Last day for $25 YMCA

Frustrating internet speed issues continue, and have combined with an aging computer and some awful bad luck to continue to delay my release of video from Plainfield’s Tuesday discussion of mass incarceration. I’ll stop promising release dates, but according to Youtube it will be online tonight. Take that with a grain of salt. I’m just…

Plainfield talks decarceration (still no video)

Update 7:14am 2/26: Due to unprecedented failures on the part of my computer, you can expect the video tomorrow morning folks. Unfortunately, there will be a slower than planned release of all the media from that night. Update 2:20pm 2/25: I am at work waiting for notification that my home computer has finished uploading the video.…

Incarceration, by the numbers

The Decarcerate Plainfield and NJ Youth panel discussion is tomorrow, Tuesday, February 24. Take a glimpse at mass incarceration through these 24 mind-blowing stats about the size and scope of prison in America, and its inequality: 1.  The US has the highest prison population, by both proportion and number, in the world, having 5% of…

Library Poetry Slam set for Saturday

On Saturday, February 21st, the Friends of the Plainfield Public Library will host Plainfield hip-hop duo Negros Americanos at its Black History Poetry Jam. The group’s performance will be followed by an open mic session where all are invited to take part, or to enjoy local performers. The event is set to take place from…

Plainfield photographer releases #BlackLivesMatter ebook

Plainfield teacher and photographer Joel Plummer is an Instagram must-follow if there ever was one (@plummerphotos). Mr. Plummer’s professional photos are largely sports related, while the pictures he shares online also center on family life and the socio-political realm. On Thursday, Joel Plummer released an ebook of powerful images, video, and commentary about the increased political activism during the past…

Plainfield to Discuss Islam in Black America

Islam in black America goes back to the very beginning, literally. Somewhere between seven and thirty percent of blacks who arrived as slaves in America are said to have been Muslim, due to the influence of large Islamic Empires in Africa. Examples of authentic Arabic texts were found in the pre-civil War South – most…

BOE meetings moved; Lady Cardinals and Vikings to feature

After experimenting with supplemental auditorium lighting during the first Board of Education business meeting of the year, earlier this month the BOE voted to move its monthly assembly to PHS cafeteria. The move is effective for next week’s February 17th business meeting, and addresses concerns about lighting and proximity to the public, both of which…