Ending a two-year battle over privately owned land in West Oakland, homeless residents squatting on the property agreed to leave this month — in exchange for $2,500 each in cash.
It’s an unusual resolution they and the activists who backed them are calling a victory for the rights of unhoused people everywhere. But others say it’s a troubling sign of the decline of property rights in Oakland and beyond.
“I felt like it was definitely a win,” said 39-year-old Chad “Bulldog” Elliott, one of the people who was living on the property. “Because they didn’t want to give us nothing. And we made them.”