Poll or Propoganda?

Monday evening, as I was leaving the office, I got a call to participate in a poll on politics and progress in Camden, City. That doesn’t happen very often, in part because I kept my phone number from when I lived in DC so I have a non-local area code. So I was pretty excited … Continue reading Poll or Propoganda?

Self-Care, Activism (and Camden Jam)

Whew. That’s the first week of the semester. I’ve used these Friday posts to do a lot of different things over the years. To highlight community events. To talk a bit more casually about my own research. To promote my writings. But wanted to take a moment today to talk about my own challenges surrounding … Continue reading Self-Care, Activism (and Camden Jam)

“No Excuses” in Camden: the Stakes are High

A few weeks ago there was some fantastic, in-depth reporting by Avi Wolfman-Arendt (WHYY) on Philadelphia’s KIPP schools that is particularly relevant for the current educational moment in Camden. Because in Camden, “no excuses” schools are in vogue. They were explicitly chosen through the political process as a way to try to improve the schools … Continue reading “No Excuses” in Camden: the Stakes are High

We’re back! A new semester and the students who make it worth it

Here we are. A new semester at Rutgers, new students and classes, and a host of Camden issues to talk about. Over the upcoming weeks, we’ll be talking about the school board elections, the impact of cars on Camden’s downtown, and I’ll be sharing some of what I’ve been reading (and some of where I’ve … Continue reading We’re back! A new semester and the students who make it worth it

What does a progressive win in Camden look like?

Here we are.¬† End of the summer? Start of the school year? Sure. But for those of you obsessively following the conflict over tax subsidies here in Camden, you know what I’m talking about. The moment when the Murphy administration has to decide whether to sign or veto the extension of temporary tax credits because … Continue reading What does a progressive win in Camden look like?