Articles tagged with cities

Lydia Pelot-Hobbs police abolition New Orleans NOPD
Lydia Pelot-Hobbs

As post-Katrina New Orleans illustrates, even ambitious attempts to reform police leave intact the structures of racial violence. Worse yet, such efforts drain public money that could instead have been invested in caring for communities.

Joseph Fischel NOPD Pride rainbow badge LGBT
Joseph J. Fischel

Pride festivities attempt every year to reinforce the idea of an LGBT community, but when it comes to views on policing, white gay men and trans women of color often have little in common.

Politics Mask AK Thompson
AK Thompson Clare O’Connor

Today we face the paradox of states simultaneously criminalizing masks—because of protests—and mandating them because of COVID-19. In this interview, social theorist AK Thompson explores the history of masks in protests and why rioting is politically effective.

Kiese Laymon Poetry
Kiese Laymon
Elizabeth Hinton Minneapolis George Floyd Martin Luther King
Elizabeth Hinton

A proper understanding of urban rebellion depends on our ability to interpret it not as a wave of criminality, but as political violence.

Aaron Horvath Jean Lin community organizations COVID-19
Aaron Horvath Jean Lin

Nonprofits have proven to be critical links in the nation’s public health infrastructure, but even those with mandates unrelated to health and poverty relief are turning out to be integral to their communities’ survival.

St Louis COVID redlining
Walter Johnson Jason Q. Purnell Colin Gordon Jamala Rogers

Black Americans are dying of COVID-19 at much higher rates than whites, and nowhere more so than in St. Louis. This is the result of racist policies which collapsed the social safety net while setting blacks in the path of danger.

Mordecai Lyon COVID-19 rent strike
Mordecai Lyon

While the government and some banks have announced mortgage moratoriums, they have not insisted that rent relief be passed on to tenants. Many renters don’t know what they will do come April 1, let alone May 1.

McRae bird window strikes
Calista McRae

Since 1970 North America has lost 29 percent of its bird population. New York City alone kills almost a quarter of a million birds each year. More than most people, poets have tried to respond to these unremarked—and mostly preventable—deaths.

Brownsville Before Photo
Michael Gecan

The calculus of power isn’t defined by hits or clicks or tweets. It is measured in relationships and meaningful reactions over time.