Criminal of Poverty

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-01-11
  • Publisher: City Lights Foundation

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Eleven-year-old Lisa becomes her mother's primary support when they face the prospect of homelessness. As Dee, a single mother, struggles with the demons of her own childhood of neglect and abuse, Lisa has to quickly assume the roles of an adult in an attempt to keep some stability in their lives. "Dee and Tiny" ultimately become underground celebrities in San Francisco, squatting in storefronts and performing the "art of homelessness." Their story, filled with black humor and incisive analysis, illuminates the roots of poverty, the criminalization of poor families, and their struggle for survival.   Lisa Gray-Garcia is a journalist, poet, and community activist.  

Table of Contents

The end of innocencep. 1
Origin stories : grandmotherp. 9
Origin stories : motherp. 19
Origin stories : mom & dadp. 29
Origin stories : a very young tinyp. 33
On our ownp. 39
The valleyp. 47
Mexicop. 53
Adiosp. 61
Estados Unidosp. 69
Venice beachp. 81
The art of survivalp. 89
1984p. 93
Seven days and seven nightsp. 99
Berkeleyp. 103
The hustlep. 109
The "apartment"p. 115
Pacific Gas & Electricp. 121
Three-day noticep. 127
One court date away from homelessnessp. 129
Incarceration - poverty criminalp. 141
The storefrontp. 153
Art as life as artp. 159
Bleakp. 167
Go directly to jailp. 171
The first interventionp. 177
The second interventionp. 183
A healthy mouth is a wealthy mouthp. 185
The third interventionp. 195
My sisterp. 203
POOR is bornp. 207
One year laterp. 217
Hard realitiesp. 223
POOR practicesp. 227
Hellthcarep. 233
Youth at POORp. 237
Workp. 243
Welfare deformp. 249
POOR takes offp. 253
Media resistancep. 257
Life in the face of deathp. 263
Mommahousep. 271
Dee's last campaignp. 275
Mama Dee's road tripp. 277
A message from my mamap. 281
Familyp. 285
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