A Night of “Poets in Resistance to Eviction and Displacement”

Diego Deleo our own poet

Diego Deleo our own poet

David Campos at I-Hotel

David Campos at I-Hotel


On April 25th, poet laureates Alejandro Murguia and Jack Hirshman, and many other poets and musicians gave us images and song of displacement.The brick remnants of the original I-Hotel and the photograph of helmeted policemen dragging the last residents from the hotel onto the street, together with the readings of present day Ellis Act evictions, felt like history relived. The large room was packed with people of seemingly all the cultures that have lived in our city since its beginning. One of the first poets was a Native American man of several tribes, one of which was the Ohlone, the original people of San Francisco.
The feeling of “we are in this together”- although many of us entered the room as strangers-we left with a feeling of community and gratitude for the beauty of words and music.

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