From Houselessness to HOMEFULNESS...in Oakland!!!


Tiny - Posted on 13 May 2011

Author: 
Tiny aka Lisa Gray-Garcia daughter of Dee

 


From Removal to Reparations......From Houselessness to HOMEFULNESS…
From indigenous lands stolen to budget crumbs thow-en-
From  affordable housing in name only to rights to a roof by any means necessary…
From the cult of independence to the Revolution of inter-dependence…
From poverty-pimped housing po-lice to
Revolutionary equity for all Realized…!!!!.

 

After 500 years of removal, GentriFUKation, Anthro-Wrong-ology, akkkademik studies and philanthro-pimped capitalist compromises, and consumerist destruction POOR Magazine's family of landless, indigenous elders, ancestors, mamas, aunties, uncles, fathers and abuelitos, daughters and sons will be realizing the revolution that is Homefulness.  Its first resting place/its first creation space is located at 8032 MacArthur Av in Oakland

How did this finally happen?

Revolutionary Change Session launches true Change......Crumbling the Myth of The Gift — Deconstructing Donor Denial & Dismantling The Non–Profit Industrial Complex... One Outcome at a Time

Launched on Juneteenth of 2009 the POOR Magazine Revolutionary Change Session was a moment in herstory, a poor people-led/indigenous people-led teach-in for conscious folk with race, class and/or education privilege who were interested in exploring. implementing and practicing truly revolutionary expressions of giving, equity sharing and change. 

At this herstoric event poverty, in/migrante, race, elder, youth, disability and indigenous skolaz presented curriculum on the kkkriminalization of poor peoples and public space, local and global poverty, ableism, welfare, border fascism/false borders, systems abuse, underground economic strategies, po’lice brutality, profiling, globalization, gentriFUKation, indigenous removal and more.

At the culmination of the Change Session we launched the Declaration of Interdependence and the Manifesto for Change – two documents birthed in the hearts, minds, and revolutionary eyes of Mama Dee, Tiny, Ken Moshesh, Joseph Bolden, Lauren X, Maria Lopez, Kimo Akaha and other indigenous, landless poverty scholars existing in doorways, on street corners, in welfare offices, in SRO hotels, in shelters, in HUD housing and in cars.

The Revolutionary Change Session birthed POOR Magazine’s Solidarity board

POOR Magazine’s Solidarity board was formed by conscious young folks with different forms of race, class and/or akkkademik privilege whose perspectives were skooled by Poverty Scholarship at the Revolutionary Change Session and other teachings, action and prayer that grew from that space. From this skooling each  became interested in POOR Magazine’s analysis of reparations and resistance and began to work on decolonizing their resources. Click here to read excerpts of the solidarity boards personal reflections on race, class and akkkademik privileges in family, society and self.

Two years later, POOR Magazine’s solidarity board gathered enough of the blood-stained Amerikkkan Dollaz to facilitate a “purchase” of stolen land on Turtle Island to begin the healing of our mama (pachamama) to begin the healing of our communities suffering from the violence and pain of poverty, racism, budget genocide, paper trail theft and GentriFUKation, to begin the healing of our children and our families, ancestors and elders through equity redistribution, dekkkolonization, prayer and ceremony

To be clear, POOR Magazine the organization, is still Po', we only barely get by on donations by you, our families and ancestors and friends support to do the revolutionary poor people-led education, media and art. But for the first time in our herstory we have the access to create/realize a poor people-led/indigenous people-led take back of stolen land to move off these grids of plantations, po'lice, poverty pimps, corporate and government control to true liberation. 

To ask permission, to cleanse, to pray, to meet, to heal…

In the ways of our ancestors first we must walk softly on our (Pacha)Mama and in this East Oakland  community, where many of POOR Magazine’s family members have been gentrified out of, or currently dwell houselessly or in different forms of at-risk housing, we must introduce ourselves to the land and the peoples of this intentionally blighted,  scandalously speculated on, po’lice brutalized, and long ago forgotten community in poverty and ask permission in ceremony to build the Revolution that is HOMEFULNESS.

The 1st HOMEFULNESS site includes sweat-equity co-housing for 4-10 landless, houseless/landless families in poverty, as well as a site for PeopleSkool, a multigenerational, multi-lingual school based on an indigenous model of teaching and learning, POOR Magazine peoples media center, Uncle Al & Mama Dee’s Social justice and Arts cafe and tierra madre garden where we will hopefully grow food for the whole community. 

The process to dream and build HOMEFULNESS will be a community-led one with indigenous scholars, lived scholars and formally edukkkated scholars respecting and working together to create a re-mix of design, sustainability and off-grid self-determination.

Celebrate Inter-Dependence Day With Your help, Your time, Your Prayers, Your Equity

In 2006 the landless mamaz and babies in poverty of MamaHouse launched Inter-Dependence Day - a day to challenge the myth/cult of independence promoted by Amerikkkan bootstraps lies that work to separate and deconstruct  indigenous and cultural practices of sharing, love and care-giving. The Inter-Dependence day of art, action, care-giving and revolution seems like the perfect way to begin a relationship with this land and community - So please save the date- Saturday, July 2nd and get involved.

For folks who are interested in supporting this powerful poor people-led equity revolution that is HOMEFULNESS, please consider making a revolutionary donation or becoming a monthly revolutionary donor.

For folks with indigenous, or learned knowledge of architecture, building or skills with constructing or time or thoughts please let us know if u would have time or energy or resources to add to this project.

For gardening, farming or land-cleansing skills please let us know if u can help

For folks who would like to perform, have a table at and/or help with the upcoming Inter-dependence Day Ceremony – please contact us at poormag@gmail.com

 

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