“It’s the top layer of the watershed from here on out!”

FEMA has ramped up considerably since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. As shocked as New Yorkers and other Sandy victims are with the proof of vulnerability, the number of domestic fatalities from Sandy stands at 109, while Katrina claimed 1,833. Many of Katrina's victims were poor, disabled, or elderly. Joan Sutton, writing for the Huffington Post, describes Sandy's impact on the elderly: "Now, we see pictures of what is called a mountain of debris. Surely it is a mountain of heartache."
FEMA has ramped up considerably since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. As shocked as New Yorkers and other Sandy victims are with the proof of vulnerability, the number of domestic fatalities from Sandy stands at 109, while Katrina claimed 1,833. Many of Katrina's victims were poor, disabled, or elderly. Joan Sutton, writing for the Huffington Post, describes Sandy's impact on the elderly: "Now, we see pictures of what is called a mountain of debris. Surely it is a mountain of heartache."

Levels of Healing

Election Eve 2012 Samdog came over with his boys, two of whom are regulars at the weekly Friendship Dinner. CNN's coverage of election results droned in the background while the kids bounced around the living room and Samdog's stories rumbled my mind. Friends from Kansas City touched base, hearkening back to the 1988 election when I had been a delegate for Jesse Jackson at the Democratic convention.
Election Eve 2012 Samdog came over with his boys, two of whom are regulars at the weekly Friendship Dinner. CNN's coverage of election results droned in the background while the kids bounced around the living room and Samdog's stories rumbled my mind. Friends from Kansas City touched base, hearkening back to the 1988 election when I had been a delegate for Jesse Jackson at the Democratic convention.

Engaging Preoccupation

A friend working on some Twitter research has created a visualization of Tweets containing the word “occupy.” Watching the barrage of names, emotions, attitudes, accusations, reports, insults could seep in like a bad dream, the social miasma of our times unfolding in real time. I find articulate voices making sense of what’s happening now among hip hop artists who are using their art to engage issues of social justice. At AJstream, Derrick Ashong asks Lupe Fiasco why the clear point of the Occupy Wall Street movement – ECONOMIC JUSTICE – is not translating to mainstream media.
A friend working on some Twitter research has created a visualization of Tweets containing the word “occupy.” Watching the barrage of names, emotions, attitudes, accusations, reports, insults could seep in like a bad dream, the social miasma of our times unfolding in real time. I find articulate voices making sense of what’s happening now among hip hop artists who are using their art to engage issues of social justice. At AJstream, Derrick Ashong asks Lupe Fiasco why the clear point of the Occupy Wall Street movement – ECONOMIC JUSTICE – is not translating to mainstream media.

Weather and Uncertainty: Warn or Wait?

One of the striking things that I learned about Americans when I began doctoral studies in the field of Communication is that there is a positive identity function to talking about the weather. If you’ve got to interact with a stranger one thing we all experience is the weather. Rather than being superficial, talking about the weather is a small … Read more...

A Massive Leap of Imagination: Beyond Coal

If we had not argued so vigorously, I would not have thought so much about the potentials of pursuing this conversation...to set the planet on the path to climate recovery requires unprecedented cooperation across borders and among peoples. My friends' critique was targeted at U.S. unilateralism. Is Beyond Coal simply a(nother) movement by the (mainly white) middle-class so we can feel good about ourselves without giving regard to the consequences of our good deeds upon others? (Disclosure: I am white and middle-class.) "We need an unprecedented outpouring of human generosity, a massive leap of imagination, a kind of creativity that the world has never seen."
If we had not argued so vigorously, I would not have thought so much about the potentials of pursuing this conversation...to set the planet on the path to climate recovery requires unprecedented cooperation across borders and among peoples. My friends' critique was targeted at U.S. unilateralism. Is Beyond Coal simply a(nother) movement by the (mainly white) middle-class so we can feel good about ourselves without giving regard to the consequences of our good deeds upon others? (Disclosure: I am white and middle-class.) "We need an unprecedented outpouring of human generosity, a massive leap of imagination, a kind of creativity that the world has never seen."