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, indigenous mama Dee, and the co–founder of POOR Magazine/Prensa POBRE/PoorNewsNetwork. 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 - Poverty ScholarShip -Poor People Theory, Arts, words and Tears Across Mama Earth A PeoplesTeXt which was just released in 2019. 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.
She has taught Poverty Scholarship theory and practice in Universities, street corners and encampments from Columbia to Skid Row. In the Covid19 Pandemic she and other poverty skola leaders at POOR Magazine have galvinized folks with race and class privilege and solidarity community so POOR Magazine could increase their already existent street love-work, education , service and support to supply food, masks, gloves, healing and sanitation to over 700 unhoused and no-income housed communities per week across the Bay Area as part of healing, surviving this Corona crisis-she has dubbed it "interdependence" and Radical Redistribution-and much more.
She spear-headed the How To Not Call PoLice Ever workshop series with other poverty and disability skolaz at POOR Magazine in 2015 and in 2021 they released a book of the same name- Tiny also launched and co-authored a book and workshop series called Po Peoples Survival Guide Thru Covid19 and the virus called poverty released in 2020 Tiny has also authored multiple revolutionary childrens books, introducing disabled, houseless inter-generational protagonists with resistance narratives and created companion curriculum on these never included topics for all youth, children and families in poverty and with privilege.
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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