A poor people led arts and media organization that’ll turn the way you think, write, and report on poverty on its head.
Poverty Scholarship and Journalism 101
With Lisa “Tiny” Gray-Garcia and the POOR Magazine Family of Poverty/Indigenous Youth and Elder Skolaz
POOR Magazine is group of poor, homeless and disabled scholars and journalists who’ve just released a book that shares their innovative solutions to homelessness and poverty while asking the questions: how are these issues are reported on and who gets to be the reporters? They will come to Berkeley Journalism school to share their unique, powerful, and challenging teaching on journalism to all who are interested in attending.
From the author, Lisa “Tiny” Gray-Garcia:
“The notion of poverty scholarship was born in the calles, prisons, street corners, community centers, welfare offices, shelters, kitchen tables, assembly lines, tenements, favelas, projects, and ghettos—all the places people don’t look for educators, experts, leaders, researchers, lecturers, linguists, artists, creative thinkers, writers, and media producers…Poverty scholars are the people usually silenced: incarcerated, criminalized, displaced, homeless, disabled, marginalized, sorted, separated, extinguished…We are only deemed important as the subject of other people’s research.”
“Poverty skolaz’ schools are everywhere. Our teachings are essential, haphazard and immediate, fluid, static. We are your mama, your cousin, your elders, your corner store owner, and your recycler. Our research is based on our lives and our experiences; our solutions come from a vast knowledge of what works and what can work. Our visions are based on the dreams of our ancestors, our elders, our youth.”
Corrina Gould (Chochenyo/Karkin Ohlone, First Nations Land Warrior and Co-Founder of Sorgorea Te Land Trust)
“This is the book that you didn’t know you were waiting for.”
Leroy Moore Jr. (author of “Black Disabled Art History 101” and founder of Krip-Hop Nation)
“From Jesus to Hip-Hop, most subjects college students study come from the roots of poverty; however, poor people are never the ones writing and teaching their realities, scholarship, art and activism. This book, ‘Poverty Scholarship,’ finally changes that and puts poor people as professors, theorists, authors, writers and artists with chalk in hand in front of the class on the first day of school from high school to college.”
Luis J. Rodriguez (author of “Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.” and “It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing”)
This book is a compendium of street knowledge and stories only those who have lived it can tell. It’s about new imaginings: No more poverty. No more displaced. No more colonized. No more voiceless. Read this book – it’ll change your life; it’ll change the world.