Art in Activism, Activism in Art

An Interview with Leslie Dreyer

“All good art is political! There is none that isn’t. And the ones that try hard not to be political are political by saying, ‘We love the status quo,’” – Toni Morrison (1931-2019), Rest in Power.

         The world of artistic activism embraces the political nature of art, leveraging art to inspire thoughtful conversations, shape culture and drive new policy. Leslie Dreyer — an artist,

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Rebuttal to the Chronicle: Visibility for Homeless Families

by Tracey Mixon

The San Francisco Chronicle recently published a list of Frequently Asked Questions about homeless families in San Francisco. This was the question. “How many families are homeless, and what’s being done to help them?”

The Chronicle’s reply? “The 2019 one-night homeless count found 201 families (612 people), a count similar to the 2017 one-night count of 190 families (601 persons). That means 8% of the total counted homeless population is made up of families.

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Tent Taking Ticket Writers

by Darnell Boyd

Why are the police writing tickets and taking tents when there aren’t enough shelter beds and apartments to put people in? The tent takers are exposing the homeless folks to the elements. We all know what happens when unhoused people are exposed to cold air, cold rain, and a hot sun: they get sick and have to go to the emergency room. Those who are elderly will not survive that long out there,

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Caring

By Lisa Aragon

Sometimes you don’t know what to do

If you look, there will be help, that is true

Things you need are long overdue

Life does not always give us the best view

Homelessness will never be new

People that get over it are very few

Everyone is locked in some kind of zoo

Whenever you pray,

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Look Around

by Jennifer Friedenbach

Look around

Open eyes look back

Back back back to slavery time

Black bodies bent

Stolen bodies working stolen land

Brown First Nation bodies strewn

Stolen lives losing Stolen futures

Look around

Open eyes look forward

Forward forward forward to Reagan Trump times

Black bodies lying askew

Stolen belongings sleeping without on stolen ground

Brown bodies kidnapped and detained

Stolen futures killing stolen dreams

Look around

Open eyes see resistance

Resist resist resist to a new time

Black bodies reclaim their homes

Brown bodies reclaim their dreams

Black and brown and white unite

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