I arrived just before the holidays, after dodging snow storms all the way from the pueblos of northern New Mexico, through Moab, Salt Lake City, Burns (before all the excitement started), and Portland. After 12,000 miles and four months on the road, it was so good to be back home in Suquamish, reunited with friends and family. Many… Read More I Made It Home …
Above: Rev. Wes Magruder wasted little time in speaking to the refugee issue at the First Methodist Church of Kessler Park in Dallas. A Syrian refugee family has just arrived in Dallas. The occasion is generating a great deal of controversy, more than you might expect for the arrival of two small children, their parents and… Read More Amid Tensions, Christians Show Support for Syrian Immigrants in Dallas
This month’s climate talks take place at a time when the stakes couldn’t be higher. The 21st Conference of the Parties, which just began in Paris, are aimed at reducing the emissions responsible for acidifying oceans, melting glaciers, raising sea levels, and collapsing our agriculture. If it sounds apocalyptic, it should; if we fail this test,… Read More COP21: Tom Goldtooth Calls for Leaders to Recognize ‘The Spirit of Life Itself’
Today I turn back towards the southwest for the final leg of my journey. After an inspiring stay in Newark, NJ and Thanksgiving with family in the Hudson Valley, I’m going to Ithaca, NY and State College, Penn., before heading for the Gulf Coast, Texas, and the Southwest, and then home to Suquamish, Wash. by… Read More Turning Southwest
Cincinnati, Ohio, is among the fastest growing cities in the Midwest. It hosts corporate giants like Procter & Gamble and Kroger, and some of its close-in neighborhoods have become chic, with coffee shops and new condominiums. But prosperity is not trickling down to the poorest residents, predominantly African American, who are more likely to get… Read More The Economics of Compassion: Can Cincinnati Wipe Out Debt by 2019?
For years, women and children fleeing domestic violence in 17 counties in Kentucky turned to the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program. The organization’s 24-hour hotline and shelter offered help to women who were physically and psychologically battered in this economically depressed region. Many of the women were isolated from families and friends, and often they fled… Read More More Than a Shelter, Greenhouse 17 Offers Growth After Domestic Violence
Back in the day, factory workers at the Chicago-based Republic Windows and Doors were simply told what to do. That wasn’t unusual. Workers might have seen ways to improve the production process, but at Republic their supervisor wasn’t interested, said former employee Armando Robles. “Whatever the bosses want, we do it. We’d say, ‘Look, this… Read More Owning Your Work in Chicago: This is What People Power Looks Like