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Working It: The Activist Art Magazine Fueling Labor Rights for Strippers and Other Sex Workers

Katherine Koster | Posted 10.01.2015 | Women
Katherine Koster

It's a Wednesday afternoon, a few hours before her domestic violence hotline shift begins, and Matilda Bickers has put out the final call for submissions to the fall version of Working It, a Portland-based quarterly by, about, and for sex workers.

SF's Prop I Will Kill Plans for an Armory Event Center

Peter Acworth | Posted 09.29.2015 | San Francisco
Peter Acworth

I aim to bring back the Madison Square Garden of the West to the people of San Francisco as a matter of right. That is why I am fighting Prop I with everything I have left to fight with. It is bad policy, a mistake for the Mission and a mistake for this city.

Cornflakes Are Not the Answer

Dan Glass | Posted 09.28.2015 | Politics
Dan Glass

There has recently been heated discussion as to why I empathized with those who threw paint over Brick Lane's cereal cafe. Many of my friends thought it was a poor choice of target and format for people's anger.

Two Privileged White Men Arguing Give An Unintentional Lesson On White Privilege

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 09.25.2015 | Black Voices

 A video that went viral Wednesday has become an unexpected lesson on white privilege.  In it, a white male jogger yells at another wh...

To Be a Latino in This Country and to Be Relatively Conscious Is to Be In a Rage Almost All the Time

César Vargas | Posted 09.21.2015 | Latino Voices
César Vargas

There's a reason why racism and discrimination is called systemic. It means it happens everywhere with everything. So yes, I have an issue with injustice everywhere. Not just the injustice that I think affects me.

The Death of Thrifty Kink?

Scott Stiffler | Posted 09.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Scott Stiffler

I've lived in the middle of Manhattan for the better part of 19 years -- and until recently, "cheap" did a bang-up job of describing the nature, and price, of thrills on that wonderfully welcoming downscale strip of West 14th Street, between Fifth and Seventh Avenues.

Big(ger) Dreams than Gentrification

Robert LoCascio | Posted 09.09.2015 | New York
Robert LoCascio

The Bed-Stuy Restoration Corp. still exists and continues to contribute to the development of this community. Today, Bedford-Stuyvesant is a trendy, sought-after neighborhood. The median income has risen and as a result, higher-end residential properties and businesses are following to set up shop.

Poet Breaks Down Gentrification And Its Ripple Effect On Black Lives

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 09.09.2015 | Black Voices

Rent hikes and overpriced coffee shops are synonymous with gentrification, but it's so much more than that.  It's also about the burden...

Tackling the Taboo: Low Income Housing in the U.S.

Jimmy Ramirez | Posted 08.25.2015 | Impact
Jimmy Ramirez

If our city governments insist on privatizing the development of affordable housing, which the District has done for the past 30 years, then it is the responsibility of that same government to step in when market forces come up short.

A Memorable Closing Speech

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 08.25.2015 | Crime
Rabbi David Wolpe

All Americans have witnessed this past summer that the system had deep flaws and needs work from all of us to repair what is prejudiced, or cruel or wrong. But each day in countless ways, America works.

Preview: 2015 Detroit Tax Foreclosure Auction

Michele Oberholtzer | Posted 08.19.2015 | Detroit
Michele Oberholtzer

In the next two months, over 25,000 properties across Detroit will be put up for sale in the nation's largest-ever municipal property auction. In any other city, this would be groundbreaking news but, in Detroit, it hardly budges from the status quo.

Where a Michigan Street and Change Meet

Maja Tosic | Posted 07.29.2015 | Impact
Maja Tosic

Time travel exists. Just travel down Division Street in Grand Rapids, Michigan. From Medical Mile to 28th Street, the city shifts from the recently ne...

The Queers Left Behind: How LGBT Assimilation Is Hurting Our Community's Most Vulnerable

Colin Walmsley | Posted 07.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Colin Walmsley

Is this to be the brave new gay world? A world in which the public face of the queer community -- the gay, the white, the cisgender and the wealthy -- take their place among society's elite, leaving the transgender, the non-white, the poor and the homeless to fend for themselves?

Got Gentrification?

Martin Kleinman | Posted 07.17.2015 | New York
Martin Kleinman

Change can be good. Improved schools, transportation, job creation, street safety, housing - everyone wants that. And, let's face it, the better a neighborhood gets, the higher housing prices go. But it's a question of degree, of balance, of compassion.

Shifting Sands: New Dynamics in the Bronx Art Scene

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 07.15.2015 | Arts
Marcia G. Yerman

In the middle of June, at the Old Bronx Borough Courthouse at East 161st Street and Third Avenue, a large gathering of people came together to hear panelists parse the "New Dynamics in the Bronx Art Scene."

Do Latino Neighborhoods Have More to Fear from Gentrification?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 07.02.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

In response to this dark side of gentrification, some Latino community leaders in Los Angeles launched the "gente-fication" movement ("gente" is Spanish for "people," but you already knew that).

Pride Returns to It's Protesting Roots

Dan Glass | Posted 07.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Dan Glass

'RIP Pride' took place because of the corporate focus of Pride in London is seen to be influenced by those involved in running it. The Pride in London Board who are responsible for delivery of Pride is made up of mainly business bodies who have little or no connection to the queer community.

The Cost of Moving to the 'Burbs'

Ehsan Zaffar | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Ehsan Zaffar

One of the lasting inequities of gentrification is the increasing unaffordability of urban centers.

A Lego Brick Utopia Has Appeared In New York City

The Huffington Post | Colton Valentine | Posted 06.12.2015 | Arts

New York City’s High Line has always felt like an architectural utopia. A defunct railroad reclaimed as an elevated park, the space invites the ming...

Nana's Gonna Spruce Up the 'Hood

Greg Schwem | Posted 06.05.2015 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

Dad's been gone over a year now. It was time to sit down with Mom and have that uncomfortable but necessary conversation about moving on. I started with simple suggestions.

Jenny Che

Here Are The Priciest Neighborhoods In Brooklyn And Manhattan | Jenny Che | Posted 06.03.2015 | Business

Remember when Brooklyn was still relatively cheap? With developers jumping to gut-renovate buildings and rent them out at higher rates, even inner ...

Monster in the Mission

Mark Ortiz | Posted 06.03.2015 | San Francisco
Mark Ortiz

"The only public housing this city provides is county jails," Bilal Ali of the Coalition Against Homelessness said at a rally on the steps of San Francisco's city hall last Tuesday.

Mallika Rao

Welcome To Brooklyn, Where Artisanal Comedy Is Brewing | Mallika Rao | Posted 05.30.2015 | Arts

Illustration by Priscilla Frank Value typically parallels price. High-quality food tends to be expensive. Ditto for clothes, airline seats --...

Mark Dendy Explores Social Issues at Joe's Pub

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 05.18.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

The Lower East Side has always been a playground for oddballs, creative types who diverge from Manhattan's mold. It's a quirky neighborhood filled with idiosyncrasies and secrets stuffed in blocks and buildings. These days, south of Union Square is trending, a wonderland of bars, movie houses, and restaurants that offer a refreshing contrast to Midtown.

The Buzzer's Broken

Kerri Allen | Posted 06.13.2015 | Arts
Kerri Allen

"Buzzer" weaves a pretty implausible plot in which Suzy, a tightly-wound Harvard grad and inner-city teacher, puts up with unceasing street harassment as well as her boyfriend's in-recovery pal Don crashing in their new pad for six months. That such a successful man as Jackson would endure this tests the limits of believability.