Converting vacant buildings to housing for homeless New Yorkers might just save the Earth from climate change.
By Alex Davies, Communications Coordinator
In a January 2012 report, grassroots advocacy group Picture the Homeless surveyed vacant buildings and properties in New York City, finding enough space to house nearly 200,000 people — four times the homeless population of the city.
We’re pleased to announce Brandon Whitney is joining the Colin Powell Center as a 2012-2013 leader in residence. As the Center expands its work on environmental issues through its Partners for Change program, Whitney will guide the professional development activities and research projects of our fellows.
Two and a half years after receiving seed funding from the Colin Powell Center, the Community Agricultural Network is running a thriving urban garden in Hamilton Heights.
The City Agriculture Network (CAN) formed in the winter of 2010, funded by a Community Engagement Fellowship awarded to Kaizhong (Johnny) Huang by the Colin Powell Center. The goal of CAN, which received continued funding from the Center for 2010-2011, was to create a community garden from scratch in Hamilton Heights, and promote understanding and knowledge of the processes by which food can be created, distributed and consumed in a sustainable and equitable manner.
As a history buff, I have always been fascinated with the mystics of the ancient African city of Timbuktu. The city is renowned for its historical significance as the crossroads of civilizations. It is among the few places on the continent that still conjures up nostalgic images of Africa’s intellectual history and achievements. The great African empires of Songhai, Macina, and Mali all had roots in the city. In fact, most of modern West Africa can draw on Timbuktu’s long history of education, religion, and diversity.
In an astonishing act of civil disobedience, local residents of Toribio, a small town in southwest Colombia, demanded that government forces fighting the rebel FARC go home — and destroyed their fortifications to underscore the point.
NYC Chief Service Officer Diahann Billings-Burford explains why service-learning is the route to stronger education and communities.
By Diahann Billings-Burford, Chief Service Officer of NYC Service.
Last month, NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and I celebrated the accomplishments of more than 587,000 students who participated in service during the 2011-2012 school year as part of the City’s Service in Schools initiative. Thirty schools were recognized for student participation in projects that included working on a sustainable organic farm serving Crown Heights and leading workshops for elementary school students as part of City Year’s Young Heroes program in Hunts Point.
President Obama’s new immigration policy will give young illegals a form of amnesty, but leaves much to be desired.
Many undocumented students and workers–called DREAMers– now eagerly await more details about a new immigration policy that could alleviate their perpetual fears of deportation. News of the policy is a victory worth celebrating. But it still does not fulfill their hopes of becoming permanent residents or citizens in the country they call home. Continue reading “Keeping the Dream Alive — But Not Waking Up Yet”
Beginning with the Cold War and concluding with the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Hannah Gurman explores the overlooked opposition of U.S. diplomats to American foreign policy in the latter half of the twentieth century. During America’s reign as a dominant world power, U.S. presidents and senior foreign policy officials largely ignored or rejected their diplomats’ reports, memos, and telegrams, especially when they challenged key policies relating to the Cold War, China, and the wars in Vietnam and Iraq. The Dissent Papers recovers these diplomats’ invaluable perspective and their commitment to the transformative power of diplomatic writing. Continue reading “Center Coordinator Hosts an Open Discussion on Dissenting Diplomats”