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.

Listening To WHOM?!? Health and Human Services’, Tommy Thompson’s “Listening” session on welfare reform

Tiny a.k.a. Lisa Gray-Garcia
Tuesday, October 30th, 2001

“My Mom came to visit Wade Horn - all I got was this sign....” Aimee Fisher, a low income mom struggling to go to college while on welfare, protesting Tommy Thompson’s “Listening” session outside the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

Gentrification for Dummies:Ten Easy Steps To Transform Your Multi-Cultural/Multi-Generational 'hood Into Shiny New Condos

By Tiny aka Lisa Gray-Garcia and Vivien Hain/PoorNewsNetwork poverty scholars and welfareQUEENS
Friday, November 17, 2006

First Peoples Resist Lennar: Ohlone, Other Bay View Activists Demand Legal, Sovereign Right To Be Involved In Bayview Planning

Tiny aka Lisa Gray-Garcia/PNN Indigenous Peoples Media Project
Friday, January 15, 2010

"If we cannot agree today to preserve our lifes' ways, our history, our culture, then there is the court system and we will go to that," Rosemary Cambra, Mawakma Ohlone, spoke at a press conference last Tuesday on the intentions of Bay Area 1st peoples, in regards to land use of the Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood development.


"She Won't Let me Die Here..."

Gio Barela, Michelle Bates and Tiny for PNN
Friday, December 1, 2000

Death By Eviction: 84 year old woman dies while being evicted from residence of 40 years

J.R. Johnson and Tiny
Tuesday, October 31, 2000

Lola Mckay’s body lies at rest now after a long battle against eviction. On Sunday Oct. 29th, 2000, The protest crowd against evictions, of nearly 50 people, in a way presented a requiem to honor Ms. Mckay.

It all started in January of 1999. Not the beginning of someone’s life. But the slow, vicious journey to someone’s untimely death. The death of an elder in our community. A death by eviction.

Amerikka's Un-American Housing Policy: Alameda Section 8 tenants march in the 4th of July Parade and resist evictions

Thursday, July 22, 2004

#3 in a PNN Media Activism series

Red like a river of blood - co-mingling with a dark bruise blue flattened against glaring, headlight white… so much white..in the houses.. on the curbs.. spilling out of trucks, draped over horses and sailing through the air. It was 4th of July in the richest country in the World. The air was filled with popcorn, barbecue sauce, marching music, horse hair and the sounds of hundreds of families facing eviction.


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