is not the prevailing sentiment. Just look at Measure A, which banned multi-family housing for 40 years and then all the anti-growth sentiment that actually elects people to office. It’s remarkable that people can support that “everyone belongs here” and then complain about housing bringing traffic and threatening their quality of life. Where do they think “everyone” will be living?

    It’s easy to get on a soap box and beat your breast about the evils of Donald Trump, but Alameda has a long history of excluding people and we might do better by confronting that first before we go off trying to repaint ourselves as a welcoming city.

    Comment by Laura Thomas — April 26, 2017 @ 10:37 am

    • Every type of person,not every person on earth. We don’t even have the bike lanes, walking paths, or public transit to support the current population. The answer is not doing 45mph in a 25 zone to get off of the island.

      Comment by Retiredteacher — April 29, 2017 @ 7:53 am

  4. Over the past six years, I have had the privilege of helping to support the APC Mission to end homelessness. Even so, I continue to learn more and more about how our society has contributed to homelessness, often without even realizing it. The Community Engagement Governance model at APC is still in its infancy, yet there have been great strides in creating true inclusiveness for residents to help make critical choices and decisions about the future of APC. Words cannot convey the sincerity with which I ask that you do whatever you can to support our efforts toward providing new, ecologically sound housing and expansion of services to make sure that all residents (the majority of whom are children and youth) are afforded a living environment that is healthy in all ways. ~ Michele McGarraugh, Co-Chair Legal & Financial Oversight Team/Board of Directors

    Comment by Michele McGarraugh — April 26, 2017 @ 10:57 am

  5. Great idea about showing it at Alameda Theater!

    Comment by Nancy Hird — April 27, 2017 @ 1:10 am

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