the Demos: politics, Art, and the City Spring 2020
The essay "examines Black residents’ historical struggles over space in Oakland and analyze the contemporary strategies Black mothers in Moms4Housing utilize to forge a Black sense of place against practices of erasure and domination" (Nicole Ubinas, taken from the abstract).
The essay argues that communities "can provide and promote healthier food systems as an avenue for local autonomy/ community engagement while utilizing the corner store as an informational hub for community knowledge." (Chris McComas, taken from paragraph 3).
The photo essay considers a myriad of public art in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and examines the artworks' political messaging related to social inequality, global issues, and the significance of public space.
The project's website displays a map of 32 historical sites in San Francisco relating to women’s history, intentionally centered on women of color, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer women, and women involved in liberation movements.