Here’s the scene: The camera pans over a neighborhood at dusk. There’s the ice cream/coffee shop, the community garden. There is the neighborhood god, which isn’t a boy making perfect three-pointers in the pocket park, but the Greek god painted on the side of a building in a swirl of blues and purples. There is […]Read more "Bystander Effect"
I’ve been thinking about mutual aid a lot lately — the way that it is a tool that is used to show compassion and build community. How it is a method of saying I care about you or We’re in this together or even I love you. How it allows us to be useful or […]Read more "Hyper-Independence Isn’t a Thing, Or Why Mutual Aid Matters"
Humans of New York is a kinda amazing cultural phenomenon of helping average folks put faces and stories together — a way of helping humanize people who are often overlooked — the very young, the very old, the homeless, the disabled, the foreign and the extravagant and the so perfectly average, whatever that means. It’s […]Read more "Confession of an Accidental Outreach Worker"
I’ve written before about the UnSlut Project by Emily Lindin — a twenty-something who was bullied in school for her sexual activity (and what people perceived to be her sexual activity). Emily’s latest project is Slut: A Documentary Film — and she needs $18,000 to get it off the ground. To this end, she’s put […]Read more "Slut: A Documentary Film"
This post will focus on food recovery projects — individuals, groups, and organizations which work to redistribute and creatively use food that would otherwise go to waste. Why is food recovery important? Because in 2010, Americans created 34 million tons of food waste— that’s more than any other type of waste, except paper. To put that in […]Read more "Waste Less – Feed More, Part 2"