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08
May 2018

Five May Adventures

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Adventures can range from a hike in the park to a museum ramble to travel to an international destination. Team McKinney scouted both near and far to find Five Fun Things happening in May designed to feed your spirit and spark your creative fires. Check them out.   Near   Dancing Through the Flames: How

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08
May 2018

Five Cookout Essentials

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Cookouts take time—the whole point is to enjoy a relaxing afternoon that glides effortlessly into evening. Whether you’re grilling meat, fish or veggies—this is a process that must not be rushed. If you want fast food—head to Mickey D’s. These five cookout essentials can take the sting out of waiting.   Playlist A mellow cookout

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10
Apr 2018

Green Notes ~ Books on Mother Earth

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To help observe the 48th annual International Earth Day, Team McKinney has surfaced five fantastic green reads  — from the Flint water crisis to immigrant challenges to youth climate activism – that bring the reality of environmental justice and intersectional struggle sharply into focus. Toxic Communities Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility Dorceta E.

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07
Mar 2018

Sandra Mattavous-Frye: Power Gladiator

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Sandra Mattavous-Frye doesn’t look like a legal gladiator. In a town that celebrates naked power, she’s demure – a self-confessed introvert. She chooses her words with quiet precision, positioning each like the pearls draped around her neck. The diminutive stature and soft demeanor is just a foil. When Mattavous-Frye walks into a hearing room or

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07
Mar 2018

Bhairavi Desai: Champion for the Forgotten

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“Half my heart is just crushed. The other half is on fire.” Bhairavi Desai uttered those words after a New York City taxi driver dramatically committed suicide last month. Desai is co-founder of the 19,000-member strong New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTA). Born in Gujarat, India, Desai immigrated to New Jersey at six years old. 

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07
Mar 2018

Carmen Yulin Cruz: Fearless in Disaster

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“Dammit, this is not a good news story. This is a ‘people are dying’ story. It’s a life or death story.” With that impassioned call to arms, Carmen Yulin Cruz, the firebrand mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico leapt onto the national stage. Cruz was emphatic about the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria and the

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08
Nov 2017

No Holiday for Hunger

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Zip codes surrounding our nation’s capital reflect an unparalleled perch of privilege, influence, and access. But in this land of plenty, far too many residents face a daily struggle with hunger and malnutrition. Organizations are fighting back. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we spotlight some of the leading food justice champions in DC and across

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09
Oct 2017

Hailing Columbus Day ~ Myth Busters of a Mariner Lost At Sea

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A fitting tribute to “Columbus Day” is to explode myths that surround this explorer. We share a few facts to counter the fictions which mark the observance.   Myth 1: Columbus set out to prove the world was round. He was more than a little late to the party—a couple of thousand years to be

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01
Sep 2017

As we mark Labor Day and the movement that brought us accepted norms ranging from the 40-hour work week to protections against child labor abuses, here’s some good reads chronicling labor struggles.   The Jackson Project Phil Cohen’s memoir gets it right. Taking readers inside his local union and the factory floor, Cohen doesn’t flinch

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21
Jul 2017

Vestiges of the Unheard in the Motor City

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“A riot is the language of the unheard.”             Martin Luther King, Jr. In July 1967, the nation was rocked by civil disturbances in northern cities. In Detroit it took the authorities five days to quell the outbreak. There were 43 fatalities, 33 of them Black, and some 7,000 people were arrested. Detroit bears the indelible

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