I know more than I wish that I knew about scarcity and it is very frightening to think about not having the ability to provide shelter and food for yourself and those that you love. Though I have not been homeless, my family was quite poor and we had times when there was no food.
In the past, I have flirted with ideas of attending Lucinda Williams and Leonard Cohen shows in the same town, but each time concluded that the journey was just too long. Faithfull plays San Francisco or Oakland most every year. Is one more show really worth the bother?
America is witnessing some of its highest income inequality and lowest social mobility rates ever. If we are to fix any of this, it is best that we start at home, in our back yard, and in our nation's capital. And that begins with the Anacostia.
I have a hard time translating the concept of "people of color" with all its heavy, powerful meaning to our experience in Mexico. Race and racism are not topics present on the media, much less on off-screen daily conversations.
It's been almost a year since Take Back Boystown took off, and all of us still have so much work to do to build a better community. We need to stand together, or we need to stop calling ourselves a community.
Instead of seeking remedies to this ongoing problem, the putative guardians of our democratic principles, rights and responsibilities -- the United States Supreme Court -- has chosen to vastly exacerbate the situation.
Whether its an attempt to hold on to the status quo in a world determined to shatter it or the last gasp of an aristocracy angrily slapping away the elements seeking to dissolve it, the upper classes got the upper hand this time around, which isnʼt exactly surprising.
I've heard over and over again that those rallying for increased safety measures are not making any statements about race or class -- they just want safety. I believe that they do want and should work to make Lakeview safer.