Expanding Inequality and Divestment from Public Goods Has Disproportionately Hurt the Young
You know the feeling because you’ve probably felt it. The warm sensation that rises from within but starts from without. Surrounded by people you love, not just one connection away, but multiple degrees separating you from them. Yet, the attention, the care, the joy, radiates. Embracing it is the easy part.
Community love is an affection unlike what is often described in films and YouTube videos. It’s a warmth that isn’t quite as passionate as romance, and not always as intimate as one-on-one friendship. It’s more like a…
Much of the news streaming from Central America stems from issues related to the northern triangle. Specifically, headlines often discuss the drug trade and subsequent crime that causes Honduran, Guatemala, and El Salvadoran residents to migrate north to the United States. And sometimes those stories include the much needed unveiling of the work that our government has done in prior decades to destabilize the region and hasten such migration.
The foothills of northern California are a breathtaking achievement of the natural world. They’re also at constant risk of becoming an environmental hellscape, mired in runway wildfires and elongated droughts. To prevent much of northern California from becoming like Paradise — a town that burned to the ground after a wire was clipped by wind, sparking a wildfire — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) turned off homeowners’ power for several days at a time during various parts of the fall of 2019.
Anti-regionalism, rooted in deep-seated racism, is still holding the region back
In 2016 there was a story that took Detroit and its Metro area by storm. Originally reported in the Detroit Free Press, the narrative centered around the “Walking Man,” James Robertson, an individual who walked 21 miles to work each day because local public transit couldn’t get him all the way there. The story gained so much traction that a GoFundMe page was set up in his honor, whereafter Robertson accrued over $300,000 in donations and a free Ford Taurus.
The resulting sentiment was meant to be a feel-good…
More interest in the topic appears to be surging in the last few decades
When I walked through the Nevada City Co-housing center, I felt a wave of joy. The internal sidewalk meandered like the path to the Wizard of Oz. Beside the concrete path was multicolored homes with slanted roofs, all standing adjacent to each other. So many people were clustered so closely together, able to more easily share in one another’s lives. I imagined experiences of pain and ecstasy, mundanity and profundity manifesting themselves alongside a helping hand or warm embrace. A sequence of human exchanges lived here.
Humans no longer know how to die. To be fair, they may have never truly needed to know.
Today, we’re living much longer than our 18th century ancestors and are able to extend our lives virtually forever with modern medicine. In other words, though unconscious, our organs can be propelled by technology in ways that prevent death, prompting the need for us to learn a new skill: how to die and navigate end-of-life matters.
Atul Gawande explores this idea in his book Being Mortal, where he traces the end-of-life process for the dying and their loved ones. In the book…
With calls to defund the police and end mass incarceration, this relationship-based program may be part of the solution
America’s criminal legal system is undergoing reconsideration. While there is nothing unique in today’s age about racial bias in policing and the ways in which Black and brown communities have been both under- and over-policed, consciousness around these topics among white Americans — particularly white Democrats — has increased. As activists, scholars and politicians push for stronger reforms to, or the abolition of, incarceration and punitive safety measures, there are deep questions about what will replace, or compliment, our long-broken system.
They could be the next policy to help wind down the war on drugs in the U.S.
It’s been almost two decades since a group of homeless individuals in Vancouver organized to create a more secure space where they could safely shoot up away from the public eye. Since that time, their new designated programs — safe or supervised injection sites — have spread across European and other Canadian cities, effectively reducing overdose deaths and lowering addiction rates in their path. …