Camden’s Woodrow Wilson HS Players Protest, Columnist Phil Anastasia calls them “Children”

“… the land of the free, and the home of the brave.”  This week, Preston Brown, the coach at Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, chose to protest conditions in Camden schools, and oppression more widely, by kneeling during the national anthem. And many of his players followed suit.  The faux outrage has started, and … Read more …

Why is Gov. Christie lying about state control in Camden?

So normally, I’d cover an event like Gov. Christie’s town hall in Bordentown, especially when the most notable back and forth was about Camden. But this one was a little tricky because, well, it was Sue Altman (who also moonlights as my wife when she is not bickering with governors) who was in the middle … Read more …

From Rio to Camden, what #LochteGate and XTU show us about white privilege across the globe by Alexis Wilson

I’m thrilled to host this guest post by recent Rutgers-Camden graduate Alexis Wilson. I first met Alexis through her #blacklivesmatter work on campus: “Eat, play, leave” is a twist on the book title by author Ekizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love). This interesting turn of phrase is a quirky way of highlighting the sometimes insidious side of … Read more …

A First Principle in Camden’s Development

One of the most interesting discussions happening in Camden right now is about gentrification and development. Some Camden residents, rightfully, are skeptical that when big development comes, it’s going to wipe out local community and start over. There are plenty of reasons for such skepticism — there’s the national history of urban renewal, which took … Read more …

Pokemon Go, Cherry Hill Mall, and #ThisHasToStop

Yesterday I ran into Anthony Perno, the CEO of Cooper’s Ferry, while walking through Cooper Grant. We were both playing Pokemon. It wasn’t the first such interaction I’ve had over the last few days. Last night, when I walked the dog before bed, there were a group of students huddled up in Johnson Park with their … Read more …