Mission Statement: We, the members of Gifford Street Community Press unite in the spirit of collective work and responsibility to coordinate a neighborhood Press where the multilingual and multicultural voices of the people will be heard and shared. We hope to be part of this community’s kinship by sharing in personal and neighborhood struggles, triumphs, and producing collected works of creative expression. The Press wants to support conversation and to build relationships, which will foster greater civic awareness of local issues and when necessary, support resident driven change in the neighborhood. This press hopes to produce and showcase artwork, writings, and other meaningful cultural pieces that represent authentic voices from the community. The press will gather local compositions through writing workshops, Westside community events, and forums. Our mission is to contribute to the promotion of love, healing, and respect within the Westside, and validate the existence of peoples and cultures represented in the Westside Community.