Tiny (aka Lisa Gray–Garcia) : Biography
Tiny (aka Lisa Gray-Garcia) is a formerly unhoused, incarcerated poverty scholar, revolutionary journalist, lecturer, poet, visionary, teacher and single mama of Tiburcio, daughter of a houseless, disabled mama Dee, and the co–founder of POOR Magazine/Prensa POBRE/PoorNewsNetwork. With her Mama Dee- she co-founded Escuela de la gente/PeopleSkool- a poor and indigenous people-led skool, as well as several cultural projects such as the Po Poets Project/Poetas POBREs Proyecto (co-founded with Leroy Moore), welfareQUEENs, the Theatre of the POOR/Teatro de los pobres, Hotel Voices( to name a few. She is also the author of Criminal of Poverty: Growing Up Homeless in America, co-editor of A Decolonizers Guide to A Humble Revolution, Born & Raised in Frisco and her second book- Poverty ScholarShip -Poor People Theory, Arts, words and Tears Across Mama Earth A PeoplesTeXt will be released in 2018-19. In 2011 she co-launched The Homefulness Project - a landless peoples, self-determined land liberation movement in the Ohlone/Lisjan/Huchuin territory known as Deep East Oakland, ,and co-founded a liberation school for children, Deecolonize Academy
In 2016 tiny launched the Stolen Land/Hoarded Resources Tours Through Turtle Island with 1st Nations leaders and fellow poverty scholars where poor people tour "rich" neighborhoods across the US and knock on doors humbly asking that wealth hoarders redistribute their hoarded money and assets, The tour is loosely based on the Bhoodan Movement of India launched by Vinoba Bhave who walked through India asking wealthy "land-owners" to gift their land to landless peoples.
I highly recommend Lisa (Tiny) Gray-Garcia's PeopleSkool seminars - and/or any speaking/performing engagement with Lisa and POOR Magazine - for any institution or group that is looking to undertake a meaningful exploration of the marginalization of people based on race, class, disabilities, age, and other issues. As a formerly homeless person who "got out" and went on to do undergraduate work in philosophy at Yale and then a J.D. at UConn Law, I can say that the work that POOR Magazine is doing is nothing short of revolutionary. We've all seen the lives of homeless and other poverty-stricken members of our society characterized as being "invisible," but this is not accurate. These people are not invisible; we all see - and then pretend as if we did or can not see - them, as we all keep moving and going on with our days. The PeopleSkool vignettes bring the unseen realities of this growing population to life - and they give every participant the opportunity to explore and consider the moral, ethical and humane questions of how we are responding to this reality - both personally as well as at the societal level. No one who participates in a PeopleSkool seminar will leave unchanged.
~ Valerie Klokow
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