Nikole Hannah-Jones (of the 1619 Project) speaking virtually at Camden

I’ve had some tremendous educational experiences in my life — and some of my favorites happened because a guest speaker came to a university at the exact moment their work felt relevant to the world. That’s exactly what’s happening at Rutgers-Camden this Thursday. Nikole Hannah-Jones, who coordinated and was a lead author on the 1619 … Continue reading Nikole Hannah-Jones (of the 1619 Project) speaking virtually at Camden

Police, Policing, and Police Reform: Implications for the Future of our Cities

And we’re back!  I just wanted to take moments to invite you to CURE’s first event of the Fall semester: Police, Policing, and Police Reform: Implications for the Future of our Cities. It’s happening tomorrow (Thursday, Sept. 10th, 12:30-1:30).  Here’s the details.  I’m excited to be moderating — we have some incredibly talented folks speaking … Continue reading Police, Policing, and Police Reform: Implications for the Future of our Cities

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?

Goodbye, Felix

Goodbye, Felix.  Last week Felix Torres-Colon passed away. Felix was truly one of the good ones — someone I looked up to during his time in Camden at St. Joe’s Carpenter Society, who I saw as a leader in the field of community development, and as the type of compassionate friend I often strive to … Continue reading Goodbye, Felix

Iowa, the Line, and an Opportunity for Progressives

How we construct democracy is political. It’s a lesson that’s on full national display, where an attempt to make the Iowa Caucuses more transparent — by showing vote counts along the way — has backfired. Or maybe, it’s actually worked, because it’s shown how constructed the entire process is. Caucuses have always had systematic biases … Continue reading Iowa, the Line, and an Opportunity for Progressives

#ANewViewCamden, Cooper’s Ferry, and Being More than One Thing

Tomorrow, Cooper’s Ferry Partnerships is holding a press conference to announce an artist in its #ANewViewCamden initiative. That is part of a Bloomberg grant to use arts to address social issues and is highlighting illegal dumping in Camden. It’s fantastic work. Which brings up an interesting challenge for our polarized times. Cooper’s Ferry Partnership is … Continue reading #ANewViewCamden, Cooper’s Ferry, and Being More than One Thing