photo by A. Ferraro

Where the Streetcars Roam

Oh, give me a home where the streetcars roam. Where the children vote on participatory budgeting projects all week. Where seldom is heard a discouraging word on new school construction and the skies are not cloudy all day. It might come as a surprise to hear there are exciting government projects underway in our own backyard! I thought you might… Read more →

Is it the end of learning leaders?

Learning Leaders Closing After 60 Years?!

Public school parents recently received a message announcing, “Learning Leaders Closing After 60 Years.” The organization trains and manages 4,500 classroom volunteers citywide with only 20 full-time employees and will dissolve on March 15th. The letter explained that despite increasing private funding, the NYC Department of Education would not provide reliable or adequate support. As a result, “we cannot leverage… Read more →

photo by A. Ferraro

Protest is Not the New Brunch!

Protest is not the New Brunch. Brunch is generally a comfortable affair that requires two hours of a lovely Sunday. There is usually warmth, seating and napkins. Typically brunch does not involve shouting in the rain. Brunch does not make you angry—usually. I know I’ve never been arrested at brunch. Brunch doesn’t feel like a second job. Brunch is not… Read more →

photo by A. Martinelli

When Women March

The night before the inauguration, Brooklyn women had insomnia. Greetings on the street started with, “I can’t believe this is really happening.” “I can’t even say the word President and Trump together.” “Who will investigate him now?” Insomnia can be a sign of post-traumatic election disorder. I am certain I have the disorder. My symptoms include constantly checking my newsfeed.… Read more →