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…

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…

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…

#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,…

Musings on Ferguson

By Detrich Peeler (Senegal) I am really saddened by the news I am reading related to Ferguson and other senseless violence against black people in America. From where I sit in Dakar it has been thrown into stark relief how divided America still is, in ways that are hard to explain to non-Americans. The image…