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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.

POOR Magazine


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:

The Son of a Filipino Immigrant

Julius Domantay is released from prison on a pardon and within minutes is seized

Tony Robles/PNN
Tuesday, August 19, 2008;

An ancestral voice draws me closer. Thick syllables weave through the air like brown leaves steeped with the wisdom of winter rain; proudly displaying its beauty like a butterfly coming into bloom--wings beyond reach.

The Laughter of Black Men

Tony Robles/PNN
Saturday, September 5, 2009;

It’s one of the most beautiful sounds, maybe the most beautiful sound I’ve ever heard. You go through life working jobs and navigating through the nonsense and the real and sometimes the lines separating them are so blurred that you can’t tell one from the other. A great writer once said, “Men have ways of showing their petty biases and prejudices”. One doesn’t have to be a great writer to draw that conclusion.

The Bum on the 9th Floor

Tony Robles/PNN
Friday, July 24, 2009;

“Rights don’t protect themselves…it’s up to people to protect them”

--San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi

So Very Hard To Go: A Native San Franciscan Remembers Joe Jung's Restaurant

Tony Robles/PNN
Friday, November 14, 2008;

Ain't nothin' I can
say, nothin' I can do,
I feel so bad, yeah,
I feel so blue.
I got to make it right
for everyone concerned
Even if it's me, if it
means it's me what's
gettin' burned.

"So Very Hard to go"
Tower of Power

Sayaw Ng Mandirigma (Dancing with the warriors): journey to the homeland for a worker, a father, an Escrimador!

Tony Robles
Tuesday, July 1, 2008;

Jimmy, Jimmy, oh Jimmy Mack
When are you coming back?

--Martha Reeves and the Vandellas

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.

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