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Poverty Skola shares latest outrage on Oakland encampment fire
~Post-Homeless: Urgent Poverty Skolaship lessons 4 advocates and activists everywhere~
Poverty Skola’ Activist and Creative Artist Lisa “Tiny” Gray-Garcia expresses outrage on evictions after fire at homeless encampment in Oakland, CA
Who: Lisa “Tiny” Gray-Garcia is the founder of Poor Magazine (poormagazine.org). She is an independent reporter, writer, educator, and activist. Over the summer she and PNN Radio co-host Leroy F. Moore reported on the Poor People’s March on Washington by embedding with the march for over a week. Her latest book, Poverty Scholarship, is scheduled for release in February 2019.
What: Spoken-word poetry teaches people about the homelessness experience which the corporate world fails to recognize. Poor people are emerging from communities once intact, but now turned into “broken-windows” neighborhoods. Often their apartment buildings are slated for redevelopment by landlords. Once these people are evicted they are considered homeless which exposes them to routine humiliation or exploitation by the nonprofit sector.
Why: Homeless people should not be treated like institutional trash to be used of and disposed. Poor people are often intelligent but displaced human beings who can share their funds of knowledge. Instead they are wrongly targeted by authorities and police who hunt them down. The issues they face happens to every one, but if you are a minority, disabled, and poor, you are more easily taken advantaged of.
How: When you are poor, disabled, and homeless person of color it is much easier to end up with tickets for loitering, be thrown in jail, and have all your belongings confiscated. The Race, Poverty, and Media Justice Institute offers PeopleSkool where professionals and other people can learn about a new kind of scholarship, the Scholarship of Poverty.
According to Lisa “Tiny” Gray-Garcia, it’s a new kind of scholarship because the perspective is direct from homeless people:
“This scholarship has a new canon with new designations for greatness. Survival itself, through extreme poverty and crisis, houselessness, racism, disability and welfare to name a few are what you need to qualify for poverty scholarship. Conversely, a person who is formally educated with a Masters Degree and no poverty scholarship would be considered inexperienced and therefore should not be writing, lecturing or legislating on issues that impact communities in poverty.”