Emily Kim The tension between marginalized communities and law enforcement officers has existed since the establishment of police forces. We acknowledge that the systematically racist and white supremacist issues regarding police forces are complex and therefore can’t be tackled all at once. The essay excerpt below focuses on restorative practices within the current criminal … [Read more...] about Restorative Justice: A New Hope
Kermit O A question I’ve always disliked when meeting people in professional or even casual spaces is: “What do you do?” Because where should I start? Like all of us, I wear many hats: I’m a graduate student, an orchard intern, an aspiring community educator, a writer, a life partner, a brother, son, and uncle, among other things. But the subtext of that question, of course, … [Read more...] about Education for Sustainability
Here are several articles that look at food, the pandemic, and other topics from a more holistic point of view than we usually see, showing the need for re-thinking in these areas. From the current issue of Yes! Magazine — the 'Community Power issue'. What’s in a Social Justice Diet?The Light at the EndWhat Indian Country Remembers About SurvivalWe Had … [Read more...] about A few good reads for the week
The following article from National Geographic covers some side effects of the exponential growth of video conferencing platforms such as GoToMeeting & Zoom, as well as video calling with FaceTime or Skype. This may be one of the largely-unarticulated reasons why so many students are very unhappy with their college and school classes being held online instead of in … [Read more...] about Zoom fatigue?
by Jenn Bell The Lafayette College Community Garden is my favorite place to be. But what makes it so special? The essence of community: I’m not just growing food for myself, but we’re all growing food for ourselves and our loved ones, together. Today, in our world of texting and take out, sometimes we forget what it is that makes us happy. When I take time to think about it, … [Read more...] about A Growing Community
Yes! Magazine recently posted an article on ‘Relearning the Skills of Community’. Unlike previous articles that described how specific ventures help build community, this one is about ‘Common Security Clubs’. The common thread among separate and unique local clubs seems to be that they provide a way for people to connect and care for each other. This is the first I’ve seen … [Read more...] about Building Community