Assumptions and Misdirections Don’t Help Anybody

By Abby Grosslein “Gentrification, by itself, isn’t the enemy, but a compromised sense of community is.” – Evan Christopher, NolaVie: Life and Culture in New Orleans New York City – About every other week, I do laundry and grocery shop on Eastern Parkway where I live. The laundromat is not too far from the Ocean…

Every Body, Every Day, Every Way

By Karen A. Hart In Racine, Wisconsin, a few of us volunteers have managed to tie in a solar-energy-installation training program for young adults with a local environmental initiative. It has been a big challenge for everyone involved to prepare the legal and insurance considerations for this program, and also to ensure that it will…

In Detroit and Flint (USA), no more water for the poor

I am Justin Wedes, a co-founder of Detroit Water Brigade, a non-profit advocacy and rapid relief organization responding to the city’s aggressive water shut-off program. I work on water issues with low-income families, the homeless, and unemployed people in Detroit and Flint. In Detroit and Flint, people have been facing multiple ongoing crises that arise…

Arrested over subway turnstile jumping

By: Gligor Tashkovich (United States) I got a text message at about 9:30 am in the morning on Thursday with the cryptic words, “She was arrested.” The message was from Jeffrey. Last October, I had finally succeeded (after months of trying) to move him and his partner Nadine off the pavement and into a temporary shelter.…