Michelle “Skinny” Spearman

Image is of Michelle "Skinny" Spearman, a lifelong Oaklander who co-founded 37MLK, a totally grassroots/homeless-led neighborhood takeover of a vacant lot in Oakland that created a community of tiny homes for unhoused seniors and disabled people. She was a fierce woman of faith who lived with several chronic illnesses and also engaged in disabled mutual aid as an IHSS worker for much of her life. She was born on October 5th 1959, and passed away on April 29th 2021; her legacy will live on for much longer in her beloved family and neighborhood connections. Rest in power, beloved!