offpageproject:

Thank you to everyone who has joined our #30for30bnv campaign so far! Here are the prompts for Days 1-4. 

Today’s prompt - “My city is _____ but not ______” - is inspired by our documentary, “Broken City Poets,” analyzing the impact of economic downfall on the life and times of young writers from Stockton, Calif. Watch the trailer below:

offpageproject:

Day 3 of our 30/30 poetry campaign!
Today’s prompt: How are/aren’t you a product of your environment?
Upload your response as a photo, video, or text using the hashtag‪#‎30for30BNV‬!
This is inspired by Joshua Merchant’s amazing poem/film “Product of His Environment” written and produced for The Bigger Picture campaign.
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offpageproject:

Day 3 of our 30/30 poetry campaign!

Today’s prompt: How are/aren’t you a product of your environment?

Upload your response as a photo, video, or text using the hashtag‪#‎30for30BNV‬!

This is inspired by Joshua Merchant’s amazing poem/film “Product of His Environment” written and produced for The Bigger Picture campaign.

centerforinvestigativereporting:

For Martin Luther King Day, the Off Page Project is analyzing a different kind of violence: What hurts you or your community more than fists?
Whether it’s economic violence, bullying, access to healthy food, voting rights or something else, we want to know what kind of “violence” is affecting your community. To participate, take a photo of your response and tag it with the hashtag #MLKSPOKES.

Join the Off/Page Project's Instagram campaign beginning Monday, January 20th! A big thank you to SPOKES for powering this campaign in person at the 17th annual Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. going down at the Nourse Auditorium in San Francisco. 
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centerforinvestigativereporting:

For Martin Luther King Day, the Off Page Project is analyzing a different kind of violence: What hurts you or your community more than fists?
Whether it’s economic violence, bullying, access to healthy food, voting rights or something else, we want to know what kind of “violence” is affecting your community. To participate, take a photo of your response and tag it with the hashtag #MLKSPOKES.

Join the Off/Page Project's Instagram campaign beginning Monday, January 20th! A big thank you to SPOKES for powering this campaign in person at the 17th annual Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. going down at the Nourse Auditorium in San Francisco. 
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centerforinvestigativereporting:

For Martin Luther King Day, the Off Page Project is analyzing a different kind of violence: What hurts you or your community more than fists?
Whether it’s economic violence, bullying, access to healthy food, voting rights or something else, we want to know what kind of “violence” is affecting your community. To participate, take a photo of your response and tag it with the hashtag #MLKSPOKES.

Join the Off/Page Project's Instagram campaign beginning Monday, January 20th! A big thank you to SPOKES for powering this campaign in person at the 17th annual Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. going down at the Nourse Auditorium in San Francisco. 
ZoomInfo

centerforinvestigativereporting:

For Martin Luther King Day, the Off Page Project is analyzing a different kind of violence: What hurts you or your community more than fists?

Whether it’s economic violence, bullying, access to healthy food, voting rights or something else, we want to know what kind of “violence” is affecting your community. To participate, take a photo of your response and tag it with the hashtag #MLKSPOKES.

Join the Off/Page Project's Instagram campaign beginning Monday, January 20th!

A big thank you to SPOKES for powering this campaign in person at the 17th annual Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. going down at the Nourse Auditorium in San Francisco. 

offpageproject:

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When the Typhoon left the East side of my country with nothing, I was in a conference of Filipino Americans in the middle of Illinois. In the Midwest, a lot of Fil-Am or Asian American folks in general, build Asian American student organizations in college, in order to see faces that look…

It is, alas, the truth that to be an American writer today means mounting an unending attack on all that Americans believe themselves to hold sacred. It means fighting an astute and agile guerrilla warfare with that American complacency which so inadequately masks the American panic.

In this remarkable episode of American Masters, we take a deep look into the life and work of James Baldwin. Let this serve as a powerful reminder of the responsibility that rests upon us as poets and writers. It is indeed our task to tell the truth when no one else is — to blast our light through the unending darkness. We have witnessed our art and resistance be co-opted and commodified. We must fight the temptation to turn our poetry into mere entertainment. We must remember the tradition from which our work emerges. Let us learn from our dear friend, James Baldwin, about how to shake up the world with our voice. There is work to be done and poems to be left in the wreckage for the next generation of lonely artists searching for a sign amidst the ash. 

centerforinvestigativereporting:

Young poets at Brave New Voices give real talk on economic inequalities of gentrification and education in their communities: 

"So basically they’re saying, alright, so you got to go to school, right? You got to make money somehow. And the only way to make money in this economy is to get a college degree, right, ‘cause that’s what we’re taught. So we’re raised up until senior year…and we realize that yo, you’re going to be more in debt from your college loans than from house loans and credit card loans combined…for the rest of your career, basically. 
So then they say, alright, alright, you got that. So here are your two options: You can go to college, be in debt. Or, you might as well go to the military. You’re already in the streets. You’re already fighting. You’re already playing Call of Duty. This is your option, right here. 
So that’s what I think the violence stems from: that the only way to live is to be violent. The only way to survive in this economy for poor folk is to be gritty…to be dirty to steal whatever you need to steal. And that’s the problem.” 
Follow them on Tumblr: Off/Page Project 

What happens when journalists and poets work with each other to address the issues critical to today’s youth? That’s what the Off/Page Project, our new collaboration with The Center for Investigative Reporting, aims to discover. 

Lead by Youth Speaks alumni José Vadi, the Off/Page combines the analytical lens of CIR with the groundbreaking storytelling of Youth Speaks, the Off/Page Project lives at the intersection of youth voice and civic engagement and provides a multimedia platform for young people with the Brave New Voices network to investigate the issues & stories that would otherwise be silenced.

The Off/Page Project launches this August at BNV in Chicago. Keep updated on the project’s launch by following the Off/Page on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Also, check out the Off/Page’s feature article in Poynter here

A look back at yet another powerful & transformative Queeriosity showcase held at San Francisco’s LGBT Center. We are still in awe of the bravery & honesty that we witnessed — every poet left their heart & truth on that stage. It was a reminder of the urgent need for more spaces like this one for us to exchange stories and just be. Thank you to everyone who came & showed their support. Until next year…
Special thanks to our co-hosts: Terisa Siagatonu & Andrew Wilson! As well as our featured performers: SKIM, Joshua Merchant, Yosimar Reyes, Shannon Matesky, Vai Fuatino Alefosio & Spencer Pulu AKA SPULU. 
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A look back at yet another powerful & transformative Queeriosity showcase held at San Francisco’s LGBT Center. We are still in awe of the bravery & honesty that we witnessed — every poet left their heart & truth on that stage. It was a reminder of the urgent need for more spaces like this one for us to exchange stories and just be. Thank you to everyone who came & showed their support. Until next year…
Special thanks to our co-hosts: Terisa Siagatonu & Andrew Wilson! As well as our featured performers: SKIM, Joshua Merchant, Yosimar Reyes, Shannon Matesky, Vai Fuatino Alefosio & Spencer Pulu AKA SPULU. 
ZoomInfo
A look back at yet another powerful & transformative Queeriosity showcase held at San Francisco’s LGBT Center. We are still in awe of the bravery & honesty that we witnessed — every poet left their heart & truth on that stage. It was a reminder of the urgent need for more spaces like this one for us to exchange stories and just be. Thank you to everyone who came & showed their support. Until next year…
Special thanks to our co-hosts: Terisa Siagatonu & Andrew Wilson! As well as our featured performers: SKIM, Joshua Merchant, Yosimar Reyes, Shannon Matesky, Vai Fuatino Alefosio & Spencer Pulu AKA SPULU. 
ZoomInfo
A look back at yet another powerful & transformative Queeriosity showcase held at San Francisco’s LGBT Center. We are still in awe of the bravery & honesty that we witnessed — every poet left their heart & truth on that stage. It was a reminder of the urgent need for more spaces like this one for us to exchange stories and just be. Thank you to everyone who came & showed their support. Until next year…
Special thanks to our co-hosts: Terisa Siagatonu & Andrew Wilson! As well as our featured performers: SKIM, Joshua Merchant, Yosimar Reyes, Shannon Matesky, Vai Fuatino Alefosio & Spencer Pulu AKA SPULU. 
ZoomInfo
A look back at yet another powerful & transformative Queeriosity showcase held at San Francisco’s LGBT Center. We are still in awe of the bravery & honesty that we witnessed — every poet left their heart & truth on that stage. It was a reminder of the urgent need for more spaces like this one for us to exchange stories and just be. Thank you to everyone who came & showed their support. Until next year…
Special thanks to our co-hosts: Terisa Siagatonu & Andrew Wilson! As well as our featured performers: SKIM, Joshua Merchant, Yosimar Reyes, Shannon Matesky, Vai Fuatino Alefosio & Spencer Pulu AKA SPULU. 
ZoomInfo
A look back at yet another powerful & transformative Queeriosity showcase held at San Francisco’s LGBT Center. We are still in awe of the bravery & honesty that we witnessed — every poet left their heart & truth on that stage. It was a reminder of the urgent need for more spaces like this one for us to exchange stories and just be. Thank you to everyone who came & showed their support. Until next year…
Special thanks to our co-hosts: Terisa Siagatonu & Andrew Wilson! As well as our featured performers: SKIM, Joshua Merchant, Yosimar Reyes, Shannon Matesky, Vai Fuatino Alefosio & Spencer Pulu AKA SPULU. 
ZoomInfo
A look back at yet another powerful & transformative Queeriosity showcase held at San Francisco’s LGBT Center. We are still in awe of the bravery & honesty that we witnessed — every poet left their heart & truth on that stage. It was a reminder of the urgent need for more spaces like this one for us to exchange stories and just be. Thank you to everyone who came & showed their support. Until next year…
Special thanks to our co-hosts: Terisa Siagatonu & Andrew Wilson! As well as our featured performers: SKIM, Joshua Merchant, Yosimar Reyes, Shannon Matesky, Vai Fuatino Alefosio & Spencer Pulu AKA SPULU. 
ZoomInfo
A look back at yet another powerful & transformative Queeriosity showcase held at San Francisco’s LGBT Center. We are still in awe of the bravery & honesty that we witnessed — every poet left their heart & truth on that stage. It was a reminder of the urgent need for more spaces like this one for us to exchange stories and just be. Thank you to everyone who came & showed their support. Until next year…
Special thanks to our co-hosts: Terisa Siagatonu & Andrew Wilson! As well as our featured performers: SKIM, Joshua Merchant, Yosimar Reyes, Shannon Matesky, Vai Fuatino Alefosio & Spencer Pulu AKA SPULU. 
ZoomInfo

A look back at yet another powerful & transformative Queeriosity showcase held at San Francisco’s LGBT Center. We are still in awe of the bravery & honesty that we witnessed — every poet left their heart & truth on that stage. It was a reminder of the urgent need for more spaces like this one for us to exchange stories and just be. Thank you to everyone who came & showed their support. Until next year…

Special thanks to our co-hosts: Terisa Siagatonu & Andrew Wilson! As well as our featured performers: SKIM, Joshua Merchant, Yosimar Reyes, Shannon Matesky, Vai Fuatino Alefosio & Spencer Pulu AKA SPULU.