POOR correspondent's blog


Workforce Apartheid

Tony Robles/PNN
Wednesday, February 13, 2008;

Who gets access to decent jobs and how are folks intentionally excluded from opportunity ? I am constantly asking myself these questions as I work in my capacity as employment counselor for a non-profit organization based in San Francisco. The organization prides itself on uplifting people from homelessness and ending joblessness. I have been working since the age of 16.

We Hate 98

Hundreds of tenants, advocates and community members rally against the pro-landlord Proposition 98 which will be on the June ballot

Tony Robles/PNN
Tuesday, May 27, 2008;

"Save our city, save our state, vote no on 98!"

Tribute to my Father: Stories from our elders

Tony Robles/Special to PNN
Wednesday, December 19, 2007;

"When I die, bury me facedown so that anybody that comes to visit me can kiss my ass."

--James Robles

To Tow or not to Tow

Tony Robles/PNN
Friday, July 24, 2009;

Don't lose your music: worker scholar whose power comes from within

Tony Robles
Friday, November 14, 2008;

Time Warp

He wears a white
T shirt with a
Gold chain dangling
From his neck

Calls everybody
Homey, even the
White guys

Carries a mini
Boom box
Radio

He’s 44 years old
And has never
Held a job

He had a bad
Car accident that
Left him disabled

He now works in a
Warehouse heat sealing
Cellophane packages

Thinking Locally and Globally: A powerful organizing movement of folks in Arkansas

Tony Robles/National Poverty Racism and Resistance Report (NPRRR)
Thursday, October 2, 2008;

The Son of a Filipino Immigrant

Julius Domantay is released from prison on a pardon and within minutes is seized

Tony Robles/PNN
Tuesday, August 19, 2008;

An ancestral voice draws me closer. Thick syllables weave through the air like brown leaves steeped with the wisdom of winter rain; proudly displaying its beauty like a butterfly coming into bloom--wings beyond reach.

The Laughter of Black Men

Tony Robles/PNN
Saturday, September 5, 2009;

It’s one of the most beautiful sounds, maybe the most beautiful sound I’ve ever heard. You go through life working jobs and navigating through the nonsense and the real and sometimes the lines separating them are so blurred that you can’t tell one from the other. A great writer once said, “Men have ways of showing their petty biases and prejudices”. One doesn’t have to be a great writer to draw that conclusion.

The Bum on the 9th Floor

Tony Robles/PNN
Friday, July 24, 2009;

“Rights don’t protect themselves…it’s up to people to protect them”

--San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi

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