3124 shattuck ave, berkeley

Press Release: Long Haul community center in Berkeley faces displacement due to landlord’s proposed development

March 2, 2023

Berkeley’s volunteer-operated, non-profit radical community center Long Haul is threatened with displacement by a proposal to demolish its building to build an 8-story, $40-50 million housing development.

Long Haul has been located at 3124 Shattuck Avenue since 1979. Long Haul operates a radical library, historical archive and community center that hosts meetings, events and grassroots organizations such as Needle Exchange Emergency Distribution (NEED), Slingshot collective, East Bay Co-housing, Sunrise Movement, Reprographixxx Print Room and the Anarchist Study Group. Long Haul’s public reading room is open 6 days a week and is a locus of mutual aid and resistance culture. During open hours anyone can find a place to sit and socialize free of charge without the need to buy anything. Free food is available 2 nights a week. Harm reduction supplies are available 6 days a week. Long Haul always provides a free public toilet to anyone who needs one. Long Haul’s radical historical archive contains thousands of titles spanning radical activism from the 1960s on-ward, with special emphasis on under-represented periods such as the 1980s, 1990s, and beyond.

In early January, 2023, Long Haul’s landlord Northern California Land Trust (“NCLT”) surprised Long Haul by announcing that it was seeking to tear down the 3120-3130 Shattuck building (cross street Woolsey), which contains Long Haul and the Homeless Action Center. NCLT held a neighborhood meeting via zoom in January about the proposal. Long Haul learned that NCLT has been developing plans for the development for over a year. With no notice to Long Haul, NCLT submitted an SB330 application to the City of Berkeley on December 13, 2022. (Copy available upon Request.) Without communicating with its tenants, NCLT applied for and was awarded a $1 million grant from the California Energy Commission to pay for design and pre-development cost.

Ironically, NCLT’s offices were at Long Haul when the space began in 1979, according to Long Haul’s founder Alan Haber. (Haber also started 1960s New Left organization Students for a Democratic Society in 1960.) Haber stated that it was at Long Haul’s urging that NCLT purchased the 3120-3130 Shattuck building in 1984. Long Haul has an indefinite lease and has paid rent on-time for 30 years.

NCLT seeks to begin construction in mid-2024. However NCLT has not yet secured financing for the development.

Long Haul is having ongoing internal discussions to decide how to respond to the development proposal and is seeking community support to avoid displacement.

While Long Haul is under threat, it is still open and active. Long Haul invites the community to use its resources and schedule an event in its meeting room.

“The City of Berkeley has long prided itself on the presence of unique spaces like this that are unapologetically radical and grassroots and which allow people to interact and pursue their projects autonomously and without the barriers of commerce or supervisory authorization,” said a Long Haul volunteer. “The preservation of Long Haul is essential for Berkeley to remain weird and for it to remain distinctively Berkeley.”

Slingshot 35th Birthday Party

SUNDAY March 12, 2023 from 7-9pm
at Long Haul Infoshop

Live music from members of… The Wyatt Act, Guinevere Q, J Young Sun, and Chris Meeder.

Zany Free raffle, meet the authors, back issue collection & a vegan chocolate cake. FREE EVENT

FREE Disorientation Release / Tacos / Print Room Party

On November 12th from 5-9pm, we will be having a FREE (and awesome) release party for the 2022-23 DISORIENTATION guide!

We have been working tirelessly at the Reprographixxx Print Room project to get almost 1,000 guides printed in time 🙂

There will be FREE TACOS (delicious, flavorful, and vegan – no BS) and FREE copies of the disorientation guide!

For decades, the Berkeley Disorientation guide has been a resource for people at UC Berkeley to go beyond the university and get re-connected to ways of life outside academia and capitalism.


Hall-O-Weed 2022!!!

Starting at 6pm at Long Haul infoshop!!

Playing is CITY KIDS, a Pink Fairies cover band, and DELTA DAZE, punk rock from the delta. Afterwards, we will be having a movie screening of BLOOD DINER, B-horror movie classic.

The event is FREE and ALL AGES. We encourage people to be in costume and to bring stuff to share!!

SPOOKY HAUS Trans & Gender Non-Conforming Art Jam!!

This event requires pre-registration and is only open to Trans & Gender Non-Conforming participants. Please visit Spooky Haus’ website for info & to register! spookyhaus.com/artjam

The Long Haul will be closed to the public during these dates!

When: October 8th and 9th, 10am to 8pm

Where: Long Haul Infoshop – 3124 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley CA

What: During this multi-day event, attendees will share knowledge, try new things, build community and get silly in an environment that uplifts and affirms all gender identities, presentations and experiences. The weekend will also provide abundant opportunity for creative collaboration and connection. All participants are heartily encouraged to apply to lead their own classes, workshops, or demonstrations – we will provide whatever materials you need!

Who can attend: This event is open to transgender and gender nonconforming artists of all skill levels and disciplines.

Risograph Printing Workshop!

The new REPROGRAPHIXXX PRINT ROOM at Long Haul presents… an in-depth Riso Printing workshop open to the public! Come get your hands covered in ink, learn how to setup artwork, and more 🙂

Saturday, October 1st from 1-3pm (open studio until 4pm)

No experience required. This is a sliding-scale event, suggested donation is $30 for the hands-on workshop and classroom. (For classroom only, suggested donation is $15.)

Your donation of $30 or more helps fund the workshop and print shop to continue, and covers the cost of materials for you to receive up to 50 of your own prints!!!

NOTAFLOF – if you can’t afford to pay, you can attend for free.

Find out more and register here: https://reprographixed.com/workshops/

Save the Omni Commons!!

The OMNI COMMONS, a community space in North Oakland needs to raise $900,000 to pay down their loans. The OMNI COMMONS provides space to lots of local groups, has hosted a free fridge and community free store, Food Not Bombs, and many important events!

Please support our friends at the OMNI COMMONS with a donation; even $5 helps!!

Fundraiser video