Resist Uncle Sam Scams: welfareQUEENs Report--Stimulus Fund short-term jobs must better support poor parents!

Vivian Hain/PNN
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

It’s been a little over two years since I graduated with my B.A. degree in Humanities Public Policy while surviving on welfare with my three young daughters, thinking that not only would I be able to help change the world for the better, but to also have the sole ability to pull my family out of poverty and get a stable living wage job.


Tony Robles/PNN
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Working their Asses Off: Street Cleaners protest wrongful termination from The Department of Public Works

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

"We have kids to support, we have bills to pay" The brown eyes of Larry Montoya glistened in the morning glare. He spoke to me over the sounds of horns honking in solidarity with the over 40 street cleaners who were protesting their illegal and wrongful termination from The Department of Public Works. He concluded, "We are protesting to get our jobs back, they fired us cause of nepotism"

The MUNI Lie Rail Project: The Bayview Hunters Point community seeks access to jobs and contracts for the last big MUNI Jobs

Sunday, October 31, 2004

Yeah, a mid-night train is coming
Right down "Homeless Row"
The Metro, co-signed by "Mr. Willie"
The Bar-be-cue’s of Bayview, he threw yearly
Oh but it’s going to cost the home owners dearly
Trickin the people to cut their own, pocket books
Yeah, they used to Lynch a Nigga, at Southern Bar-be-cues
Young bloods mis-guided, hating one another
Railroaded to Jail, by the coming of the Lite rail.
No jobs, no homes, get out of the way, toot, tooted!
Excerpt from "The coming of the Rail" by Po Poet Laureate A. Faye Hicks

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.

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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