Holiday shopping, anti-gentrification style

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Anti-gentrification isn't just a hot-button issue in San Francisco. It's core-of-the-sun hot.

And that's why Prensa POBRE/POOR Magazine, a magazine dedicated to giving marginalized populations a voice, is hosting the "Anti-Gentrification Arts Market in the Gentrified Mission District of San Francisco" on Saturday (12/7).

The event, taking place at POOR Magazine (2940 16th Street in San Francisco) from 4-7pm, is prominently featuring a lineup of artists that have been directly affected by the rapid gentrification of San Francisco.

The idea is to support folks who have been hard hit by evictions, displacement and gross speculation that has been plaguing Mission District, said Lisa "Tiny" Gray-Garcia, of the PoorNews Network.

"There has been a war on poor black and brown folks, and for us to even be here as artists and as poor folk is an act of resistance in itself," said Tiny. "All of us artists are poor mommy's and daddy's and young people and it takes a lot to get us off the hustle even for a day to be here."

The event will begin with a prayer said by Ohlone First Nations People of the Bay, then transition into a combination of live performances and a gallery-style art exhibition.

The featured art will be for sale, and in addition to the diverse collection of artwork, there will be performances by Fly Benzo, a local rapper/mentor, and a play put on by the Youth Skolaz Revolutionary Puppet Theatre.

There will also be food, which promises to be both diverse in origin and healthy in content. It will be available on a sliding scale, which, according to Tiny, essentially means, 'Pay what you can.' "If you can afford to pay for it, then sure," said Tiny. "But if you can't, then don't worry."

But the featured event-within-the-event will undoubtedly be a lengthy reading from Born N' Raised in Frisco, a book compiled and workshopped in part by Tiny and Tony Robles. The book, chronicling the lives of native San Franciscans, tells the stories that, according to Tiny, are always talked about, but rarely are they told from the actual perspective of those who lived it.

"It's a power thing for us poor people, many of us who have been gentri-fucked out of our own communities, to be able to share our voices, our artwork and our stories," said Tiny.

"It'll be a really good time, with some really good food and really great art."

Comments

"The idea is to support folks who have been hard hit by evictions, displacement and gross speculation that has been plaguing Mission District..."

And people have been gentri-fucked out of their own communities because of?:

Answer:

The Hallowed, Sacrosanct, Sanctimonious, Parasitic and Predatory Tech Industrial Complex (a.k.a. TIC) and their bourgeois elite parasitic corporatist conservative politicians who give the TIC corporate welfare, and who don't give a fuck about the average person who lives here despite empty, sweet words to the contrary. And the Tech Industrial Complex contributes little or nothing to the city.

Muchísimas gracias for the article.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 06, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

there, but damned if I can think what it is.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 07, 2013 @ 9:28 am

Well thanks for the compliment. I strive to be thorough.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 07, 2013 @ 6:29 pm

I did leave out something. It should read:

"The Hallowed, Sacrosanct, Sanctimonious, Parasitic and Predatory Tech SURVEILLANCE-STATE Industrial Complex (a.k.a. T-SS-IC)..."

Posted by Guest on Dec. 07, 2013 @ 6:53 pm

B.U.F.F.O.O.N.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 07, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

Butt ugly fool full of old news?

Posted by Clyde Townsend on Dec. 08, 2013 @ 8:10 am

Love Lisa "Tiny" Gray-Garcia's energy!

Is she still drivin' round in a spanky new SUV?

Posted by Guest on Dec. 06, 2013 @ 11:21 pm

She never had a spanky new SUV. What rock did you crawl out of? Maybe you ought to shut your mouth and give your ass a chance

Posted by Guest on Dec. 08, 2013 @ 9:22 am

Yes, I have seen Tiny driving round in a nice SUV, son in tow.

Nothing wrong with driving a nice SUV.

And I do love her energy!

Posted by Guest on Dec. 08, 2013 @ 8:38 pm

Yes, I have seen Tiny driving round in a nice SUV, son in tow.

Nothing wrong with driving a nice SUV.

And I do love her energy!

Posted by Guest on Dec. 08, 2013 @ 8:38 pm

typical comment from a gentrifier in SF who probably has a trust fund and a mercedes. There's a name for this: trust fund mercedes driving asshole. Crawl back to whatever midwest hole you came from.

Posted by Joe on Dec. 08, 2013 @ 9:27 am

We will not rest until every poor person in San Francisco has their very own brand-new, locally-sourced, fair-traded, organically-grown, SUV!

Si se peude!

Posted by racer さ on Dec. 08, 2013 @ 10:26 am

Ugh this sounds miserable. I can smell the self righteous leftist indignation and the smug pride as some shiftless takers reinforce their status as alpha victim.

I hope they take ebt cards.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 07, 2013 @ 10:44 pm

Well said. I'm sure the 'event' was high on the list of aging, white guilt-wracked, boring hippies all over town. Yawn.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 07, 2013 @ 11:27 pm
Posted by Guest on Dec. 08, 2013 @ 10:07 am

Wow this and the previous comment have taken away the last shreds of hope I had for humanity. Thanks guys.

No really. I'm gonna go nurse my white guilt some more.

Because I should never question my privilege as a gainfully employed white male in San Francisco's tech industry. Nope, not ever gonna question that. Just gonna avert my eyes from the mounting numbers of poor people and eschew human dignity and any sense of conscience so I can continue to enjoy the endless pleasures stacked up around me.

The GOOD and DECENT thing to do is ignore my conscience, right? That's just a bunch hippie bullshit anyway.

Posted by EntitledTechWorker on Dec. 09, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

"There will also be food, which promises to be both diverse in origin and healthy in content. It will be available on a sliding scale..."

Wow, a sentence dripping in that much leftist group think sends a tingle up Chris Matthews' leg. However the real question is whether Happy Meal McMar will allow these Saloth Sar wannabes to give away a toy with that tasteless bowl of lentils and parsnips.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 07, 2013 @ 10:53 pm

Doesn't that get the taste juices going?

Posted by Guest on Dec. 08, 2013 @ 10:06 am

"It's a power thing for us poor people, many of us who have been gentri-fucked out of our own communities..."

It's 38 degrees in San Francisco at the moment. I can't imagine what the homeless are going through. When I was out last night, there were plenty of homeless without shelter or blankets. But at least the bankers have QE ("Quantative Easing.") and tech is getting corporate welfare.

Posted by GuestInTheCastro on Dec. 09, 2013 @ 3:18 am

to stay outdoors because the shelters won't let them have booze and drugs.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 09, 2013 @ 7:15 am

Yeah, it's a damn shame San Francisco doesn't spend any money on the homeless.

Posted by racer さ on Dec. 09, 2013 @ 8:32 am

I bought some god-awful art on a sliding scale, then burned it on the sidewalk. Steven Jones came running up with an eager look on his face and then trudged back to the Fried Quinoa Ball stand once he realized it wasn't Burning Man.

Posted by Chromefields on Dec. 09, 2013 @ 11:41 am
Posted by Guest on Dec. 09, 2013 @ 11:56 am

Campaigning about art of homeless can help drive some food for them.

Posted by nacyshirley on Dec. 10, 2013 @ 1:34 am

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