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  • David Bacon
    There is No One Face of Hunger Photographs by David Bacon Addison Street Windows 2018 Addison Street in Berkeley, CA, between Shattuck and Milvia November 1 -
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 29, 2012
      There is No One Face of Hunger
      Photographs by David Bacon

      Addison Street Windows
      2018 Addison Street in Berkeley, CA, between Shattuck and Milvia

      November 1 - December 15
      This gallery is in windows on the sidewalk, so the photographs can be
      seen 24 hours a day

      Hunger is faced by people in every neighborhood in our community,
      every day -- young and old, working and unemployed. Today 16% of
      Californians struggle with how they'll afford their next meal.
      Meanwhile Congress debates and passes bills that make massive cuts in
      nutrition programs.

      These photographs document a social fact that many would rather not
      see -- that people in this richest of all countries go hungry. But
      these photographs also document what we as a community can do to care
      for each other and ensure that everyone can eat, while we struggle
      for a society and world in which no one will go hungry.

      This show is a cooperative project between documentary photographer
      David Bacon and the Alameda County Community Food Bank and shown with
      the support of the Civic Arts Program of the City of Berkeley, Greg
      Morozumi, curator.

      Cornerstone Baptist Church, Oakland
      Families line up on the sidewalk outside a storefront where church
      members bag food, and then distribute the bags.

      Davis Street Family Resource Center, San Leandro
      As she reaches out her hand to that of an older man who volunteers
      every week bagging food, a woman shows that often getting food means
      more than just not going hungry. Across lines of race and age,
      providing and receiving food shows we care for each other.

      Mary Katherine, Oakland
      Mary Katherine lives with her son in a single room occupancy hotel in
      downtown Oakland. The room where she lives has no kitchen or
      refrigerator to store food, and often has to choose between buying
      food and buying medicine. She depends for meals on St. Mary's Center.

      Project Help, Oakland
      In this East Oakland neighborhood, the line for food stretches around
      the edge of the parking lot of a laundromat, and on down the block.

      Good Samaritan, Oakland
      Chinese women and children come from this neighborhood of East
      Oakland where people need food. More than 60% of the people getting
      food from local food distributions in the county are children and

      Hope for the Heart, Hayward
      While their parents line up for food, the children from immigrant
      Mexican families watch a volunteer in a clown costume try to
      entertain them.

      Davis Street Family Resource Center, San Leandro
      Beverly Cherkoff in front of the van where she lives. She makes
      meals in her van from the food she gets in the distribution, and
      serves it to other hungry people in the area where she parks it.

      Columbian Gardens, Oakland
      Mexican immigrants in Oakland and the East Bay make up a big
      percentage of families who don't have enough food. Many single
      mothers especially work fulltime and earn so little that they need
      food programs.

      Nnekia, Oakland
      Nnekia was an on-call worker for several years at the NUMMI auto
      assembly plant in Fremont. When it closed, even though she was
      working another job as well, she had to move in with her mother.
      Both depend on the Cornerstone Baptist Church food distribution.

      Hope for the Heart, Hayward
      So many people need food in this working class neighborhood that they
      line up the night before the food distribution and sleep on the
      sidewalk. A young woman wakes up after spending the night in line.


      Some 16% of all families are food insecure -- they don't have the
      money to buy enough food at some point duirng the year. That amounts
      to 49 million people, including over 16 million children, almost a
      quarter of all the children in the United States.

      About a third of those families simply didn't get enough food to eat
      - these families went hungry. That includes 12 million adults, and 5
      million kids.

      Hunger isn't really spread evenly, as is obvious when you think about
      it. More in Oakland. Less in Lafayette. Over a quarter of all
      Black and Latino households are food insecure - compared to 16% in
      general. And over 13% of all familes made up of single moms and
      their children are not just food insecure, but outright hungry.

      Some 42.2% of food insecure households hav incomes below the official
      poverty line-$21,834 for a family of four. So over half of all
      hungry families actually have incomes OVER the poverty line. Millions
      of families not officially "in poverty" still don't have enough money
      to buy the food they need.

      Breadwinners in hundreds of thousands of California families have
      lost their jobs. Families that formerly had no trouble feeding
      themselves, and even went out to eat in restaurants, can't put enough
      food on the table at home at some point to keep everyone from getting
      up hungry.

      So people go to food banks, food pantries and soup kitchens to try to
      make up for what they can no longer buy. Across the country, almost
      five million people went to food pantries last year. About 625,000
      ate in soup kitchens.

      Alameda County, with a population of 1.5 million, has probably a
      quarter of a million food insecure people. Contra Costa 160,000.
      Oakland 64,000. Berkeley and Richmond 16,000 each. Hayward over
      22,000 and Alameda over 11,000. There are over 20,000 hungry
      children in Oakland alone. Do the math for your own neighborhood or

      These are the numbers. The real question is, in your neighborhood?
      On your street? In the house down your block, or next door? Or
      could we be talking about you?

      Coming in 2013 from Beacon Press:
      The Right to Stay Home: Ending Forced Migration and the
      Criminalization of Immigrants

      See also Illegal People -- How Globalization Creates Migration and
      Criminalizes Immigrants (Beacon Press, 2008)
      Recipient: C.L.R. James Award, best book of 2007-2008

      See also the photodocumentary on indigenous migration to the US
      Communities Without Borders (Cornell University/ILR Press, 2006)

      See also The Children of NAFTA, Labor Wars on the U.S./Mexico Border
      (University of California, 2004)

      Entrevista de David Bacon con activistas de #yosoy132 en UNAM
      Interview of David Bacon by activists of #yosoy132 at UNAM (in Spanish)

      Two lectures on the political economy of migration by David Bacon

      For more articles and images, see http://dbacon.igc.org

      David Bacon, Photographs and Stories


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