Hobos to Street People book tour
We've had some great events surrounding the book Hobos to Street People. At Time Tested Books, in Sacramento, the evening was led off by a member of Safeground Sacramento who talked about their efforts to create basic housing for homeless people, pointing out that during the Depression Sacramento allowed Hoovervilles of homeless encampements whereas today the new Hoovervilles (Hoovervilles 2.0?) are being shut down by police sweeps. A young homeless couple talked about their day to day experiences. The audience, which included many local activists, kept a lively discussion going throughout the presentation.
At Chico State University my presentation was introduced by Michael Coyle of the Department of Political Science, and director of the Peace Institute their. The event was sponsored by several on campus groups including the Turner Print Museum. The event was a benefit for the Jesus Center, a shelter in Chico.
This last week we had moving evening of speakers and a wide ranging discussion about Art as Organizing in San Francisco at the new Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics. I led off with a talk about the historical context of homelessness and artistic and social responses to it. I was followed by an energetic and moving multimedia extravaganza by Machiko Saito and youth from Roaddawgz Homeless Youth Creative Drop-in Center, Francisco Dominguez led off a presentation of his photographs of political struggle with photos he had just taken at the pepper spraying of students at UC Davis. Coalition on Homelessness civil rights organizer,Bob Offer-Westort tied together the use of art in the struggle to oppose San Francisco's law against sitting on city sidewalks. The night was summed up by Paul Boden of Western Regional Advocacy Project. The walls of the center were covered with an exhibition of political art posters, prints, and photographs.