POOR correspondent's blog

Race, Class and Proposition 8: One Poverty Scholar's Race and Class Analysis of the LGBT Movement

 Thornton Kimes/PNN
Wednesday, December 24, 2008;


Avoiding Gay Pride events is easy. I hate excessive commercialization and cooptation of any movement that is an engine driving real social justice change. Also, sexual minorities are non-white and poor too, though you wouldn’t know it the way the gay rights struggle is shaped and fought. However, looking in the mirror would be damned difficult if I didn’t go to San Francisco’s Dolores Park November 7th, 2008.

Nomads: Whose Budget? OUR BUDGET! Part 2

By Thornton Kimes/PNN
Thursday, March 26, 2009;

Part 1: Moi?

I started seriously wanting to conquer my 3-to-5-year cycle of employment-to-crash-landing-and-start-over-from-scratch (from the proverbial grassy roots, the streets) Summer 2008, after the end of the Goodwill job mentioned in “Who’s Budget? Our Budget!”


 Thornton Kimes
Thursday, May 13, 2010;

“My only assistance is my broken arm—which the doctor told me not to use,” Michelle Williams said, telling me about a situation that began in April 2010. Her left arm disrupted her ability to participate in POOR Magazine activities--and her life, which was already affected by her other arm’s disability and a chronic back problem making walking even a city block difficult.

Mama Dee Is Mad, Part 2

Bruce Allison and Thornton Kimes
Thursday, October 29, 2009;

Sitting many hours, listening to the Planning Commission, is not an easy thing to do. Bruce did it for approximately 12 hours October 15th, 2009, I lasted less than 3. The CPMC hospital proposal for the Van Ness corridor, finally came up at 8p.m. after 4 hours spent on a project threatening Open Space on De Haro Street.

You can always tell when the Sutter Corporation people are around by the red folders and their unrelenting ability to be “on-message”.

MUNI PARATRANSIT SCANDAL: MUNI dismantles Taxi subsidy program for disabled folks

Thornton Kimes/PNN
Monday, December 21, 2009;

San Francisco's MUNI bus service, like other urban transit systems, offers Paratransit vehicle service (access to taxi's and vans), to variously disabled riders who can't use regular buses. Transit systems use a discounted scrip system (the scrip is bought to pay for rides) giving certified customers access won through years of court battles and the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

District 9 Is Everywhere

Thornton Kimes
Thursday, October 29, 2009;

“It’s about the gentrification of all aliens Humans and abroad They look different to us but I bet we looking odd About how humanity can just put you in a place Even where there is no space And even out of there They still got chased…”
--District 9 Notes by Ruyata McGlothin

Curiosity Didn’t Kill This Cat: Remembering Studs Terkel (1912-2008

Thornton X/PNN Poverty Scholar in residence
Sunday, November 9, 2008;

I want to write like Studs Terkel did for over 40 years. He more-or-less practiced Poor Magazine’s "I"-focused journalism, and knew how to get out of the way and let the experience of the people he interviewed speak to readers of books like: Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day And How They Feel About What They Do, and Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession.

Amerikkka to Haiti: Take What We Offer!

Thornton Kimes/PNN
Friday, January 15, 2010;

I recently saw a PBS Newshour segment broadcast before the January 2010 earthquake. The PBS Newshour speaks to so many conservative and ultra-conservative “experts” these days I wonder what and why they are so scared of alternate, “left” experts and our/their facts and opinions.


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