“Nobody in this political moment feels like they have the skills to confront the enormity of what’s going on,” says Kayla Santosuosso, an organizer of the Accompany Project. “We’re in a moment when people are feeling vulnerable enough, and open enough, to show up to something that they might not have shown up to a year ago.”
1,000 words for The Progressive Magazine, March 2017,
“This summer I decided to leave my comfort zone, geographically and ideologically, and take a road trip.”
5,000 words. For The Progressive Magazine. Published October 2017.
Given its present condition, it’s hard to believe that during the late Ottoman period this building was one of the most famous in Palestine.
650 words. For Moment Magazine, July 2017.
A Ku Klux Klan banner shocks a small town—and brings back memories of deeply rooted prejudices.
1500 words for Moment Magazine, May 2017.
The Peacemaking program adapts Native American conflict resolution strategies to New York City court cases within the Justice Center’s catchment area – police precincts 72, 76, and 78. It is the first such program in the country, and Officer Williams is among the first police officers to receive the training.
2,600 words for The Red Hook Star-Revue, December 2016.
Hurricane Sandy badly affected the Red Hook Houses, worsening the already uncomfortable living conditions for Red Hook’s 6,217 NYCHA residents. Four years after the storm, a process is underway not only to repair the damage, but to improve Red Hook’s NYCHA development overall.
2,800 words for the Red Hook Star-Revue, October 2016.
Jaheim Smallwood, a 23-year-old resident of Red Hook, was fatally shot Tuesday, July 19 outside his home at 75 Bush Street.
400 words for the Red Hook Star-Revue, August 2016.
Although the Stevens Institute of Technology professor and veteran urban planner has no formal role on any of the citizen’s committees or research teams or councils of public officials attempting to guide Red Hook’s future post-Sandy, Washburn is hard at work generating ideas that defy traditional definitions of resilience here and around the world.
1,600 words for the Red Hook Star-Revue, September 2016.
Recent research at Colorado State University suggests there is a strong link between some classes of pesticides and mental-health issues such as depression.
800 words for Agriview, May 2016
In 2008, the Israeli Army still communicated with the world through faxes and beepers, and “the website looked like it had walked out of 1995.” Moments of crisis prompted innovation in new media, and “once they got it, they ran with it.”
12 minutes, for TLV! Radio, July 2015.
This largely hidden Dane County workforce of subcontractors, the norm at most big-box retailers, works for low pay and no benefits, and has tenuous legal recourse when workplace violations occur.
2,600 words for Isthmus, June 2015.
This weekend, Milwaukee’s Hmong community will host a New Year Celebration. Pang Xiong came to Wausau from Thailand with her family as a refugee when she was two years old. When she was a senior in high school, Pang became Miss Hmong Wisconsin and runner-up for Miss Hmong International.
4 minutes for Wisconsin Life, December 2014.
25I, which is in a family of drugs also known as “n-bomb” and “smiles,” is part of a new wave of synthetic street psychedelics that have been gaining in popularity among young, white Madisonians. Lt. Jason Freedman, a Madison police officer who is part of the Dane County Narcotics Task Force, says that in coming years these drugs may overshadow heroin as the focus of his unit.
2,600 words for Isthmus. April 2015.
Unable to find housing near his family in Marinette County, Brooks was called back to Madison by the probation office. He expected to be confined inside a Dane County halfway house. His probation officer had different plans for him.
1,100 words for Isthmus, July 2013.
Teaching assistants are graduate students who work for the university in exchange for tuition remission, health insurance and a living stipend. They are paid little and work hard for their keep. A typical TA with a 41% appointment might make $12,091 in a year.
2,700 words for Isthmus, November 2013.
Dane County has a national-caliber farmers' market, and Madison has impressive foodie credentials, but the Madison Metropolitan School District serves 19,000 meals a day (PDF) based on products supplied by such corporations as Tyson, Cargill and AdvancePierre.
1,200 words for Isthmus, January 2014.
Faris Altamimi, Hamed Alyami and Tim Alruwaili are among the 131 students this term at the Wisconsin English Second Language Institute, better known by its acronym WESLI.
500 words for Isthmus, March 2015.
Brent looks terrible. The whole right side of his face is purple and scabbed over. Still, he smiles. “I fell off Monona Terrace,” he says, laughing. “Forgot my parachute.”
500 words for Isthmus, April 2015.
Ridglan Farms breeds beagles for research. In 2014, it housed 3,733 beagles, 622 of which were experimented upon in some fashion at the farm itself, according to Burns. Its breeding colony consists of around 750 bitches and 70 studs.
3,000 words for Isthmus, March 2015.
As the UW-Madison's first professor in Hmong American Studies -- the only tenure-track faculty in his field in the world -- Xiong is working to help the university connect with the Hmong community. Yang Sao Xiong has only been in Madison for a year and a half, but the process that brought him here was 20 years in the making.
2,500 words for Isthmus, December 2014.
In his 21 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's veterinary school, Eric Sandgren has seen a lot of controversies. But the UW's most prominent defender of animal research has never seen anything like this.
2,700 words for Isthmus and The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, July 2014.