Economic Justice · Environment

Chicago’s Peterson Garden Project

What happens when you have a vacant lot in a city? Rather than leave the space empty, North Chicago is turning vacant lots into pop-up gardens. According to a Nation Swell article by Kathleen O’Brian, “North Chicago Vacant Lots Turn Into Pop-Up Gardens,” a local resident, Lamonda Joy, has taken these lots and transformed them… Continue reading Chicago’s Peterson Garden Project

Environment

Why are Tons of Oyster Shells Being Dumped Onto Louisiana’s Coast?

On NationSwell a couple of years ago, they posed the question, “Why are Tons of Oyster Shells Being Dumped Onto Louisiana’s Coast?” Little did I know, oyster shells are being recycled in an attempt to restore the shoreline in Louisiana. According to the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, since the program’s inception in 2014, more… Continue reading Why are Tons of Oyster Shells Being Dumped Onto Louisiana’s Coast?

Economic Justice · Human Rights · Hunger

What Is Poverty?

Getting involved with organizations that wish to strike out poverty is a noble mission. In order to understand why so many people are concerned with the plight of those living in poverty, it’s important to first answer the question, “What is poverty? The World Bank defines poverty this way: “Poverty is hunger. Poverty is lack… Continue reading What Is Poverty?

Economic Justice · Healthcare

J.B. Dondolo and Hospital Hope

*This is a reprint of the article I wrote for Equanimity Magazine, “From Start to Finish” profiling an organization I’m involved with, J.B. Dondolo. I wanted to take a moment and introduce you to a pet project of mine.* Whenever you start a project, you generally intend see it through to completion. This is the grounding… Continue reading J.B. Dondolo and Hospital Hope

Human Rights

A SWAT Team and a Family’s Tragedy

It may sound like a sensational headline, but over at Salon, Alecia Phonesavanh shared her story, “A SWAT team blew a hole in my 2-year-old son.” What’s particularly heart wrenching about this story is that the family had to sit there and endure the fact that their baby was crying due to hasty actions on… Continue reading A SWAT Team and a Family’s Tragedy

Economic Justice · Economic Justice

Organization Profile: Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that I have actually worked for. I helped to build a house in 2011 through their Women’s Build program. They are a great organization to be involved with.  You can see me playing amateur electrician in the image to the right. If you’re looking for volunteer work that… Continue reading Organization Profile: Habitat for Humanity

Environment

Recycling Confusion? Refresh Your Understanding of the Basics

It can be difficult to know what items you can and can’t recycle. Can you or can’t you recycle glossy paper? Are tin cans able to go into the recycling bin? Which plastics are recyclable? What should you never throw in the trash? TerraCycle has listed some basics in the article: Recycling Basics From TerraCycle: Items You Can… Continue reading Recycling Confusion? Refresh Your Understanding of the Basics