Bishop J.E. Watkins of Jack London Square Chapel, which holds services in Liberty Hall, speaks at Tuesday's press conference. Photo by Charles Berkowitz.

A coalition of tenants and concerned community members seeking to stave off the eviction a church and its programs from a historic West Oakland building held a press conference Tuesday morning at which speakers called the property an important neighborhood gathering point, and urged the city to help the Jack London Square Chapel Church and its media education and community outreach programs remain in the building.

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