Unsettled/ Inquietos: A collaboration with El Tecolote, the bilingual newspaper of the Mission!

Adriana Camarena is proud to collaborate with Accion Latina to create and distribute “Unsettled/Inquietos,” a series of literary non-fiction essays based on portraits of working class and poor residents of the traditionally Latino Mission District of San Francisco. The essays will be published in English and Spanish in the bilingual El Tecolote newspaper of Acción […]

Adriana Camarena responds to YBCA’s “Take This Hammer Exhibit” as part of Ten Bay Area Writers Respond, June 7th, 2016

An essay by Adriana Camarena about affordable housing, police brutality, homelessness, art and activism. The author was commissioned by the YBCA to write a response to the exhibit “Take This Hammer”, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), March 11th to August 16th, 2016 (Guest Curator: Christian L. Frock) and present work at the event: […]

108 Homes

Work-in-progress/ Extract (updated Sept. 8, 2014) 108 Homes For Mary Brown— My friend —M— gave me a list of 108 homes with listed owners who had not changed in the last 35 years. I went knocking on those address doors wanting to know who lived there. I started with names on my list that did […]

With patada!: Exposing the Eviction of Yolanda M. Lopez (2014 collaborative installation)

This post is a documentation of installation work with Yolanda Lopez related to forced eviction. 1. Meeting A Mission Legend 2. The Context of Ellis Act Evictions in La Mission 3. Home/Studio: Eviction Scene Investigation (Lopez & Camarena, 18th Annual Sólo Mujeres, MCCLA, March 12-April 18, 2014) 4. Eviction Garage Sale (Yolanda Lopez & Rio […]

My Mission Blood: Tales From The Block!

My Mission Blood: Tales from the Block! is a collaboration with residents born and bred in the Mission District of San Francisco. Contributors sent an old photo of themselves on Mission streets, with a caption. The photos provide insight into the visual and narrative streetscapes that these residents built block-by-block. With pain, we see their […]

Campfire: Eviction Community Stories

On January, 17, 2014, the “village” gathered around a campfire to hark the horrors of no-fault evictions of lifelong Mission residents and other San Franciscans provoked by rampant real estate speculation in the City.  Fourteen brave storytellers shared their horrific experiences. Below is the resulting documentary film series Campfire: Eviction Community Stories, consisting of a […]

Campfire: Michael “Med-o” Whitson

Michael “Med-O” Whitson has lived 32 years in the Bay Area and 30 of those years in his apartment on 1668 Page Street. He and LisaRuth Elliot were flatmates in the Haight, when their building was sold, and after they initially refused to accept a buy-out settlement, the new owners hired the leading landlord law […]

Campfire: LisaRuth Elliot

LisaRuth is a community historian, artist, bread baker, urban farmer, writer, editor, everyday bicyclist, activist, and San Francisco resident of 18 years.  Her adult, professional, and creative life has been shaped and inspired by the magic of this city and the communities it has supported, as well as by stints living elsewhere for study, work, […]

Campfire: Benito Santiago

Benito Santiago: Lifelong San Franciscan, disabled elder, musician & public school teacher; Duboce Triangle resident. Benito Santiago is a community elder being Ellis Acted out of his long term SF home. Tony Robles wrote about Benito for the San Francisco Bay Guardian: “Benito is a teacher with the San Francisco Unified School District. He is […]