Here’s to Another Year of Action

Happy New Gregorian/Western Calendar New Year! I look forward to the new years that different folks will celebrate in the coming days. Anyway, here we are with a quick post about a few items of note. Black Asheville 2014 First off, I am belated in sharing the blog post Sheneika Smith of Date My City wrote in December entitled, “Black Asheville 2014: Transformative Milestones.” I encourage you to click that title and read it – the post highlights positive initiatives that are happening on institutional and grassroots levels. It’s inspiring, and you may discover some exciting things going on in … Continue reading Here’s to Another Year of Action

Liberation Through Cooperation

This is an online story I wrote for the Mountain Xpress about a great group: The Ujamaa Freedom Market, which promotes “Liberation through Cooperation,” is a worker-owned cooperative mobile market which brings fresh local foods to underserved communities in Asheville. According to its website, Ujamaa “promotes social, economic, environmental and food justice by serving as a model for self-sufficiency while educating and inspiring healthy relationships with food in order to strengthen the quality of life and health and well-being of the community.” Co-owners Olufemi Lewis and Calvin Allen have been operating a weekly booth on Depot Street, selling locally grown … Continue reading Liberation Through Cooperation