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University of Berkeley Boalt Hall

Ida B. Wells Media Justice Center (US Social Forum)

University of Arizona

University of San Francisco

San Francisco State University

City College of San Francisco

California Institute for Integral Studies

Tenderloin Housing Clinic

Living Wage Coalition

Brava Theater

People of Color Caucus of the Green Party

Roxy Theater

Los Angeles Community Action Network

Senior Action Network

Western Regional Advocacy Project

Coalition on Homelessness

Making Money Making Change Conference

Homeless Action Center


The San Francisco Bayview Newspaper


The Oakland Tribune


Paper Tiger TV

Free Speech TV

Race, Poverty and the Environment



San Francisco Bay Guardian

Media Alliance

Free Press

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Deecolonize Academy

Our Mission

How do you work with, write with, provide service to, fund, legislate, facilitate, educate, and heal youth, adults, elders, children, and families in poverty? The trauma of poverty, racism, disability, violence, and/or immigration on a family system, a community, and a person, has a devastating impact on an individuals', families' and communities' ability to survive, work, be educated and progress.

How does one come up and out of poverty, to not only survive, but thrive, and work on change for themselves and their families?

The Race, Poverty and Media Justice Institute at POOR Magazine has a revolutionary way of addressing the impact of poverty that up–ends the traditional US models of service provision, mental health treatment, media production, education, policy creation and philanthropy. Each training seminar or workshop is led by Poverty Scholars who have survived poverty, homelessness, violence, profiling, immigration, disability, incarceration, police harassment, domestic violence, etc. The seminars are led by poverty scholar and institute director Tiny aka Lisa Gray–Garcia in collaboration with Race, Poverty, Youth, Elder, Migrant and Indigenous Scholars on staff at POOR Magazine.

Professional Development Seminar, Workshops, and Trainings

Programs and Seminars / Registration and Fees

POOR Magazine

POOR magazine is a grassroots, non-profit, arts organization that is dedicated to providing extreme media access, education and art to communities of color struggling with poverty, racism, disability, immigration/migration, and criminalization in the bay area and beyond.

All of POOR's education and advocacy programs are focused on teaching non–colonizing, community–based and community–led media and art with the goals of creating access for silenced voices, preserving and degentrifying rooted communities of color and re-framing the debate on poverty, homelessness, disability and race locally and globally, as well as creating short and long–term social change and racial justice.

To accomplish these goals, POOR offers several revolutionary educational and art programs, as well as, projects in print, online, radio journalism, multi–media skills and book publishing classes.

Leadership, Media and Arts Education for children, youth, families and individuals struggling with poverty