After the Coal Rush

Dissent, April 26, 2021 In Montceau-les-Mines, a French town once dependent on coal mining, there was no just transition from fossil fuels. Once a left-leaning industrial hub, Montceau today is an open field for the far right. If there’s one part of the world that’s synonymous with wine, it’s the region of Burgundy, in east-central … Continue reading After the Coal Rush

The secret ingredient in Paris’ green public housing

Grist, March 30, 2021 How cannabis can be part of an affordable housing future — not just one for eco-conscious elites. Winter in Paris is notoriously clammy, and this winter was no exception. But Gregory Ferembach didn’t need to turn on his heat much. One reason? The walls in his public housing building are lined … Continue reading The secret ingredient in Paris’ green public housing

Will Rental Vouchers to Prevent Homelessness Make the State Budget?

New York Focus, March 29, 2021 The legislature is pushing for a statewide rental assistance program that advocates say would be one the largest efforts to combat homelessness in recent memory. After more than five years living in New York City’s homeless shelter system, Milton Perez has one goal: “to get the hell out.”  The … Continue reading Will Rental Vouchers to Prevent Homelessness Make the State Budget?

Top state lawmakers oppose Cuomo’s push to override NYC’s landmark climate law

New York Focus, February 18, 2021 A new analysis finds that the governor’s proposal would “completely undermine” New York City’s climate law, setting the stage for a clash with the newly emboldened legislature. It’s just two paragraphs, buried toward the end of the nearly 4,000 pages making up Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed state budget for … Continue reading Top state lawmakers oppose Cuomo’s push to override NYC’s landmark climate law

New York’s notorious Rikers Island jail could become a renewable energy hub

France 24, February 12, 2021 It’s long been one of the United States’ most infamous jails. Now Rikers Island looks set to become a renewable energy hub, a plan for which New York City environmental justice organizers have campaigned since the closure of the jail complex was announced in 2019. For many Americans, the name … Continue reading New York’s notorious Rikers Island jail could become a renewable energy hub

After a ‘smooth’ Election Day, Pennsylvania holds its breath for final vote count

France 24, November 24, 2020 In Philadelphia, the largest city in the key swing state of Pennsylvania, Election Day voting largely proceeded without the tensions that many feared. But with final results not expected for several days, the suspense is far from over. If media reports were any indication, the leadup to this year’s presidential … Continue reading After a ‘smooth’ Election Day, Pennsylvania holds its breath for final vote count

In Key Cities, Activists Are Mobilizing Black Voters Biden Isn’t

The Nation, October 29, 2020 According to canvassers in battleground states, the Democratic Party hasn’t done enough to reach out to the very constituency it relies on most. Detroit may be a car capital, but Wendy Caldwell-Liddell wants to meet at the bus station. The 29-year-old founder of Mobilize Detroit canvasses there regularly, because she … Continue reading In Key Cities, Activists Are Mobilizing Black Voters Biden Isn’t

En Pennsylvanie, le gaz de schiste s’invite dans la campagne présidentielle

France 24, 17 octobre 2020 Dans la course à la Maison Blanche, le gaz de schiste et la Pennsylvanie sont presque devenus synonymes. Pourtant, dans l’un des comtés de l’État produisant le plus de gaz, la relation des habitants avec cette industrie est bien plus complexe que prévu. Reportage. La famille de Rose Friend, 83 … Continue reading En Pennsylvanie, le gaz de schiste s’invite dans la campagne présidentielle

In Pennsylvania, fracking might not be the winning issue US presidential candidates think it is

France 24, October 13, 2020 In the battle for the White House, Pennsylvania and fracking have become all but synonymous. Yet in one of the state’s largest gas-producing counties, FRANCE 24 found residents’ relationship with the industry to be far more vexed than the national debate suggests. Rose Friend’s family has a long history with … Continue reading In Pennsylvania, fracking might not be the winning issue US presidential candidates think it is

Covid-19: How the meat industry became a global health liability

France 24, May 24, 2020 From South Dakota to Brazil to Germany, meat processing workers around the world have been among the hardest hit by Covid-19. Will the pandemic force us to rethink our food system? It started in South Dakota. On March 25, even as some of the biggest US cities were just going … Continue reading Covid-19: How the meat industry became a global health liability