Over the last two years, the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project has been engaging in an oral history project, documenting the stories and lives of those dispossessed from their homes in the Bay Area. We have been gathering stories through participatory action research, and then geolocating them on a transmedia interactive map. The oral history project is a collaborative effort. With a dozen of volunteers, we have collected, edited, and mapped nearly 40 stories from tenants who have faced eviction over the last decade, and from youth impacted by the displacement crisis. We aim to document urban change in San Francisco, and the greater Bay Area, by foregrounding the stories of people who have been impacting. By placing the stories on an online map, we aim to create a living archive, documenting deep and detailed neighborhood and personal histories. We will continue to collect stories and add them to this map following its release as part of an ongoing oral history project. As we are currently partnering with a University of San Francisco Urban Politics class, we are expecting to add 16 new stories to the map in upcoming weeks.
We have also transcribed many of the interviews, which we are publishing in our zine, We Are Here: Oral Histories of San Francisco. We are releasing this map in conjunction with our mural dedication and zine release, as well as with our interactive rich media video piece, We Are Here: Stories of Displacement and Resistance, made with the amazing people at the Land of Opportunity out of New Orleans.
Participants in the oral history project include, though are not limited to: Erin McElroy and Manissa Maharawal (co-directors), Manon Vergerio, Marko Muir, Karyn Smoot, Andrew Szeto, Bianca Ceralvo, Karla Gallardo, Jin Zhu, Devin McCutchin, Avery Heine, Alexi Lacey, Eva Mas Silberstein, Zeph Fishlyn, Carly Wais, Carla Wojczuk, Natasha Weiss, Zoe Wong-Weissman, Micropixie, Joe Mellin, Nick Castro, Samantha Kaplan, Mike Hendrickson, Carla L., Kim Cirella, Becca Gourevitch, Elsa Ramos, Kathleen Coll and her Urban Politics class at USF, Deland Chan and her Urban Studies class at Stanford University, Adriana Camarena and the Unsettlers Project, and Nancy Mirabal, our project advisor.
Please do not use any of our materials for your own work. These interviews are copyrighted to the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project and interviewees have authorized the release of their interviews only to AEMP.