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EVANSTON, IL: Search for new City Manager — Community input survey

CHOOSING A NEW CITY MANAGER FOR A U.S. CITY IN 2020 I’d like to frame the search for a new City Manager in the crises of the moment. We are living in a time of growing and interlocking crises—the COVID pandemic, climate destruction, and all the inequalities caused by human cruelty, human stupidity, and human […]

JULY 4, 2020: USA Beginning Again? It’s in the Air

This week, Haymarket Books has been advertising a discussion about Eddie Glaude, Jr.’s new book, Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and its Urgent Lessons for our Own. The conversation was between Glaude and Cornel West and by every Twitter account, it was a terrific one. I’m sure I’ll listen and watch it very soon.   First, […]

CITIZEN COMMENT Evanston, IL: COVID Bailout Plan for Local Economies

On April 9, 2020, the Public Banking Institute released a short and pithy economic relief plan for real people (not corporate “people”) and local economies. In its Open Letter to Congress, PBI outlines four immediate actions. Last night (April 13, 2020) during a City Council meeting (being held virtually because of social distancing), I made […]

COVID CASH Part 2: “Evanston, IL Helicopter Money” — pilot project cover letter

On April 5, 2020, I sent this email to 50+ residents and business owners in my hometown — Evanston, Illinois. The email was a cover letter to my proposal for getting some quick cash to all Evanston residents during this first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposal is in a separate blog:COVID Cash: Emergency […]

EVANSTON, IL: A Political Economy Newsletter (March 13, 2020)

This informal newsletter features timely Evanston-connected information in bite-sized formats. The purpose of this newsletter is fourfold — growing our community consciousness, creating a real democracy, restoring our natural resources (air, water, soil, ourselves), and supporting each other economically — one event, one person, one project, one epiphany at a time. Special note to those who are […]

Reinventing Cooperative Extension: Partner with Local Public Libraries

I recently sent a version of this blog to some food-and-farm colleagues as a possible idea for “big picture” system change, without reinventing the wheel. This is basically a re-purposing of two U.S. institutions, to the benefit of both and for the benefit of all Americans—rural, urban, suburban, including non-humans (soil, water, air, plants, animals, […]

Presidential Politics + Food & Farm Justice: Starting with Impeachment….

Slightly edited version of a posting made to three major U.S. food-and-farm listservs: COMFOOD (Tufts Univ.) Food Policy Networks – FPN (Johns Hopkins Univ.) Regeneration Midwest (serving 12 states) CONTENTS 1. INTRODUCTION 2. Beginning an IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY 3. QUESTIONS FOR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES 4. PRESIDENTIAL PLATFORMS on food-and-farm 5. PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES 6. INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE ANNOUNCES 1. […]