Peace & Freedom Party’s co-sponsored Suds, Snacks & Socialism monthly forum series continues in online form via Zoom on Saturday, September 10, entitled Housing: Commodity or Human Right?.

Keeping rental housing empty is one way that landlords manipulate the housing market. At this forum, we will discuss local ballot measures for an empty homes tax; examine rent control and other affordable housing policies; and look at the battle over Howard Terminal in Oakland, which is really about gentrification and real estate profits, not about a ballpark.

Guest speakers include:

  • Gwen McLaughlin, San Francisco Democratic Socialists of America Electoral Board Member, Field Director for Yes on M! Fill Empty Homes Campaign;
  • Steve Barton, retired City of Berkeley Housing Director and Deputy Director of the Rent Board, current Bay Area Community Land Trust board member;
  • Michael Rubin, member of Solidarity and the Oakland Greens; and
  • John Marc Chandon of the San Francisco Green Party.

Serving as moderator is Marsha Feinland, former Berkeley Rent Board Commissioner.

The program will start promptly at 2:30pm PT and is expected to wrap up by 4:30pm. To join the forum, click here or write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for login instructions.

This forum is co-sponsored by the Oakland Greens, the Alameda County Peace and Freedom Party and Bay Area System Change Not Climate Change. The forum is part of our ongoing Socialist Forum Series on the first Saturday of every month. Our purpose is informed political discussion, and the views expressed are those of the speakers only, not official positions of the Peace & Freedom Party or our fellow co-sponsors.