I am back in Chicago after taking a break from the road to attend a YES! Magazine board meeting.
And I got engaged! My partner of seven years, Dee Axelrod, and I decided to make it official. Thanks to the state of Washington and the U.S. Supreme Court, we can so legally! Hurrah!
Meanwhile, here is what I’m doing back in the Midwest: As the manufacturing economy collapsed in the United States, and as policies that had supported the poor and middle class eroded, the Midwest has been hit especially hard.
I’m here to explore how people in rust belt cities are laying the foundation for a new economy. I’m especially interested in how people are building wealth (and local power) in poor communities and communities of color, and in ways this new economy is building food and energy systems that are healthy, just, and ecologically sustainable.
In Chicago, I’m excited to be attending the Growing Food and Justice for All conference, produced in conjunction with Growing Power. The conference features the practical and visionary work of some extraordinary people who are building solutions at the intersection of race, sustainability, health, and community.
I’m also planning to visit Detroit, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis, and Buffalo — and probably other places.