Katrina, 10 Years After: “Not Meant to Live like This”

In the months following Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of the Gulf Coast in 2005, ATD Fourth World Volunteer Corps members based in New Orleans traveled the southern United States to reconnect with displaced members and re-establish a network of support. Dispersed as they were across six states in shelters and emergency housing, the members of ATD…

Questioning the Demise of New York’s Black Community

By Andre Powe (United States) On October 17, 2013, I was among ATD Fourth World’s delegation at the United Nations in New York, where we took part in ceremonies marking the International Day of Overcoming Poverty.  It being sunny, I walked north afterward, joined by another member of the group, a younger African American gentleman…

Baltimore and Non Sequiturs

By Detrich Peeler (Morocco) Today’s vocabulary lesson Non sequitur: a conclusion or statement that does not logically follow from the previous argument or statement. Example: Black person: We want the police to stop shooting our unarmed black men, we want transparency, accountability and justice. White person: What about the culture of criminality, low test scores…

The Free-Range Parenting Firestorm

By Steven Wright (United States) By now, many of you have heard the story about the Meitiv family in Silver Spring, MD and their “free-range” parenting style who have been investigated by CPS for child neglect simply because they have allowed their kids to walk to and from their local park on their own. Danielle…

Tyler

Video by YouthFX (United States) “Tyler Rhodes, 17, of Albany, NY was stabbed to death on Saturday April 30th, 2011 during a fight with two teenagers at a city park. TYLER tells his story through the memories of his mother Stacey and the voices of young people who knew him. As we witness Stacey’s grief…

Activism

People Are What Make Activism Essential

By Julia Sick (United States) A few months ago, I was talking with Diana Skelton, a member of the ATD Fourth World International Leadership Team. We were sitting by the window in a small bar and  discussing the benefits of intercultural exchange across ATD Fourth World’s many teams. The benefits seemed obvious to me–being exposed…

#EmbraceBlackLife

By asha bandele (United States) In May of 1857, having just heard of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Dred Scott case (for those of us thinking of Travyon Martin today, ironically it was filed as Dred Scott v Sandford), which in effect validated the existence of slavery and seemed to ensure its continuance, the great abolitionist,…