A Soiled Picture of Art and Labor

A Soiled Picture of Art and Labor

Home care givers, fast food workers, and adjunct faculty all work in multi-billion-dollar industries — and have to fight for livable, sustainable wages. Artists also work, and struggle, in a multi-billion-dollar industry. Their $700 billion-a-year Industry of Art runs...
The Enduring Impact of Andy Shallal’s Mayoral Run

The Enduring Impact of Andy Shallal’s Mayoral Run

It’s not usually realistic for a candidate who came in 5th to credibly claim that he had a major impact on an election. Yet Andy Shallal did. When he launched his late-starting, outsider campaign for Mayor of Washington, D.C., local political conversations were about...
How I Exposed an Undercover Cop

How I Exposed an Undercover Cop

She was an undercover cop who called herself “Missy.” When I first met her four years ago, I couldn’t have known that the small-framed woman with spiky brown hair and intense eyes was anything but a fellow activist showing up for a protest in...
AIDS in Africa and Black America

AIDS in Africa and Black America

Thirty years ago, the CDC reported the first cases of HIV/AIDS in New York and Los Angeles. Initially thought to be a disease of gay white men, AIDS is now a global epidemic. Thirty-three million people worldwide were living with AIDS in 2010, with sub-Saharan Africa...

On D.C.’s U Street, Can’t We All Just Swagger Along?

Published in the Washington Post, August 9. Stephen A. Crockett’s article about “swagger-jacking” on U Street [“Stealing home?,” Metro, Aug. 3] got me all jacked up. I am one of the so-called “swagger-jackers” to whom he was...

The District Has a Youth Unemployment Crisis

DC youth between the ages of 16 to 19 are in crisis. They are experiencing unemployment levels 2.3 times the national average, reports the Justice Policy Institute in their latest research brief Working for a Better Future. The brief takes a look at the collateral...
The Humanity of Poetry

The Humanity of Poetry

Take it from Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple. “Poetry can be sharper than a sword in cutting through lies.” Every day, our politicians and pundits lie to us. They argue that our differences as Americans are greater than what we have in common....
Film: Wal-Mart; The High Cost of Low Price

Film: Wal-Mart; The High Cost of Low Price

Wal-Mart has plans to establish four stores in DC by 2012. Notorious for threatening small businesses, causing the loss of more jobs, and bringing lower wage standards for all workers to communities, concerned District of Columbia citizens and social justice advocates...

Washington Whistleblower Week

The “Whistleblower Week in Washington” conference promotes and encourages laws seeking to protect individuals’ civil rights and justice as well as the rights of truth tellers who report hazardous, illegal and unsafe conditions, and waste, fraud and...