Care in the City

Scientists and health care professionals often appeal to the concept of ‘herd,’ or ‘community immunity’ when discussing the value of vaccines. The greater the number of people in a community that have been vaccinated for a particular pathogen, the greater the...
Access

Access

Image: Ink sketch by the article author of the stairs down to a subway station including an advertisement sign with the legible question, INJURED? This article is the first of a series, entitled ‘Precarious Lives’, that the author will be presenting here. ...
Rethinking Environmental Justice

Rethinking Environmental Justice

New York City, and other “global” cities (e.g., Los Angeles, Delhi, Cairo), are facing twin assaults in the twenty-first century—the “creative destruction” of the capitalist world market in property and labor, and the “climate catastrophe” of rising sea levels, heat...
Echoes

Echoes

Shortly after I moved to New York some years ago, I found myself at a demonstration against two police officers who were accused of rape. They had reportedly been called to assist an inebriated young woman, but one of them raped her while the other served as lookout....
Reform, Don’t Abolish, the NYPD

Reform, Don’t Abolish, the NYPD

“What do you do with an institution [police] whose core function is the control and elimination of black people specifically, and people of color and the poor more broadly? You abolish it.” Thus writes Mychal Denzel Smith, echoing James Baldwin’s anguish some 50 years...