All Green & No Black

There are more environmental groups now than ever. According to the Urban Institute, the number of environmental groups increased by almost 20 percent from 2003 to 2013. This is exciting for environmental groups overall. However, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is a disproportionate volunteer rate for these groups. 3.1 percent of white.. read more →

Foresight

Foresight is the ability to predict or the action of predicting what will happen or will be needed in the future.  Are you brave enough to look forward into the future?  20 years ago, the then mayor of Nashville, Phil Bredesen, had the foresight to see what was possible in the future.  He did the.. read more →

Earth Day 2017

  Last week we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus.  This week, we get to celebrate the earth as Earth Day is upon us.  It is our duty as Christians to care for the earth.  Being a good steward of the earth is a spiritual practice.  This is evident in scripture.  Genesis 2:15 tells us why.. read more →

Our Money, Our Responsibility

The United States economy is the most powerful in the world and the biggest economy in history.  This means consumers and workers run the economy.  The money we earn and spend are very powerful tools.  We must make wiser decisions on who gets the money we have earned.  This also means we have a responsibility.. read more →

P.I.M.P

  No, I am not talking about the popular books by Iceberg Slim or even the comedian Kat Williams.  I am talking about the environment.  P.I.M.P stands for Protect Improve and Make Pollution-free. President Trump signed an executive order ending many of the Obama administration’s climate change policies.   In response to this news, companies like.. read more →

I Want to Be Last

Our community has always been thought of first.  The first place to put something no one else wants.  Our communities are first when it comes to where to put a land fill, where to put a diesel storage facility, where to put a fertilizer plant or a paint manufacturing plant or a junk yard.  I.. read more →

Retreat is Not an Option

It is more cost effective to be proactive rather than reactive and that’s why we need the EPA.  The mission of the EPA is to protect human health and the environment.  We all benefit from the EPA because they protect us from significant risks to health and the environment where we live, work and play. .. read more →

The Great Divide

Liquid asset poverty is a measure of the liquid savings households have to cover basic expenses for three months if they experienced a sudden job loss, medical emergency or another financial crises.  According to a report from the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) , one third of the black residents in Chicago and Baltimore have.. read more →

Infrastructure: Our Problem

Do not be distracted.  We have become so obsessed with the lies, misuses of power and rhetoric from the White House we have lost sight of some of the real issues.  America’s infrastructure, which used to be the envy of the world, is falling apart and we have a lot of work to do to.. read more →

What are You Going to Do About It?

“There is no partial commitment to justice.  You are either in or you’re out.”  is a quote from the 1968 Olympic Bronze Medal winner Dr. John Carlos.  He is famous for the black glove and arm extended during the national anthem ceremony at the 1968 summer games in Mexico City.  What does the fist mean? .. read more →