Reflections on the MLK Day of Service (and “acknowledging the land”)

I went to a theater show about six months ago. Just before the show started, the director came out and did a “land acknowledgement” — talking about how the part in which the free show was being performed had once been the land of a local Native American tribe. It was the first time I … Read more of Reflections on the MLK Day of Service (and “acknowledging the land”)

The Latest Round of Musical Chairs in Camden

There’s been quite a bit of activity in the Camden game of musical chairs — where public and private positions with deep political connections shuffle around to reinforce both the power of that political structure and reward those who are loyal to it. Anthony Perno is out at Cooper’s Ferry, replaced by Kris Kolluri who … Read more of The Latest Round of Musical Chairs in Camden

The Local Knowledge Blog is Back

And we’re back! It’s a new semester here at Rutgers, and a new year for Camden City. There’s the new (check out Phaedra Trethan’s wonderful interview of Camden’s new mayor, Frank Moran) and the continued (Phaedra also was in Camden yesterday to document a last-minute appeal to new NJ Governor Phil Murphy to save Camden … Read more of The Local Knowledge Blog is Back

Some Urban Thoughts on Rural Progressivism

One of the lessons of living, working and studying in Camden, NJ is how interrelated urban and regional issues are. There’s simply no way to understand issues in Camden — such as the racial and environmental justice issues surrounding the methadone clinic, or affordable housing, or the ways concentrated poverty affects school funding — without … Read more of Some Urban Thoughts on Rural Progressivism

What’s Next for the Camden Methadone Clinic? By Jared Hunter

I’m sure by now everyone knows about the methadone clinic approval in Bergen Square.  I unfortunately didn’t get a chance to stay the entire time (I left a little over an hour into the meeting) but did have the opportunity to see some of the meeting play out.  Needless to say, there was a lot … Read more of What’s Next for the Camden Methadone Clinic? By Jared Hunter