A powerful grassroots movement campaigned in the ’70s and ’80s for banks to reinvest equitably in red-lined urban communities. It failed—but why?
“What if we identified the politics of municipal debt as circumscribing political horizons and futures?”
“They all wanted to imagine a different possibility of an integrated neighborhood, where folks worked together.”
“We don't have a party. That doesn't mean we need one big organization. We may need a few big organizations. But we need organizations!”
Racial-justice movements in higher education offer a template for how to dislodge education’s focus on entrenching prestige.
“We need to have both the reparation and the universal perspective on economic justice.”
In the contemporary United States, higher education does more to exaggerate than relieve class and cultural divisions.
When prospective home buyers hire a real estate agent, they may end up getting more than they had pictured themselves bargaining for.
"So many people don’t think about food as political."
“Why read and write about literature while the world burns?” Because, in working to end the oppression faced by so many, the humanities can help.
We can begin where we live, because our neighbors and neighborhoods shape us in ways that are invisible but invigorating.
COVID-19 is the first truly comprehensive crisis of the Anthropocene era, affecting virtually everyone on the planet.
Today—as in 1968—it remains to be seen if McDonald’s pivot toward racial justice will mean anything for how it treats its scores of Black workers.
Occupy Wall Street’s great achievement was to briefly create a community that prefigured a robust democratic culture.
Before 2020, the relationship that is the body was already ailing. COVID-19 heightens the need to heal it.
A politics of rage does not equate emotions with irrationality or impulsive behavior, but can affirm equality, claim agency, and ask for justice.
The COVID-19 global pandemic has been described as an unprecedented global event. Yet for some, the virus arrives with uncanny familiarity.
Rather than studying birds—and birders—in isolation, the time has come to see both as linked to the crises of racism and climate change.
Could architecture and design transform a place like Gaza, and do so with justice? One of Sorkin’s last projects tackled exactly those questions.
Today we know that, just as Adam Smith and Thomas Jefferson predicted, economic elites will never relinquish supreme power easily.