from Oakland Voices

Ms. Lola’s Place

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Friday, July 11, 2014

By Tom Webb - It may seem odd to suggest that a homeless woman actually has a place to call her own.  Ms. Lola is a middle-aged African-American woman who stands vigil on International Boulevard near 50th Avenue each day. I introduced myself to her last September and she told me her name. A neighbor told me Ms. Lola has lived in this East Oakland neighborhood for a long time. She can be seen most days at her post in front of the Kelly-Moore Paint Store on International.  Sometimes she is chased away by a zealous security guard.  She then simply re-locates a few yards away to a nearby corner, placing her various bags around her and either sits on the street corner or slowly marches up and down International Boulevard.