Why I Vote

Why I Vote

DESCRIPTION: While there are many reasons to be discouraged about this fall’s elections and to not bother to vote, I offer three reasons I choose to vote: I am an internationalist; government’s job is to defend the poor, and  out of necessity I live and...
Reflections on Freire50

Reflections on Freire50

This past week (October 18-19) I had the privilege of attending the Freire50 conference at the University of South Carolina commemorating the 50th anniversary of the publication of Paulo Freire’s groundbreaking book,  Pedagogy of the Oppressed. There were...
Is Our Democracy in Trouble?

Is Our Democracy in Trouble?

On September 14 I attended a symposium at the University of Pennsylvania entitled “Democracy in Trouble?” featuring renowned political scientists from across the United States and Europe. Throughout the day they spoke about various challenges facing democratic...
Community Development as Human Development

Community Development as Human Development

Recently, I attended the 10th Annual meeting of the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) that was being held in Philadelphia. The meeting gathered together several hundred people from across the country involved in various...
The Unfinished Life

The Unfinished Life

This past summer I celebrated my 65th birthday. When it comes to age there are certain numbers in our culture that carry extra significance;18,21, 40 and 65 are such numbers. On that particular day, I was in Oark, Arkansas where my wife and I had rented an AirBnB...
The Problem is Not Trump, Its Us

The Problem is Not Trump, Its Us

Could WE be the Problem? The recent series of gaffes, insults and “mis-statements” by President Trump have brought another round of calls for action by Democrats, and muted criticisms coupled with deliberate inaction by embarrassed Republicans. Talk shows from Fox...