In 1992, there were 451 homicides in DC and hundreds of nonfatal shooting injuries. (vs 161 last year and 70+ as of June 2019.) My plea then: Live in your community, celebrate the life within it, and help all of your neighbors to thrive.
News, Views, and Pews
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
Education Town Hall
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.
Say This Name
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
A Song Every Day
“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" ."
Notes for Whiteness History Month
A few thoughts on #Whiteness and its history in the United States.