The Exhibit

“An American Dream?” is the work of eight amazing women who met, learned, cried, laughed and worked together to produce powerful portraits of courage and resiliency. These photographs and narratives are organized around themes that the group found it important to address in their research: the living conditions that families are forced to endure, their impact on health and well-being, fear of eviction and ending up on the streets, the fires and displacement occurring in the Mission, resiliency and hope, and potential changes and solutions.

24. Mi visita al Capitolio / My visit to the Capitol

24. Mi visita al Capitolio / My visit to the Capitol
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As a community of women seeking better working conditions, we went to Sacramento to influence decisions that this group of legislators makes for all of us – to put an end to the displacement of our families, who cannot live in the Mission because the law favors those with more resources. There is much injustice in our city and we are not willing to endure more. As domestic workers, despite working long hours we do not earn enough money to live with dignity and we are not able to spend much time with our children. This affects their health and emotional development. With our presence and voice in Sacramento we worked to pass laws to improve conditions for domestic workers. We did it!


PhotoVoice Exhibit Credits

Ada Alvarado
Karen Cohn
Shivaun Nestor
Laura Olivas
Dairo Romero
Exhibition Volunteers
Leticia Contreras
Lili Dominguez
Margarita Herrera
Cynthia Melgoza
Lucia Obregón
Liliana Ocegueda
Sarah Saavedra
Community Partners
Felton House
Homeless Prenatal Program
Mujeres Unidas y Activas
Good Samaritan Family Resource Centers
Additional Funding From
First5 San Francisco
San Francisco Public Health Foundation
Special Thanks To:
Ana Alfaro
Alison Bell
Ayanna Bennett
Serena Chuong
Carmen Campuzano
Karoleen Feng
Barbara Garcia
Christopher Gil
Mary Hansell
Alicia Leon Jhong
Laurel Koomak
Edward Mamary
Melissa Martin
Joshua Nossiter
Liliana Ocegueda
Nancy Sarieh
Dawn Surratt
Samy’s Camera (John, Neko, Troy, & Yesica)
Bertha Villalobos