Final breaths from every Tricia who planted seeds for all to enjoy, from every Moe who sought to stop retaliations,...
“This is a healing model for us as a community,” said April Goggans, looking out on a candle-lit circle of community members outside Marbury Plaza on November 1. The vigil marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Alonzo (Zo) Fiero Smith, age 27, who died following an encounter with special police officers (SPOs) at … Continue reading Community Backbone
My series on policing, with a focus on special (private) police and communities of color, is appearing in East of the River, a Capital Community Newspaper. Across the US, many individuals with badges, often armed, are accountable to no one except their private employer. Accountability and regulation of private security was found wanting in a … Continue reading Private Security with Badge (and Gun)
Virginia Spatz has reported -- regularly in some years, less often in others -- in Capital Community Newspapers, including the Hill Rag, Mid-City (DC North), and East of the River for 25 years. She regularly reported the monthly news for East of the River for five years. Her work has also appeared -- regularly in … Continue reading News, Views, and Pews
Virginia Spatz was feature reporter for We Act Radio's "Education Town Hall" program for several years and still maintains the program's website. Visit Education Town Hall for reports and program recordings.
DC Losses to Homicide. Mark every loss. Mourn. Organize. plus: Resources on Addressing Violence, with emphasis on Holistic Approaches and Gun Violence Prevention & People of Color
“Rabbi Akiva said: ‘Chant it every day, Chant it every day.'” (San 99b) What is piety? “A song every day, a song every day.” Every morning we begin with a prayer: “Make sweet, we beseech Thee, O Lord our God, the words of Thy Torah in our mouth.” There is a fountain in a sacred … Continue reading A Song Every Day
Virginia's contemporary midrash (writing from within sacred text) appears in Living Text Journal and All the Women Followed Her: A Collection of Writing on Miriam the Prophet and the Women of Exodus. See also "A Song Every Day" ."
A few thoughts on #Whiteness and its history in the United States.