The Conversation People Aren’t Having About Camden Police

Here we are. Twenty-three homicides into 2016, with people struggling with what it means to live in a community with so much pain and struggle. With trying to find something concrete to do as violence undercuts a community in so many different ways. Meanwhile on CNN, a comedian is talking about Camden and community policing. . Safe to … Read more …

A Witness to Healing by Mike Morgan

I’m particularly pleased to share this guest post by Mike Morgan. Mike moved to Camden first as a DeSales Service Works volunteer. He’s worked with HopeWorks, Joseph’s House, Cooper’s Ferry and others before becoming the Director of Operations at DeSales Service Works.  I’ve heard that it takes about six years before you begin to heal … Read more …

The Challenges of Organizing in Camden (on Education)

Earlier this week, I wrote on the challenges of organizing in Camden, and how they were manifesting themselves in the community effort to make corporations coming to the city accountable to community groups. It was a depressing piece — victory by local community groups was hard-fought and long in coming, and when it did come, … Read more …

The Challenges of Organizing in Camden (on CBAs)

I saw a heartbreaking statistic over the weekend: in the latest Camden primaries, turnout was just 3.4% (according to a report by Camden Churches Organized for People). This speaks to a conversation I’ve been having with more and more residents of the city (and activists outside it as well) about the challenges of organizing here. … Read more …

5 Strengths of the City Invincible by Rasheda Weaver

Rutgers-Camden PhD Candidate Rasheda Weaver’s latest includes an invitation to an April 19th conference on Economic Development:5 Strengths of the City InvincibleIf you look at the south section of the Camden City Hall building you will see an engraving that states “In a dream I saw a city invincible”. The words were taken from Walt … Read more …

Black Lives Matter: A Call to Action on Campus by Amy Mallon

I’m particularly pleased to share this guest post by Amy Mallon. I’ve followed Amy’s time here at Rutgers (from Civic Scholars to her graduate work now), and am excited to feature her voice here. She’s also writing on the Black Lives Matter Movement here on campus — there’s been some fantastic events on campus, and … Read more …