Yes, I love Englewood. I love the people because they refuse to quit.
I love the vacant lots because I can envision growth. I love the schools because I can envision a child learning to read and developing a love for knowledge. Block by block, Englewood shall rise and reclaim our children and community, and I love that too.
– Evelyn Johnson
from the Journal of Ordinary Thought, or JOT (Fall 2008), published by the Neighborhood Writing Alliance.
The Neighborhood Writing Alliance is an organization based at 60th Street that “provokes dialogue and promotes change by creating opportunities for adults in the inner city of Chicago to write, publish, and perform works about their lives”. They also publish the Journal of Ordinary Thought. I am a fan.
Join them tomorrow night:
Choosing Food – screening of the movie Soul Food.
Thursday, February 19th
800 S Halsted
After the movie screens, join activist LaDonna Redmond in a discussion on food and community. She’ll talk about her perspectives on the local food movement; the lack of diversity in dialogue about local, sustainable food; and the unavailability of fresh and healthy food in certain neighborhoods, including the “food deserts” on Chicago’s West and South sides.This event is free, but reservations are required. Please call NWA at 773-684-2742 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.