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POOR Magazine is a poor people led/indigenous people led, grassroots non-profit,arts organization dedicated to providing revolutionary media access, art, education and advocacy to silenced youth, adults and elders in poverty across the globe.

All of POOR's programs are focused on providing non-colonizing, community-based and community-led media, art and education with the goals of creating access for silenced voices, preserving and degentrifying rooted communities of color and re-framing the debate on poverty, landlessness, indigenous resistance, disability and race locally and globally.

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POOR Magazine Revolutionary Journalism, poetry, & prose on issues of poverty, racism, disability, in/migration, border fascism, incarceration, welfare (de)form, profiling, indigenous resistance, art, media, and more by the folks who experience these struggles first-hand.

(POOR Magazine -The print edition- Is currently out of print due to lack of funding. Some copies of Volume #4: MOTHERS still available by mail order. Contact deeandtiny@poormagazine.org)

Blogs and Journalizm by Poverty Skolaz locally and globally linked below:

San Francisco deserts its black population: City Hall report on San Francisco’s Black Counter-Migration

Tony Robles/PNN
Tuesday, September 2, 2008;

The Chronicle recently ran an article whose headline read, "Black population deserting SF". To me, a 4th generation San Francisco native, San Francisco has deserted its black population. The city is losing its heart. Its soul cries.

People Get Ready: In Honor of Curtis Mayfield

Tony Robles/PNN
Thursday, October 2, 2008;

People get ready
There's a train-a-comin
You dont need no baggage
You just get on board

--Curtis Mayfield

Ordinary Guy: A Professor, music and poverty scholar with a "degree in streetology"--Joe Bataan

Tony Robles/PNNReviewforTheReVolution
Monday, April 21, 2008;

I don't drive beautiful cars
And I don't own an elegant home
Don't have thousands to spend
All chits I got is for the weekend
I'm just an ordinary, ordinary guy
Afro-Filipino, ordinary guy
That's what I am
The ordinary man
You left behind

IOU: The working class scholar speaks.

Tony Robles/Special to PNN
Tuesday, March 25, 2008;

I recall the instruction and indoctrination I received from my father as a child. Early on he stressed to me the importance of work. He stressed that I be on time and that "nobody in this world gave you anything for free." You had to work. He'd talk about all the children starving in China and how I was lucky to be eating. 30 years later I realize that there are people starving all over, many of whom are within shouting distance from where I am typing this.

Heart of the City: The Farmers Market in Downtown San Francisco is at-risk of take-over

Tony Robles/PNN
Tuesday, May 27, 2008;

As a child I would accompany my grandma to the market 3 blocks from our house. She held my hand as we walked. The trees seemed to bow before her, and the traffic, upon seeing her wide sunglasses and colorful scarves, would come to a respectful halt. I'd skip alongside her as we got closer to the market. Once inside, it was magic. Grandma knew vegetables - bok choy, squash, ginger and bitter melon. They knew her too, jumping into our cart as we made our way to the meat and fish section.

From Homelessness to HOMEFULNESS!

POOR Magazine is evicted by unscrupulous landlords and launches a Capital Campaign with a new twist

Tony Robles/Co-editor
Wednesday, September 24, 2008;

From Black Streaks to White Streaks: A Racist 2008 Olympics

Tony Robles/PNN
Thursday, October 2, 2008;

I saw my uncle Anthony the other day. He is a street minister. He walks Market Street passing out tracts. "Im working for the lord now", he says, after a lifetime of janitorial duties. "It may not pay very much, but the retirement plan is out of this world". He talks to the hustlers and players. Tells them to get ready.

Don't You Dare Become Houseless! Fresno Joins The Facsist 10-Year-Plan For Poor People In Amerikkka

Tony Robles/PNN-National Poverty, Racism and Resistance Report/NPRRR
Thursday, October 2, 2008;

Don't Spray On Me: Families, children resist this inhuman and very questionable "spraying" of our lan

Tony Robles/PNN
Monday, April 21, 2008;

"Profits enslave the world"
--Filipino American labor organizer Philip Vera Cruz

The cat sprayed in the computer and now the government wants to spray on us. The reason? It's called LBAM, aka the light brown apple moth. The state and big agribusiness is putting out propaganda that says this little moth--unless controlled by spraying--will cost California billions of dollars in lost crop export revenue.

Days of Wine and Radio: Underwear models, cows, microphones and moths

Tony Robles/PNN
Sunday, October 11, 2009;

I remember my first job in radio. I was attending City College of San Francisco (“Harvard on the hill” or “Extended high school” as it was jokingly referred to), in my first semester. I was sent to an academic counselor who was to shine her guiding light upon me. After much back and forth about my dislike of anything resembling a suit and tie, the counselor blurted out the immortal words: Why don’t you major in business? I left her office, taking in an array of (mostly forgettable) faces about campus; many of whom were as confused as I was.

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