Community Reinvestment

After weeks of sustained, peaceful mass protest against police brutality and structural racism, America finds itself at a tipping point.

The impact of COVID-19 in our community: Let’s Not Put Our Health at Risk

Washington, D.C., city attorney George Valentine was Black, brilliant, and fit. But after contracting COVID-19, he became so weak, he had trouble moving and even speaking.

Trapped with COVID-19 in a place where there is no social distancing

Upon the spread of the deadly virus of COVID-19, on March 14, 2020, while in the custody of NYSDOCCS, all visits were terminated until further notice, due to the deadly and crushing virus.

NYC budget—Now you see it, now you don’t

While a review of the police budget for fiscal year 2021 will show that one billion dollars less is recorded in its allocation.

Givly, the giving app

I recently filed my 2019 taxes and was quite disappointed in myself. The previous year I had pledged to tithe 10% of my salary to organizations doing good work in New York City and beyond.

Reflecting on The 1619 Project

In the wake of recent Black Lives Matter protests in response to the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer and the important dialog that has resulted, I am inclined to revisit The New York Times’ ...

URBAN AGENDA: Racial Reckoning Demands Police Reforms Across New York State

Despite protesters taking to American streets against police brutality and rising public support for reform, the police status quo still has the upper hand.

The American economic system works just fine—for white people

For the past four hundred years, and most recently after the brutal killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and other Black citizens by police forces in America,

Rep. Maxine Waters, ‘Donald Trump is More Focused on Saving Statues of Slaveholders & Confederate Generals than Protecting Americans from the Coronavirus’

Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ (CA-43) statement on Donald Trump’s negligence in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and his threats to protestors calling for the removal of statues of Confederate generals and slaveholders:

Trenton Anti-Violence Coalition moves into proactive gear

While everyone is raving over “Black Lives Matter” being painted on street blocks, I would have to surmise that we, as a people are stuck in a frenzy of symbol over substance.

Racial and economic justice forever intertwined

In America—and indeed the entire world—an unprecedented and long overdue conversation on racial justice is happening.

Phases 2 and 3: Are we ready?

Last week Mayor de Blasio announced New York City would be moving to Phase 2 of opening the city.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, is prison a ‘death sentence’ for correctional staff and our communities?

What happens in prison does not stay in prison.

Daily litany

The sun rose yesterday in Washington, D.C. at 6:02 a.m. I made my routine morning run in the silence of dawn, passing the Lincoln Memorial and running along the still water of the Reflecting Pool.

America should embrace prison returnees to our communities

I am pleased to work and live in our nation’s capital. Washington, DC is a city on the move progressively even amidst the continued existence of the COVID-19 pandemic.