POOR correspondent's blog

The Inquisition:When POOR Folks Organize: DHS Attacks POOR’s JOBS In The Media Program

Lisa Gray-Garcia aka Tiny
Tuesday, April 9, 2002

It was early, perhaps too early – the light at the newly named daylight was thin and gray. Thick strands of night fog reached into the 6:00 am sky. My body felt cold, empty and raw. I watched normal things like wet streets and moving windshield wipers and shuddered with their strangeness. My head throbbed a steady beat. A glaze of terror racked my body.

I had felt this feeling before. Four years ago – when I was in front of my PAES (welfare) worker, Why didn’t you turn in your month-end report?" She demanded.

The (UnPrivate) Dancer...Outside

Tuesday, June 3, 2003

Brown paper leaves bounce against an asphalt sky

Send me your love…love..love…love…

The Corporate Trash Scandal: Plainclothes PNN Does a Recycling Expose, Discovers the Real Recyclers

Sam Drew, tiny and Tiburcio/PNN
Wednesday, August 15, 2007

"Stop making a mess," screamed a worker from the Sunset Scavenger Company truck as the lonely hunched figure leaned over the soiled trashcan quickly transferring cans and bottles into his sturdy cart. The old man's face remained impassive as people barked orders at him. You could tell he was used to being belittled for doing his job picking up recyclables from various trash bins and garbage cans in the area. He quickly finished his task and headed for the next can as we watched him from our hidden spot.

The For-Profit Bridge: Golden Gate Bridge $5.00 Toll hike opposed by Marin residents.

Dee Gray, Ace Tafoya, tiny, Joseph Bolden and Ashley Adams/PNN
Tuesday, June 18, 2002

The Blood is on Your Hands: Resisting Props M and N, The People shut down City Hall with their voices

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

“No Justice, No Peace”, voices tumbled out of the non-descript tenderloin office-voices belonging to houseless folks – poor people –economic justice advocates – low and no-wage workers…..

Tenants as Housing Experts? California Hotel residents take over management of their own hotel and they need our support!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The building and the street around The California Hotel in Oakland was full of shadows. Shadows that whispered stories of past lives, glamour and tragedy from its ancient brick walls. The first time I saw The California Hotel was many years ago and I was both scared and comforted by its vast-ness that seemed to envelope San Pablo avenue from all directions. Scared because of its sheer enormity and comforted because it was the first chance for inside-ness for me and my poor mama after a long stretch of being vehicularily housed, police-harassed and outside.

Still Separate and UnEqual: A fast for equity in education

Friday, June 4, 2004

"Arnold (Schwarzenegger) couldn't take any time out of his busy schedule to meet with any of the students, elders or children , even though he already knew that we were coming many months ahead of time - that's one of the reasons we are fasting", the morning sun jumped in and out of sight behind a huge tree which shaded several large tents in the background as I stood with one of the dedicated young scholaz, 17 year old Berkeley High School student Julia Ibarra, at Oakland City Hall's Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Slumdog Scholars: Why Slumdog Millionaire belongs to poor people all over the globe

Tiny aka Lisa Gray-Garcia/poverty scholar and daughter of Dee
Friday, March 6, 2009

Slave-Mart (Wal-Mart) comes to Oakland: the community fights Back!

Monday, August 2, 2004

"I don't like it to be here, but for a minute, when they open I will apply for a job" 16 year old East Oakland resident Miguel Coelho pushed his wayward ghetto-fabulous fro' out of his eyes as he spoke to me over the grinding traffic sounds emanating from the nearby Hegenburger road.

We were huddled on the tip of the medium strip on Edgewater Road near the Oakland Airport as part of a Rally against the impending development of another Slave-Mart (oh excuse me, Wal-MART) Store

"Can I take your picture for the story," I asked Miguel


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