Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Photos & Phenoms
A good friend and former teaching colleague of Tom's joined us in the D last weekend. Craig Landino is the photography teacher and the yearbook advisor at Capistrano Valley H.S. He is a father of 6 and husband of 1 (Julie!). We had a rich 48 hours bantering about Life over pupusas, pizza and good coffee. Tom coaxed him to come out to the Eastside and shoot photos for an article that Tom is getting published in the June issue of a magazine called The Mennonite.
Lindsay continues to ramp up her work with the women of We The People of Detroit, with organization of trainings, water delivery and the water hotline. Canvassing neighborhoods hard hit by water shut-offs will begin at the end of May. There are two pressing needs as we move into this phase of bringing aid to victims of the city's draconian water shut-offs (800 notices per day are going out in these early weeks of Spring): (1) a consistently working laptop and (2) funds to purchase gallons of water for delivery to the most desperate residents. Shoot us an email if you can help. Here are water justice phenoms Monica, Debra and Chris with Pastor Bill yesterday at their new office at St. Peter's.
Tom, meanwhile, has been managing the parish hall Peace & Justice Hive. New organizations are moving in left and right as the city gears up for a lot of advocacy and activism during the months when the sun is out.
Things have definitely gotten busier these past few weeks. We're still trying to find time to read & meditate compelling articles and essays on what's going on in the world. Here's our short list of insightful and inspiring reads:
-Gentrification & Race: Can We Have a Real Conversation? by Bill Wylie-Kellermann
-How Western Media Would Have Covered Baltimore If It Happened Elsewhere by Karen Attiah
-What Black Moms Know by Ylonda Gault Caviness
-Nonviolence as Compliance by Ta-Nehisi Coates