Frustrated by a decade of ineffectual reforms, Bronx students, parents, community advocates and elected officials, including Senator Gustavo Rivera, led a "Walk in Our Children's Shoes" tour of District 9 schools last Wednesday.
I recently talked with Kozol about his new book, the privatization of public schools in the United States, the education policies of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, and the lives of his closest friends in the world -- the children of Fire in the Ashes.
There are far too many low-income workers, attempting to climb toward far too few "good" job openings. So, what can be done?
A crowd of 100 protestors filled the street outside the Bronx's "Hall of Justice" last Thursday at a brief hearing for Richard Haste, the 31-year-old, white narcotics cop who fatally shot Ramarley Graham, an 18-year-old African-American, last February.
Surrounded by barbed wire, with windows spattered with gun shot holes, and rusty old signs declaring "No Guns Beyond this Point," it takes a pure visionary like Majora to see the possibility of transforming this vessel of pain and suffering into a green, sustainable, mixed income housing complex.
Climbing up on a roof during the sultry city summer can be liberating, and it turns out to be a prime place for painting too. Away from the cacophony...
When special needs exist, they are great -- and it is imperative that great institutions such as Institutes of Applied Human Dynamics exist to assist in their care and nurturing.
"My Plate! The New Food Musical Program," an educational production promoting healthy living that Helen Butleroff-Leahy, a former Rockette, has put on 47 times in New York City schools since she first staged it in 2005.
As president of a moderately sized family foundation, I write some 200 checks a year. It gives me pleasure to do this. All our grantees are worthy. Wi...
Rapper and producer Swizz Beatz is taking his passion for the arts to schools to empower the next generation of leaders and creators.
In this downtrodden economy in which the arts are often seen as superfluous and secondary, it is inspiring to see a young arts organization thriving and actively changing the ways in which people engage with nomadic art making and acknowledge the spaces and places in which art is created and shared.
The Bronx-based groups argue that harsh and punitive disciplinary measures that remove children from the classroom for minor incidents only exacerbate the problem of school pushout, and differentially impact youth of color.
Ron L. Kagan made international headlines when he voluntarily decided to relocate the Detroit Zoo's elephants to a better home, a sanctuary in California. How exotic animals experience life in captivity is determined by the home that zoos give them. Here are some of the things that make this experience much better for animals.
It is not easy to turn pain into something positive, but often it takes a terrible event such as the death of the Gonzalez family for people to really see the benefits of the Greek community.
Being financially prepared for the costs of a death was something far beyond a family's thoughts, at least until that time came. And it always did.
In all my years making theater in the Bronx, I've never seen kids give this much of a damn about a show before. Ironically enough, I think it's because we've never done a show that connects so directly to their lives.