“We were a group of unsheltered women who worked hard to turn an illegal dumping site into a community where we could safely sleep, eat, and provide some stability for our children.”
Anita De Asis Miralle aka Needa Bee is a longtime educator, organizer, activist, creative force and entrepreneur in Oakland. She can’t help but connect the dots between issues and build coalition. She believes in service rather than charity, self-determination rather than dependency, and chopping from the top to empower the bottom. Like thousands of other hard working Oaklanders, she cannot find housing in the Bay Area that she can afford or qualify for. She is currently homeless, fighting alongside others for a Oakland systematically being erased thru economic and cultural genocide. She is the co-founder of Feed The People & The Village; the owner of Oakland’s Original Lumia Lady & The Lumpia Shack; and Program Director of Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute.