“From the depths of growing poverty in the US, arises the richness of ideas, poetry, song, dance, and ‘skolaship’—the richness of spirit, resistance, and regeneration. This book is a compendium of street knowledge and stories only those who have lived it can tell. It’s about new imaginings: No more poverty. No more displaced. No more colonized. No more voiceless. Read this book—it’ll change your life, it’ll change the world.”—Luis J. Rodriguez, author of Always Running, La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. and It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing
The notion of poverty scholarship was born in the calles, prisons, street corners, community centers, welfare offices, shelters, kitchen tables, assembly lines, tenements, favelas, projects, and ghettos—all the places people don’t look for educators, experts, leaders, researchers, lecturers, linguists, artists, creative thinkers, writers, and media producers. Poverty skolaz are everywhere. Your mama, your cousin, your elders, your corner-store owner, and your neighborhood recycler may be poverty skolaz. With this book, Tiny aka Lisa Gray-Garcia and other poverty skolaz from the grassroots, poor and indigenous people-led movement and very grassroots non-profit organization, POOR Magazine insert Poverty Scholarship into its proper place so that this crucial lived knowledge can be recognized and understood. points to solutions based on poverty skolaz' vast experiential knowledge of what works and what can work. This is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand, and end, poverty and all forms of anti-poor people criminalization, violence and exploitation.