I know this post is a long time coming (after all, we’re already two months into 2014), but before we trekked too far into the not-so-New Year—where talks of 2013 are instead whispers suffocating under premonitions of 2015—I wanted to publish the second part of my year in review: my 12 favorite articles I have written last year. The list is in ascending order, and reflect those features that are most in-depth, fascinating, vital and—in most cases—revealing.
I hope you’ve had a chance to read most of these articles when they were first published, but if not, I invite you to read them now and hopefully become exposed to a new topic or issue, or connect with a subject you find interesting. And, as always, I invite your feedback, so please do not hesitate to comment on this post.
Here’s to a productive 2014!
1. How Domestic Violence Survivors Get Evicted From Their Homes After Calling the Police RH Reality Check, 6/4/13
‘An examination of a city ordinance in Norristown, Pennsylvania, reveals a nationwide problem: In dozens of cities, “disorderly conduct” ordinances discourage domestic violence survivors from calling the police, lest they face eviction from their homes.’
2. Special Caregiver Feature: Walking the Line Between Caregiver and Life Partner Quest Magazine, 11/19/13
‘Two couples affected by Becker muscular dystrophy discuss the challenges and joys of making a relationship work when one partner has a chronic disease.’
3. #SolidarityIsForTheAbleBodied, and Feminism’s Ableism Problem RH Reality Check, 12/19/13
While the hashtag shined a light on how ableism is a systemic issue in all political and societal respects, it also revealed something that has long been known by some, but that has been unrecognized by others: that feminism has an ableism problem.
Swarthmore is among a number of colleges and universities that are being investigated by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights for violating Title IX by creating a “hostile environment” and discouraging students from reporting or pursuing disciplinary action against sexual misconduct.
5. Local photographer JJ Tiziou launches Kickstarter campaign for new project, ‘Everyone is Photogenic’ West Philly Local, 9/13/13
In the fall, West Philly photographer JJ Tiziou launched ‘Everybody is Photogenic,’ a community-centered portrait photography project he hoped to fund through Kickstarter that aimed to “remind people that real beauty is not dependent on physical appearance in the first place.” (Since his Kickstarter wasn’t fully funded, Tiziou has since put the project on-hold.)
6. Being a Transgender Student in the United States: An Uneven Landscape RH Reality Check, 9/10/13
While there have been recent transgender rights victories for students in California and Colorado, there are also plenty of roadblocks in guaranteeing equal representation and protection.
‘Royal Oak, Mich. passed a human rights ordinance protecting its LGBT citizens this Election Day. Community organizations and nonprofit task forces are working to pass ordinances like these across the country, but it turns out, in 2013, smaller cities with less visible LGBT communities have been the ones to vote yes.’
8. His ‘Personal’ Muscular Dystrophy: Nathan Jenkins’ Story Quest Magazine, 10/3/13
‘Nathan Jenkins, almost 10 years old, is a fourth-grader living in Greenville, S.C. The family has been told that Nathan has an as-yet-undiagnosed form of LGMD that is probably recessively inherited. But, in spite of the challenges, Nathan excels in school and enjoys water activities, MDA summer camp and adapted baseball.’
9. The Face of Pregnancy Discrimination RH Reality Check, 5/1/13
“What we keep hearing in this country is a lot of ‘family values.’ What could be a truer family value than to make sure the people who want to work, who have children have gainful employment?”
10. West Philly screenwriter and actor Yao Nunoo nominated for Best Actor award West Philly Local, 6/19/13
With a handful of small productions, a full-length feature, and acting credits under his belt, Nunoo has forged a name for himself in the community—one further elevated by his recent African Film Development Awards’ (AFDA) “Best African Actor in Diaspora” nomination for his role as Ghanaian National Police Inspector Boniface Koomsin in the Ghana-based thriller, The Destiny of Lesser Animals.
11. As holidays approach, more help coming to improve “West Philly’s Main Street” West Philly Local, 12/9/13
Over the past five years, the Enterprise Center’s Community Development Corporation (TEC-CDC) has invested in the renewal of 52nd Street, a once busy commercial corridor hit hard by the 10-year Market-Frankford EL reconstruction project. … As part of those efforts, TEC-CDC recently hired Akeem Dixon as the retail gateway’s first-ever Commercial Corridor Manager, made possible by support from the Philadelphia Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC).
The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill faces yet another U.S. Department of Education investigation — this time over allegations that the university retaliated against sophomore Landen Gambill for filing a federal complaint against UNC-Chapel Hill over its handling of sexual assault cases.