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About


 

 

The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct and immediate abolition of poverty.

— Martin Luther King Jr. (1968)

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About


 

 

The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct and immediate abolition of poverty.

— Martin Luther King Jr. (1968)

Imagine a world where all human lives are valued equally.

ECONOMIC INEQUALITY, HOMELESSNESS, GENTRIFICATION AND DISCRIMINATION ARE THE MAJOR ISSUES OF OUR TIME. NOW IS THE TIME TO QUESTION AND EVOlvE THE WAY WE LIVE.  

75% of Americans live from pay check to paycheck. 1% of the people own 24% of our country's wealth while 14.5% live in poverty. 564,708 people are homeless in the United States. This is untenable and must change! 

We believe that the best place to start is by addressing poverty directly and eliminating homelessness - by implementing both a viable short-term solution as well as working simultaneously towards sustainable, long-term systems.

The following projects each offer a unique approach to solving these problems by focussing on story telling, community engagement and effective altruism.  We're hopeful and working hard to ensure real positive change is in progress.

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Systemic Change


Systemic Change


Creating Systemic Change:      

We believe that our world is out of balance; our current trajectory is not sustainable or equitable. We also believe that great storytelling and the art of film play a critical role in reshaping our society. The Economic Justice Project is the pursuit of stories that encourage solidarity, civic engagement and education to shift society in a positive direction. Below are a few of the projects that range from ethnographic photo journalism, to pilot project, to feature documentary, that are an effort to create solutions that treat existing human rights issues and present long term systems change to shape a better human civilization.

Spurring the Basic Income Movement

I. Be As You Are: Basic Income Feature Documentary

The long term solution to homelessness is to prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place. The notion of Basic Income offers a radical solution to systemic issues of economic injustice, and has been supported by the left and the right. It's been implemented in Finland, where their homeless population is zero, and is being tested by other countries around the world - including right here in the Bay Area!

It's cited by leaders and activists like Martin Luther King Jr. and Bernie Sanders, but Basic Income is an idea that has not yet made it into mainstream culture. The movement has the great potential to restore economic equality and bring about positive societal transformation through equal access to the basic resources all humans need to survive.

In exploring various examples of Basic Income in action, we have pinpointed its greatest impact on real people, and the subsequent ripples of effect in these communities. Our feature length documentary intends to be a story that educates, inspires, and moves people to action.

 


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Community Engagement For Affordable Housing

II. Society's Soul: Documentary Series

“Society's Soul” is a new form of social justice storytelling and community planning. The ultimate goal of this project is to create more just and equal cities. The hope is to innovate the process of urban planning by combining it with the art of documentary filmmaking. This project expresses our deep belief that the path for designing stronger communities is to:

             1. Tell stories that clearly articulate community issues through the art of film, and

2. Cultivate an environment and process that engages the community and gives residents an equal seat at table.

This project seeks to employ the art of documentary filmmaking to help residents in SoMa articulate and amplify existing issues, and create equitable change through a process that encourages and excites the neighborhood to participate in improving their community. The focus of this project will be the 20% of the student body at Bessie Carmichael who is currently homeless.


Homlessness Education, Awareness & Compassion

III. Navigation Center Ethnography

Homelessness is for the most part not very well understood and this is the biggest barrier for helping people in need. Most people have ended up on the streets or remained there for reasons that are beyond their control. We believe they should be treated as equals regardless of their current situation, and we hope to raise awareness and most importantly compassion and empathy for members of our community who need our support!

Through photo documentary storytelling we captured genuine stories directly from those in need. In most cases people don’t understand the circumstances or backstory behind why people become or stay homeless. Our hope is to provide insights that 1. offer ideas that enable a deeper look at what is needed to more effectively get people off the streets, 2. increase the quality of treatment for people currently living on the streets. This project seeks to demystify homelessness.


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Rapid Deployment Village

IV. Saint Francis Village

The 'mean-while' solution understands that people are suffering right now and need help immediately. We're calling this approach Saint Francis Village. The idea is to make use of under utilized land and a village model to provide an immediate safe place to sleep that is coupled with supportive services.

We are developing and piloting sleep and service villages on underutilized land for unhoused residents currently sleeping on the streets of San Francisco. We will provide a minimum of secure sleep, 24/7 access to bathrooms, storage, trash disposal, site coordination, and partnered connection to case management that aids in the transition to permanent housing. The infrastructure will be developing using tiny homes that can be easily relocated to deploy state of the art villages on unoccupied land in the city. It provides a superior solution to the existing street encampments that addresses the needs and dignity of unhoused residents as well as concerns expressed by local businesses and community members.

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Impact


Impact


Making A Better World

 
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It's all about the impact

Our work is a journey to create empathy, build awareness, develop solidarity and tell great stories - but quite honestly this is the preamble. The true work begins when the films end and we believe providing clear courses of action is critical. Through our work we hope to:

Create legislative change with an emphasis on economic equality

Tear down the existing class divide

Develop new economic policies

Support innovative pilot projects to experiment with alternative constructs

 
 
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