The Washington Post, “The Oakland fire would never have happened if the city cared more about artists”

These were artists, not anarchists. And evicting them from the spaces they’ve created won’t keep them safe.

A tangle of complex issues underlies this tragedy, and one of them is the housing crisis. But to characterize the affected community as anarchists choosing a life of lawlessness is a dangerous and disrespectful misrepresentation. These artists have not deliberately excused themselves from the table. They were never offered a seat.

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