What does “showing up” in the time of Covid-19 look like?

What does it look like to “show up” when we can’t leave our homes? It’s something I’ve been thinking about since reading this great piece* by a colleague and friend of mine, Mary Beth Collins on the nonprofit sector. Because showing up now rarely means gathering together. I’d love to hear what people are doing … Continue reading What does “showing up” in the time of Covid-19 look like?

A few MLK Day thoughts

Last week, in New Orleans, I attended an Af-Am Hertitage tour with KnowNola (1). Malik, our tour guide, talked about the legacy of MLK as a revolutionary and radical figure. I’m by no means an MLK scholar — in fact, I’m going to take some time to follow Malik’s recommendation and read MLK’s Where Do … Continue reading A few MLK Day thoughts

The “Silent Majority” in Camden Politics

I’m currently reading Fortner’s controversial Black Silent Majority, which examines the politics of Harlem and support from certain segments of the black community for increased enforcement of the drug trade. It’s a deeply contested book, but it gets at a dynamic I’ve been trying to put my finger on in Camden: the support for policies … Continue reading The “Silent Majority” in Camden Politics

What would media coverage of Camden *designed for Camden residents* look like?

A few weeks ago I was invited to an event focused on addressing local media in Camden. The organizers asked me to prepare a few comments and reflect on how to improve media in Camden — and while I didn’t end up speaking at the event, I wanted to share some of those thoughts here. … Continue reading What would media coverage of Camden *designed for Camden residents* look like?

BIDs, Protests and Tree Lightings

So there’s a lot of chatter going around about the proposed Camden Business Improvement District (CBID). Coming on the heels of some, ahem, controversy about tax subsidies, and the boondoggle about the police taking over code enforcement, there is both increased scrutiny and attention on City Hall right now. So I thought I’d share a … Continue reading BIDs, Protests and Tree Lightings