Neighbors Comic Series Landing Page
Part 1: Discomfort
Part 2: Distance
Part 3: Sympathy
Part 4: Empathy
Part 5: Experience
Part 6: Intersectionality
Part 7: Interdependence
Part 8: coming soon
So near the end of this story...which I don't know how to end! (Still writing, shhhhh...) I mean, seriously though, with all the homes and housing and lives lost in the past few weeks due to natural disasters all over the place, it's just...I don't know.
More about the concept of interdependence
I haven't read The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama by Pico Iyer, but I did encounter the quotes and the concepts around interdependence from this chapter in this Brainpickings article about the book.
There is also a page entitled "We have met the enemy — and the friend" in this little Pocket Pema Chodron that I happened on the other day that feels particularly relevant to this chapter of Neighbors:
It was Pogo, a cartoon character created by Walt Kelly, who said, “We have met the enemy and he is us.” This particular slogan now appears a lot in the environmental movement. It isn’t somebody else who’s polluting the rivers — it’s us. The cause of confusion and bewilderment and pollution and violence isn’t really someone else’s problem: it’s something we can come to know in ourselves. But in order to do that we have to understand that we have met the friend and he is me. The more we make friends with ourselves, the more we can see that our ways of shutting down and closing off are rooted in the mistaken thinking that the way to get happy is to blame somebody else.
It’s a little uncertain who is “us” and who is “them.” Bernard Glassman Roshi, who does a lot of work with the homeless in New York, said that he doesn’t work with the homeless because he’s such a great guy but because going into the areas of society that he has rejected is the only way to make friends with the parts of himself that he’s rejected. It’s all interrelated. We work on ourselves in order to help others, but also we help others in order to work on ourselves. That’s a very important point.
More about the maps of displacement
The map in this chapter comes from a Berkeley project to map urban displacement and transit's role on gentrification.
In searching for a good map, I also found this interactive map that includes photos, stories, and dispatches from Oakland's homeless encampments. I found it to be an effective and powerful storytelling tool. (Although what's with the Whole Foods logos for the pinpoints on the map? Is that just me?)
There's also this Anti-Eviction Mapping Project that visualizes displacement and resistance in the Bay Area.
^ And related to that, one question that pops up is: where is the displacement taking people? There's an amazing new podcast from KQED's Devin Katayama and Sandhya Dirks called "American Suburb" that tells the story of gentfication and displacement by diving deep into one American suburb -- Antioch, which is 45 miles from San Francisco. Please check it out. (H/T @lethalbeef)
That's all on the Neighbors front for now. Check back next Wednesday for the next chapter! And if the story is resonating with you, please share with a friend.