As a subscriber to the paper (the Sunday paper only) and a daily reader of the local online news at Syracuse.com, I recently received a February 7, 2020 "Letter From The Editor" written by Trish LaMonte--the Editor and VP for content of the paper. (excuse me for being so dead tree-centric but I generally refer … Continue reading What Should Syracuse Dot Com Cover?
Syracuse Common Council meeting of the DPW committee 5-7-19 At the D.P.W. committee meeting at Common Council today, the discussion was on road paving (and thanks to our group--a bit on curbs/crosswalks.) There was a relatively short discussion on the need to ensure that there is sufficient public participation in the discussion before the Council … Continue reading Let the guy with the calculator decide?
“The organizer’s job is not to create conflict, but to expose the conflict that already exists. Conflict exists any time a landlord fails to maintain his property but collects rent, any place where children pass a drug house on the way to school and on and on. When this conflict is exposed it creates a … Continue reading On Conflict
Yeah, yeah--Happy Holidays etc. But, more importantly, just as when Public Enemy famously urged us to fight the power: “let’s get down to business/ mental self defense and fitness.” Our first action must be to combat the direct and immediate threats that will start on January 3rd, 2017 when the new Congress is seated: repeal … Continue reading “As You Walk You Make Your Own Road”
While attending a meeting of a coalition of groups that have been working together for about two years to improve the health and safety of the neighborhoods in the city of Syracuse, I was confronted with the quote you see above, the meeting facilitator had printed it out on a big sheet of newsprint hanging … Continue reading Why Can’t We Be Friends?
It's been a year of change here at "Still Racing . . ." After twenty years, I left my position as a community organizer with Syracuse United Neighbors. I have taken a new job as an advocate for disability rights with ARISE--a center for independent living (CIL) here in Syracuse. There are 37 CIL's in NY State … Continue reading Still Organizing In The Street
Twenty years ago today, I took a job that changed my life. I took a job that has become my career. I took a job that has become shorthand for how I explain myself to the world. I took a job that profoundly changed the way I look at government and politics. I took a … Continue reading Twenty Years Ago . . .