Joseph has international experience as a photojournalist and videographer, editor of a community newspaper in San Francisco, Program Director for Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco, and as a Program and Executive Director for the non-profit organization Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center (BHNC). Joseph is based out of San Francisco, CA and has worked in nonprofits in the city and Bay Area since 1993. Joseph has been a Legislative Aide to two of the members of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors and is a professional member of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA).
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The Mission Takes San Francisco City Hall
5 Facts: It’s NOT Because of Supply
#1 San Francisco is the second most densely developed city in the U.S., behind New York.
Exclusive Exposé: The Wild West of Landlord Technology
Special thanks to Anti-Eviction Mapping Project co-founder and postdoctoral researcher at NYU's AI Now Institute, Erin McElroy; UC Berkeley professor, Desiree Fields; and MIT PhD candidate, Won
Achieving Equity In City Planning
COVID-19 Resource & Action Guide, Part 3
Activist and Journalist Shot in the Philippines Returns to San Francisco
Community welcomes Brandon Lee
San Francisco-born Brandon Lee was shot in the Philippines while defending indigenous rights
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Educators Struggle to Stay in the Bay Area
New Report Details Lack of Affordable Housing for Bay Area Educators, and Identifies Compelling Solutions
American Defender of Indigenous People Shot in the Philippines
Journalist and Activist, Brandon Lee fighting for his life
On a day meant to be a worldwide celebration, in San
Rally for Human Rights at the Philippines Consulate in San Francisco
The People's SONA (State of the Nation Address) takes to the streets of downtown San Francisco in solidarity with the annual protest in the Philippines
Priced Out Resource Guide
"Priced Out" Trailer
Priced Out is an engaging animated web series that follows a young couple as they discover why housing is so expensive and what we can all do about it.
Episode 1: "Isn't There an App for That?"
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Meet Curtis, a High School teacher, and Riley, a tech gig worker, in their micro-unit in San Francisco. They've just received a rent increase and need to figure out how to keep their growing family in the City.
Behind the Scenes: Illustrating "Priced Out"
"Priced Out" Lead Illustrator Fred Noland Gives An Inside Look at How It's Done
"Priced Out" Lead Illustrator Fred Noland Gives An Inside Look at How It's Done
How a Rent Freeze Solves the Housing Crisis
Interview with Bob Herman, Architect of Over 4,000 Affordable Housing Units
"The marketplace needs counterbalancing" through a rent freeze says esteemed affordable housing architect
Op-Ed: How Real Rent Control Could Actually Ease Tensions between Tenant Rights Groups & YIMBYs
If there was real rent control, the discussion between housing factions could have a chance to completely change.
SROs Being Converted into Luxury Dorms
Video on Raising Awareness with Senior & Disability Action & SRO Leaders
SRO buildings are being targeted for conversion from low-income housing to luxury dorms. SRO Resident Leaders and Senior & Disability Action are organizing residents to identify when these illegal conversions are happening in their buildings.
Why California Doesn't Have Real Rent Control
Tenant advocates publish report on the "Cost of Costa-Hawkins"
Tenant advocates publish report on impacts of state law limiting rent control throughout California
Measure to End Homelessness Headed for November SF Ballot
Over 28,000 signatures submitted to Department of Elections
Local initiative aiming to end homelessness in San Francisco submits triple the needed signatures to qualify for November election.
92-Year-Old Among Filipinos Facing Eviction in SoMa
Four Families on Natoma Street Served with Ellis Act Evictions
Four Filipino-American families, including a 4-year-old girl and a 92-year-old grandmother, are being evicted from their homes in the South of Market neighborhood in San Francisco.
Free Eviction Defense on SF June Ballot
Grassroots mobilizations for Prop F
Proposition F, a measure on the June 5 ballot, would provide free legal representation to San Francisco tenants. Prop F is supported by grassroots mobilizations throughout the City.
Rent Control Ballot Measure Signatures Submitted
Activists turn in signatures to qualify for a November ballot measure that would repeal the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act, a state law that limits on rent control in California.
Rent Control and Other Housing Regulations
Resources on regulating the housing market to ensure stability and affordability
Resources on government investments and interventions to make housing more affordable.
Op-Ed: SB 827 is a Gentrification Bomb
California Bill will Incentivize Gentrification of Already Vulnerable Neighborhoods
There’s a new bill in California ready to set off the biggest gentrification bomb the state has ever seen-- Senate Bill SB 827. It will cause displacement in already vulnerable communities-- working class neighborhoods and communities of color.
Op-Ed: Transit Decoy for Gentrification
Proposed California Bill SB 827 Will Displace Tenants & Line Developers' Pockets
Newly proposed State bill SB 827 encourages gentrification in low-income communities throughout California and gives value to landowners and developers with no public benefit in return.
Dualing Interviews on SB 827
CA Senator Wiener & People Power Media Co-founder
Host of KPFA Radio's "UpFront", Brian Edwards-Tiekert, interviews People Power Media co-founder Joseph Smooke in Joseph's capacity as Westside Program Director of Housing Rights Committee San Francisco. The interview is about the proposed California State Senate bill SB 827 that would displace existing residents around transportation hubs.
Episode 2: "Can We Build More and Pay Less?"
Curtis and Riley with the help of Riley's AI watch, Olive, meet with condo developer Sumir who tells them how development works.
Episode 3: "Why Does Housing Cost So Much?"
Join Riley and Curtis as they meet with the banker, Ernesto, who lends money for developments. Discover why it's not all about supply and demand because as he says, "That's not how the industry works."
Episode 4: “They Left Their Home in San Francisco”
Continuing on their quest, Curtis and Riley meet their realtor in the Mission District. A mural comes to life and tells the story of how real estate in San Francisco became so valuable.
Episode 5: “WTF SF?”
Curtis and Riley put all the pieces together and they're not sure what to do about finding a place to live. As they walk the streets, they run into a rally outside City Hall.
Episode 6: “The People Lead & The Leaders Follow”
Curtis & Riley, with Olive in tow, join Carmen in confronting the Mayor about the high cost of housing.
Rent Control Showdown in Sacramento
California Assemblymembers consider reversing a major barrier to expanding rent control in cities, such as San Francisco, where rents are rising much faster than most people can pay.
Protest Against Corporate Landlords
Tenants and tenants rights organizations rallied in San Francisco as part of a Statewide day of protests against corporate landlords. With the backdrop of Financial District highrises, the protesters attempted to reach the executive offices of Starwood Waypoint, landlord to tens of thousands of residents across the United States.
No to Trump's Affordable Housing Cuts
Housing advocates demand no budget cuts to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development outside the San Francisco office of CA Senator Kamala Harris. The cuts to HUD proposed by President Trump would result in nearly $1 Billion a year being lost just for the State of California.
San Francisco May Day 2017
People Power Media's images of the march of workers on May Day 2017, the first during President Donald Trump.
Women's March, Ketchum Idaho
Joining protests around the world, a rural town in the Idaho Rockie Mountains march for women's rights two days after the inagauration of President Donald Trump.
Voter Guide 2016
[people. power. media] San Francisco Voter Guide 2016
[people. power. media] San Francisco Voter Guide 2016
"Google Bus" Blockade in San Francisco
Protest Blocks Buses as SF Decides Fate of Tech Shuttles
Activists set up tech shuttle blockade as community appeals use of "google buses" at public bus stops in San Francisco.
Tackling Homelessness in Super Bowl City
Protesters descend on Super Bowl City in San Francisco objecting to removal of homeless people in the lead up to the game. #TackleHomelessness #SB50
Op-Ed: The Displacement Bomb Set to Explode SF
And You’ve Never Even Heard of It: The Density Housing Program
Your rent-controlled home and neighborhood small businesses are standing selfishly in the way of progress according to the proposed Affordable Housing Density Bonus Program.
Domestic Worker Suit Against Tech Power Couple
Domestic worker files a complaint against top Uber Executive and his wife.
Interview with Central Valley Youth on CA Drought
Middle school student from Mendota in western Fresno County breaks down the impacts of the California drought on farm workers in one of People Power Media's best interviewees.
Community Rejects Developer's Benefits Proposal
Plaza 16 Coalition Denies "Monster in the Mission" Proposal
Community members distrust and anger drowns out a developers’ presentation, as they reject the "benefits agreement" for condos in San Francisco's Mission District.
Public Lands for Public Benefit
Benefit the Public, Not Luxury Devlopers, Plus Ways to Get There
A record number of students are homeless. Essential nonprofit organizations are being displaced from the communities they serve.
Don’t Sell Off Public Land For Luxury Housing
5 Reasons Why SF is Delusional Giving Up Public Land for Market Rate Development
The economic reasons why this is a bad idea.
Oakland Residents Resist Public Land For Condos
The City of Oakland has recommended that a large parcel of public land near Lake Merritt be developed as market rate condos. Residents of Eastlake neighborhood speak out against the development, advocating for affordable housing instead.
Community Demands 100 Percent Affordable
Affordable Housing a Priority of Plaza 16 Coalition
Organizer with the Mission SRO Collaborative, Chirag Bhakta, and community members demand 100 percent affordable housing.
Teacher Mic Checks Condo Developer
Community Speaks at "Monster in the Mission" Meeting
Longtime teacher San Francisco Nancy Obregon tells developer through a powerful mic check that she can't afford the condos proposed for her neighborhood, the Mission District.
Eviction Free San Francisco Occupies Paolo Shoe Store
On February 8, 2015, organizations from across San Francisco occupied Paolo shoe store on Fillmore Street owned by Sergio Iantorno's son Paolo.
What's in My Camera Bag!
We get questions all the time about the gear we use.
Op-Ed: Renters Group Wants SF to BARF Up More Housing
Emerging renters group SF BARF threatens to shove Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand down the City’s throat so it’ll keep throwing up luxury condo towers.
Housing Near Transit for the Rich or Poor?
Latino Residents Battle New Condo Development at Transit hub
Housing near transit for the rich or poor? Latino residents battle new condo development at transit hub.
UnThanksgiving Ceremony on Alcatraz
Indigenous Peoples' Annual UnThanksgiving Sunrise Gathering on Alcatraz Island
30th Indigenous Peoples' Annual UnThanksgiving Sunrise Gathering on Alcatraz Island. This year's ceremony commemmorated the 40th year of the IITC and the 1969 to 1971 Indigenous re-settling of Alcatraz Island following the closing of the prison in 1963.
Op-Ed: SF Planning Department's Infomercial
Interview with Fernando Martí
Fernando Martí (CCHO) says San Francisco Planning Department's recently released video glosses over the City's lack of real numbers and strategies for affordable housing.
Our Voter Guide to San Francisco Ballot 2014
People Power Media's Guide to SF's Ballot Measures
People Power Media's Guide to SF's Ballot Measures From A to L
What's Next for the San Francisco Bay Guardian
With the iconic Powell Street cable car turnaround as the backdrop, former staff of the Guardian, the alternative weekly that served as a leading voice for progressives in San Francisco, announced their plan to give the paper a proper send off after it was unceremoniously shut down last week.
Developers Won't Solve the SF Housing Crisis
The Definitive Response to Supply-side Solutionists
Activists marauding Google buses, the hippie enclave turning into a playground for the rich, the threat of beautiful Victorians being plowed over for boxy condos.
Legal Aid for Immigrant Children
San Francisco Supervisor proposes legislation to provide immigrant children with legal aid as thousands face fast-track immigration.
How Net Neutrality Impacts People of Color
FCC Proposed Limits to Internet Access Will Limit the Voices of Marginalized Communities
Whether the fight is against immigration and deportation or whether it’s police brutality the internet provides a place for marginalized communities to mobilize our voices, but proposed changes to "Net Neutrality" by the FCC will change that.
Professor refutes City report on minimum wage
Says job losses are overstated
UC Berkeley Economists Present Research Analyzing Effects of San Francisco Minimum Wage Measure
Op-Ed: Improving SF's Small Sites Program
What's wrong with SF's Mayor's Small Sites Acquisition Program & How to Fix It
The Program allows these developers to access $3 million in City funds to purchase between 5 and 25 unit buildings in San Francisco. This opinion piece explains some of the core problems and missed opportunities concerning how this program is being rolled out.
Oakland Protest Against Police Violence
15 August 2014 protest in Oakland, CA against police violence and killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
Farm Workers Surviving the Drought in California
Undocumented Workers Struggle to Put Food on the Table
Undocumented farm workers are hit the hardest because of California's extreme drought. We went to the heart of the Central Valley, west Fresno County, to talk to residents about how they're surviving the massive job losses.
Fighting to Stay: Stopping Evictions in SF
As the economy in San Francisco heats up, evictions are on the rise. Tenants and tenants rights advocates have joined together to push for laws that protect tenants. Legislators in San Francisco and Sacramento are responding, but is it enough?
Confronting Philippine Ambassador on Human Trafficking Case
On May 16, 2014, representatives from BAYAN-USA, Migrante and NAFCON met with the Philippines Ambassador to the US, Jose L. Cuisa, Jr. at the Philippines Consulate in San Francisco. They were seeking prosecution of Isidro Rodriguez for the alleged human trafficking of over 200 Filipino teachers to the US.
US Military's "Asia Pivot" & Human Rights
Our report brings to light this little known development in US politics and will explore how the increasing US military presence is impacting communities in the Philippines.
Op-Ed: Why There's Google Buses in SF
What shifting economies and attitudes to America's new "clean" cities have to do with private tech buses in San Francisco.
Pushing for a Higher SF Minimum Wage
Community & Labor Push for Higher San Francisco Minimum Wage as Cost of Living Soars
San Francisco’s new minimum wage could be highest in the country if passed on the November 2014 ballot. Community and labor groups that make up the Coalition for a Fair Economy are pushing for a higher minimum wage as rents in the San Francisco also top all other US cities.
Dyan speaks on News Literacy Panel
The Media Consortium Conference
[people. power. media] Co-founder, Dyan Ruiz, speaks on how news literacy is a two-way street between newsrooms and communities they report on. She explains the different ways that community input and participation is critical to the reporting philosophy of [people. power. media].
First Protest Against Monster in the Mission
The Plaza 16 Coalition rallies against condominiums proposed to be built at the northeast corner of 16th and Mission at one of San Francisco’s busiest intersections.
San Francisco Tenant Faces 4th Eviction Attempt
Teresa Dulalas talks about her struggle to keep her home at the South of Market (SoMa) / Tenderloin Tenant Convention.
Op-Ed: 100% Affordable Housing Near Transit
Housing at transit hubs should be 100 percent affordable
New market rate housing proposes to rip through the heart of the Mission with the ultimate irony.
Immigrant Detainees Held In Canada for Years Without Trial
Detainees Go On Hunger Strike in Protest
Supporters rally in snowstorm outside maximum security prison to show solidarity for prisoners being held without charges or release date.
Toronto Public Housing Residents Bring Demands to Feds
Historic Rally Joins Tenants and City Officials in Demand for Repairs Funding
In a historic protest, public housing residents brought their demand for repairs funding straight to the federal government on Nov. 20. This was the first time Toronto public housing residents joined forces with city representatives and travelled to Ottawa to bring attention to the affordable housing crisis.
Typhoon Haiyan Grassroots Relief Efforts
A look at grassroots organizations helping Typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines.
A Vote for Affordable Housing
Proposition C: Affordable Housing Trust Fund
Community groups mobilize to pass a dedicated fund for affordable housing in San Francisco.
Tar Sands Protesters Commandeer Public Meeting
Action against Enbridge's Oil Pipeline 9B
First Nations and environmental activists interrupt Enbridge’s pipeline plans at a National Energy Board hearing in Toronto regarding Line 9B, a pipeline that conveys crude oil between Sarnia, Ontario and Montréal, Quebec.
Idle No More Protesters Take to the Toronto Streets
Idle No More protestors assert treaty rights and nationhood in Toronto, Canada as part of this International Day of Action, October 7, 2013.
Activists Fight Corporate & Military Forces
People Power Media's Investigative Report from Caraga, Mindanao, Philippines
Corporate agribusiness, like US-based Dole, and large-scale mining are threatening the lives and environment of rural Filipinos, but they're ready to fight for way of life. People Power Media travels to Caraga, Mindanao to investigate how global corporations are tearing down mountains, and poisoning and even killing indigenous and local people.
Philippines SONA Rally 2013
People Power Media Reports from the People's State of the Nation Address in Manila
Thousands of people took to the streets when the President of the Philippines delivered his fourth State of the Nation Address. They decry President Benigno Aquino's failure to address the widespread poverty, corruption and human rights abuses.
Community Victory over Major Healthcare Corporation
A healthcare corporation threatened to shut down a critical hospital for low income San Franciscans. The story of how community and labor groups successfully saved a hospital and forced real benefits over profit.
Cuts to Youth Programs Could Bring "Summer of War"
Community leaders are worried that diminishing funds for youth programs are going to bring an uprise of violence in troubled communities.
Nurses, Environmentalists Lead Keystone XL Protest
National Nurses United lead protest against Keystone XL pipeline highlighting possible health impact.
San Francisco's Garage Homes
A look at the push to legalize San Francisco in-law units, unregulated apartments often found in garages.
California Domestic Workers Demand Bill of Rights
California Domestic Workers and advocates meet with legislators at the California capital on Mother's Day to demand the passage of a Bill of Rights to protect their workers.
San Francisco May Day 2013
People Power Media at May Day in San Francisco, 2013.
Filipinos in San Francisco Rally Against Modern Slavery
Protest on Death & Abuse of Oil Rig Workers in New Orleans
A crowd of protesters gathered around the Philippine Consulate in San Francisco to demand action on the deaths, human trafficking and abuse of Filipino migrant workers on an oil rig in New Orleans.
Rally for Refugee Health Care
Doctors come together to protest cuts to refugee health care in Ontario.
Waiting for Affordable Housing
The wait list for public housing in Toronto is over 10 years long. A look at what Toronto residents endure as they wait for affordable housing.
Cuts to Ontario Immigrant Services
Severe cut backs to immigrant settlement services mean that many go without critical help to get established in Canada.
Ontario's Struggling Settlement Agencies
Immigrant settlement agencies face severe cut backs from federal government leaving many new Canadians unable to access critical services.
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