"Stop Sweeping Us, We Are Not Trash: Teaching about Homelessness, Gentrification and Disability"

Text reads "Race, Disability, Poverty and Homelessness in Children's Books" above three images: left- Leroy, a black man, stands in front of a screen showing a blurry image and text; middle- a black and white photo of Leroy and "Tiny," a light-skinned woman wearing a hat, in front of a yellow background; right- image of a book cover, titled "The Hard Worker (Trabajador Fuerte)"
Event Date: Thursday, November 01, 2018
Location: The Poetry Center, 512 Humanities Bldg., San Francisco State University - 1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco, CA 94132

In this workshop, “Poverty Scholars” Leroy Moore & Lisa “Tiny” Gray-Garcia of Poor Magazine present their revolutionary children's books, poetry and prose. They’ll share teaching strategies for how to educate children, youth and adults about poverty, homelessness, racism, ableism, and displacement from the perspective of those most impacted.



  • Tiny (aka Lisa Gray-Garcia) is a formerly unhoused, incarcerated poverty scholar, revolutionary journalist, lecturer, poet, visionary, teacher and single mama of Tiburcio, daughter of a houseless, disabled mama Dee, and the co–founder of POOR Magazine/Prensa POBRE/ She is the author of Criminal of Poverty: Growing Up Homeless in America published by City Lights, The Hardworker/El Trabajador on POOR Press and the soon to be released: Poverty Scholarship - Poor People-led Theory, Art, Words and Tears Across Mama Earth-With her Mama Dee & fellow poverty skolaz- she co-founded PeopleSkool, Homefulness - a homeless peoples solution to Homelessness and Deecolonize Academy
  • Leroy F. Moore Jr., Founder of the Krip-Hop Nation.  Since the 1990s, has written the column "Illin-N-Chillin" for POOR Magazine. Moore is one of the founding member of National Black Disability and activist around police brutality against people with disabilities.  His cultural work includes the film documentary, "Where Is Hope, Police Brutality Against People with Disabilities,” along with spoken-word CDs, poetry books and the children’s book, Black Disabled Art History 101 published by Xochitl Justice Press. His upcoming book is entitled  Krip-Hop Komic, Graphic Novel Vol.1: Brown Disabled Young Woman Super Shereo Brings Disability Justice to Hip- Hop Feb 2019 on PoorPress.
Please refrain from wearing scented products, so that people with chemical sensitivities can join us. For ASL or open captioning, please contact Emily Beitiks by October 22nd at (415) 405-3528 or pklinst@sfsu.edu.
The Poetry Center
Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability 
Africana Studies
Women and Gender Studies
Liberal and Creative Arts
College of Ethnic Studies 50th Anniversary
E-mail: pklinst@sfsu.edu