Amid Tensions, Christians Show Support for Syrian Immigrants in Dallas

Above: Rev. Wes Magruder wasted little time in speaking to the refugee issue at the First Methodist Church of Kessler Park in Dallas. A Syrian refugee family has just arrived in Dallas. The occasion is generating a great deal of controversy, more than you might expect for the arrival of two small children, their parents and… Read More Amid Tensions, Christians Show Support for Syrian Immigrants in Dallas

The Economics of Compassion: Can Cincinnati Wipe Out Debt by 2019?

Cincinnati, Ohio, is among the fastest growing cities in the Midwest. It hosts corporate giants like Procter & Gamble and Kroger, and some of its close-in neighborhoods have become chic, with coffee shops and new condominiums. But prosperity is not trickling down to the poorest residents, predominantly African American, who are more likely to get… Read More The Economics of Compassion: Can Cincinnati Wipe Out Debt by 2019?

More Than a Shelter, Greenhouse 17 Offers Growth After Domestic Violence

For years, women and children fleeing domestic violence in 17 counties in Kentucky turned to the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program. The organization’s 24-hour hotline and shelter offered help to women who were physically and psychologically battered in this economically depressed region. Many of the women were isolated from families and friends, and often they fled… Read More More Than a Shelter, Greenhouse 17 Offers Growth After Domestic Violence

Owning Your Work in Chicago: This is What People Power Looks Like

Back in the day, factory workers at the Chicago-based Republic Windows and Doors were simply told what to do. That wasn’t unusual. Workers might have seen ways to improve the production process, but at Republic their supervisor wasn’t interested, said former employee Armando Robles. “Whatever the bosses want, we do it. We’d say, ‘Look, this… Read More Owning Your Work in Chicago: This is What People Power Looks Like

Remembering Grace Lee Boggs and the Revolution She Inspired in Me

This week, I returned to Detroit as I do every few years. On Thursday, I visited the James and Grace Lee Boggs School and heard of the influence Grace had in founding a school that is deeply rooted in community. On Friday, I visited the Boggs Center and talked to board members about their perceptions of… Read More Remembering Grace Lee Boggs and the Revolution She Inspired in Me

New from Chicago and a Question: Where Should I Visit in the Midwest?

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… Read More New from Chicago and a Question: Where Should I Visit in the Midwest?

We Have a Responsibility to Protect Sacred Places (and All Places Are Sacred)

I started on the Northwest part of this roadtrip to find the places where there is resistance to fossil fuel expansion, and I have found them. But I also found that many of the same people are not only rejecting a paradigm built on exploitation and domination, they are working to build a new post-industrial,… Read More We Have a Responsibility to Protect Sacred Places (and All Places Are Sacred)