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Race, Poverty, Disability, Youth, Migrant and Indigenous Scholars in Residence:

Director: Tiny (aka Lisa Gray–Garcia)

Tiny (aka Lisa Gray–Garcia) is a poverty scholar, revolutionary journalist, PO' Poet, spoken word artist, welfareQUEEN, lecturer, mixed race mama of Tiburcio and daughter of Dee and the co–founder and executive director of POOR Magazine/PoorNewsNetwork. POOR is a grassroots, non–profit, arts organization dedicated to providing extreme access to media, education and arts for youth, adults and elders struggling with poverty, racism, disability and border fascism locally and globally. Tiny is a teacher, multi–media producer, and author of Criminal of Poverty: Growing Up Homeless in America, published by City Lights.

She has innovated several revolutionary media, arts and education programs for youth, adults and elders including the first welfare to work journalism program in the US for poor mothers transitioning off of welfare, PoorNewsNetwork — an on–line magazine and monthly radio show on KPFA, and several cultural projects such as the Po' Poets Project, Youth in Media, welfareQUEENs, and many more.

She is also a prolific writer who has authored over a hundred articles on issues ranging from poor women and families, interdependence, and the cult of individualism to gentrification, homelessness, police brutality, incarceration, art and global and local poverty.

Currently, she also works as a Communications Director for Justice Matters. For more information see www.tinygraygarcia.com.

Race, Poverty, Disability, Youth, Migrant and Indigenous Scholars in Residence:

Tony Robles

Tony Robles is a Race and Poverty Scholar in Residence at POOR Magazine.

A San Francisco native, Tony is a poet and children’s book author, who has published works in over 30 publications as well as authored three children’s books. He has also conducted numerous creative writing workshops in SROs throughout San Francisco and works as an advocate for the Community Housing Partnership.

A PO’ Poet and digital resistor, Tony is a working class scholar, community organizer and co-editor of POOR Magazine/POORNewsNetwork. More information go to www.tony–robles.com

Vivian Hain

Vivian Hain is a Race and Poverty Scholar in Residence at POOR Magazine. She is a formerly homeless mother who collaboratively wrote My Life x 4(a POOR press publication) sharing her daughter’s story about growing up homeless in America.

WelfareQUEEN, digital resistor, poverty and race scholar and mother of three, Vivian is a graphic designer, media producer for PNN and a social justice advocate in the Bay Area. She has also done extensive organizing around welfare reform and issues affecting poor women and families.

Laure McElroy

Laure McElroy is a Race, Poverty and Disability Scholar in Residence at POOR Magazine and a welfareQUEEN, digital resistor, POOR press author, PNN columnist and a race, poverty and disability scholar.

A formerly homeless mother living with a disability, Laure is a writer, poet and co–teacher in POOR's Race, Poverty and Media Justice Institute as well as a POOR board member.

She recently published System Bitch, a POOR press publication, exploring systems in modern society.


Jewnbug is a Race, Poverty and Disability Scholar in Residence and a spoken word artist of mixed heritage and a hip-hop mommie for life struggling with poverty.

A Po’ Poet, welfareQUEEN, POOR Press author and early childhood educator, she started writing at age nine and has been bustin on the mic since 1997 from Frisko to Canada to Cuba.

She is the author of Selected Wordz(Revised Copy #2) and is the founder and executive director of A.R.T. (Artistikal Revolutionary Teaching), a program that facilitates the learning of academics through various creative expressions and explorations. She is also the co–founder of F.A.M.I.L.Y. Project, which promotes multigenerational learning to the children of families struggling with poverty at POOR Magazine.

Byron Gafford

Byron Gafford is a Race and Poverty Scholar in residence at POOR Magazine.

A child abuse survivor, Byron has taken his own painful experiences of struggle and survival and shared them through poetry, lecture and workshops to educate the public about the numerous problems with foster care and Child Protective Services(C.P.S.).

He is a mentor to many children in the Bay Area and has spoken at many high schools, colleges and events on child abuse, poetry and survival.

Marlon Crump 

Marlon Crump is a Race and Poverty Scholar in Residence at POOR Magazine. He is also a digital resistor, writer, poet and journalist for POOR Magazine.

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Marlon came to San Francisco fighting poverty and systematic oppression.

He is a survivor of police brutality and racial profiling. He is also a revolutionary legal advocate for people struggling with C.P.S. and police brutality.

Brother Y

Brother Y is a Race, Poverty and Disability Scholar in Residence at POOR Magazine and a frontline resistance fighter in the war on drugs, both as an advocate for medical cannabis, and for an individual’s freedom to choose.

A formerly homeless veteran and race and poverty advocate, Brother Y enjoys writing and cooking in his free time and believes in the power of natural and spiritual (supernatural) healing.


RAM is a Race and Poverty Scholar at POOR Magazine and a digital resistor, PO’ Poet and POOR Press author.

A San Francisco native, he is a survivor of police brutality, poverty, oppression and racial profiling. A superbabydaddy to two daughters, Ruyata is also a community organizer and advocate.

Bruce Allison

Bruce Allison is a Poverty and Disability Scholar in Residence at POOR Magazine.

He lectures and workshops on hidden disabilities, mainly dyslexia.

A San Francisco native, Bruce is former vet against his will and a published POOR Press author. He is also a columnist for PNN covering issues of politics, elder and disabled abuse and homelessness.

Leroy Moore

Leroy Franklin Moore Jr. is a Race, Poverty and Disability Scholar in Residence at POOR Magazine and an African American writer, poet, community activist and feminist.

Leroy was born with Cerebral Palsy in Buffalo, New York in 1967 and has been sharing his perspective on identity, race and disability for the last thirteen years.

He is a consultant on Race and Disability and a columnist for POOR Magazine. He has studied, worked and lectured in the field of race and disability in the United States, United Kingdom, Holland, Canada and South Africa.

Leroy currently lectures for Speak Out, a national speakers bureau. His readings, lectures and workshops are a mixture of personal, historical, political and cultural experiences and the raw reality of being Black and disabled in the U.S. Leroy is one of the leading voices in the field of crimes, police brutality and wrongful incarceration of people with disabilities, and racism in the disabled community.

He has also produced a hip–hop mixtape (Krip–Hop Volume 1 & 2) featuring disabled hip–hop artists from around the world. For more information go to www.leroymoore.com and www.kriphop.com.

Jasmine Hain

Jasmine Hain, 14, is a writer, poet and daughter of poverty scholar Vivien Hain and Youth Scholar in residence at the Race, Poverty and Media Justice Institute at POOR Magazine as well as a Youth Elder at the F.A.M.I.L.Y Skool (Family Access to Multi-cultural Intergenerational Learning with our Youth) at POOR Magazine which is a revolutionary teaching and learning project for children and families struggling with poverty which incorporates a social justice and arts , multi-cultural and multi-lingual curriculum for families, children and elders learning together to come out of poverty and resist racist, classist education models locally and globally.

As well, Jasmine is the author of My Life x Four published by POOR Press, a book of art, poetry and resistance about Jasmine, her two sisters and her mama’s experience with houselessness in Oakland.

Jasmine has lived in the Bay Area her entire life, having experienced several years of homelessness and adversity, which has led her on a path to self–empowerment through advocacy, becoming a voice of consciousness and empowerment for youth in poverty today.

Jasmine, an honor student at Oakland School for the Arts is currently a Visual Arts major but, continues to advocate and speak at legislative hearings both locally and nationally on social justice issues that impact families in poverty like her own.

When Jasmine graduates from high school, she plans to attend UC Berkeley to major in public law and policy for social justice, both nationally and globally and wishes to travel the world with her Mother someday.

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams is a Race, Poverty and Disability Scholar in Residence at POOR Magazine.

A recent graduate of POOR Magazine’s Race, Poverty and Media Justice Institute, Michelle is a race and poverty scholar who lectures and conducts workshops on the history and continuation of racism in America, especially in regards to the education system.

A mother of two, Michelle is also a PNN columnist and advocate for mothers and students.

Theodora Mays

Theodora Mays is a Race and Poverty Scholar in residence at POOR Magazine.

Theodora is a PNN columnist and community advocate and writes articles and holds workshops on issues of family, poverty and racism.


Queennandi is a Race and Poverty Scholar in Residence at POOR Magazine.

She is a 33 year old misplaced Queen, survivor of the streets, recently orphaned, revolutionary rap villain, mother–lover–souljah who began writing at the age of five to cope with the neutralization of Black Liberation.

Even at a young age, Queennandi was wise enough to realize the spiritual struggle and that it started with her. Regardless of being knocked down numerous times, Queenanndi has marched on to become an author, actress and motivational speaker–mother of the people. She is also a PO’ Poet, POOR Press author and PoorNewsNetwork columnist.

Mariposa "Mari" Villaluna

Mari is a Race, Poverty and Indigenous Scholar in Residence at POOR Magazine.

She is currently on The Longest Walk 2008 celebrating and resisting with indigenous peoples locally and globally.

Mari just finished working as the Legal and Policy Associate for the D.C. Employment Justice Center. Mari is interested in advocating and organizing for Indigenous Rights, workplace justice, violence against women, and youth issues. She has been volunteering since kindergarten, and organizing and working in coalitions since she was a teenager.

As a spoken word artist, superstar activist and dedicated community organizer, Mari's interests revolve around community organizing for social justice and equity in underrepresented communities. She has contributed her high energy and strong knowledge of the local political scene to the San Francisco Youth Commission and POOR Magazine's Indigenous Peoples Media Project.

She began working with POOR Magazine as a Youth in the Media Intern and has been there for 8 years. She served on the San Francisco Youth Commission for three years. During that time, Mari wrote different pieces of legislation, lobbied, and advocated on issues affecting youth. She was also chosen to be a diplomat to Taiwan representing San Francisco, and to advise their government on how to involve youth in volunteerism and local governments. She graduated from Mills College, where she studied Government and Ethnic Studies.

While in college, she helped to start Barkada, a multi–ethnic Filipino student group. As a Mestiza woman from the Tagalog and Iroquois Nation, she enjoys performing spoken word pieces to continue the oral story–telling tradition that has been passed down from her elders and ancestors.

Silencio Muteado

Indigenous Purepecha/Raza artist, writer, media producer, teacher and poet from Michoacan, Mexico. Co–teacher of the Poetas POBRES/Po Poets Project at Prensa POBRE (POOR Magazine), In/migrant & Indigenous and revolutionary artist & scholar in residence at the Race, Poverty Media Justice Institute and staff writer for Voces de inmigrantes en resistencia and community Activist. Actor and writer with People of Color Action Theatre (POCAT) "We did not cross the border, the border crossed us" Raised in the East Side of Oakland by his single mother, born in Michoacan made in Oakland in a beautiful community of Black and Brown folks, land of the Homicides and Sideshows. "My pen is my gun, my words are my bullets", Done work with Color Ink, Theater of the Oppress, Oakland Unified School District, Unity Concepts, La Carpa del Feo....

Leadership, Media and Arts Education for children, youth, families and individuals struggling with poverty (POVERTY SCHOLARS)