Campfire: Lauren Montana Swiger

Lauren Montana Swiger is an activist, musician, and community member who was evicted from the Mission, along with her teenage daughter. It was an Owner-Move-In eviction, one of three kinds of no-fault evictions displacing San Franciscan families and communities. Montana and her daughter were forced to relocate to Berkeley. It’s pretty there, but they mourn the loss of daily living in a community that they toiled to create with other parents and kids to challenge the stereotypes of oppression replicated through formal education. You can often find Montana drumming with the Brass Liberation Orchestra in protests throughout the Bay Area.

BLO - @ HONK Festival, 2008
BLO – @ HONK Festival, 2008

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