Moneyball For Government: Poverty Mining in Philadelphia

We finally got a new computer with enough memory for me to be able to edit the talk I gave at Wooden Shoe Books on May 9, 2019. It’s two hours long and covers quite a bit of ground. We had a couple dozen folks attend in person and many wanted to stay after and continue talking; so I count that a win.

Below is the talk. Click here for the slide share if you want to look at it separately.

For context, the week before this event hundreds of impact investors arrived in Philadelphia to discuss how to best capitalize on (read profit from) our city’s deep poverty. A couple of us affiliated with the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) staged an informational picket outside the Duane Morris Building where the “Total Impact 2019 Conference” was held. We leafleted, let passersby know what was happening inside, and even engaged a number of speakers. They are not willing to see horrific techno-dystopic machine they are building for what it truly is. Below is a video from that action.

A sidewalk display featuring many of the speakers was made with help from comrades with #OccupyPHA (PHA = Philadelphia Housing Authority). PHA is one of the leading gentrifiers in the city, particularly North Philadelphia, where they’ve built a new $45 million headquarters. The week after the event a small civil protest was staged in the street outside the headquarters, and a front end loader was sent to run us over.

The stakes are high, people. The stakes are very high.

#OccupyPHA is still out there as of mid July; 90+ days.

2 thoughts on “Moneyball For Government: Poverty Mining in Philadelphia

  1. redqueeninla – ¿From whence, “Red Queen in LA”? -excerpts from Through The Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll: “For some minutes Alice stood without speaking, looking out in all directions over the country – and a most curious country it was…. ‘I declare it’s marked out just like a large chessboard!’ Alice said at last…. ‘It’s a great huge game of chess that’s being played – all over the world – if this is the world at all, you know. Oh, what fun it is! How I wish I was one of them! I wouldn’t mind being a pawn, if only I might join – though of course I should ‘Like’ to be a Queen, best.’ … Alice never could quite make out, in thinking over afterward, how it was that they began: all she remembers is, that they were running hand in hand, and the Queen went so fast that it was all she could do to keep up with her: and still the Queen kept crying ‘Faster! Faster! but Alice felt she could not go faster, though she had not breath left to say so. The most curious part of the thing was, that the trees and the other things round them never changed their places at all: however fast they went, they never seemed to pass anything. “ see also:
    redqueeninla (Sara Roos) says:


    Wow, that’s a long talk you gave.  Thanks for the slides.

    If you haven’t read it already, you might be interested in this book:

    I’m going to buy Yasha’s book already…  I helped fund the damn thing and I’ll never get around to reading it online.  Doing it now…  🙂


  2. Karen Bracken
    Karen Bracken says:

    you are truly one unbelievably brave and brilliant woman. The good people of Philadelphia are lucky to have you on their side. I am going to sit down tomorrow and listen to your presentation. If this is like the others the 2 hrs. will fly by. Do you ever sleep??

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