Despite legal interventions challenging the legitimacy and safety of Enbridge’s Line 3, oil pipeline construction is advancing in northern Minnesota, causing immediate environmental impacts to waterways and the death of one pipeline worker. Both activists and scientists question the merits of the pipeline’s approval process and the scientific standards upon which regulatory agencies evaluated Enbridge’s proposal.

In 2014, the Canadian multinational corporation Enbridge Energy proposed replacing a portion of its aging Line 3 pipeline, which carries crude oil from the boreal forest of Canada to the shores of Lake Superior in Wisconsin. …


Brushing teeth, prepping food, helping with mobility and transportation- these are all activities that caregivers clients with. Caregivers work with people to complete daily living tasks and also stay connected to the broader community. Professionally, their titles include personal care assistant, homemaker, and certified nursing assistant among others, with care functions varying from house maintenance to physical and medical needs. Often, people get into this field through care for a family member or begin care for someone connected to them through family or friends — caregivers I spoke to mentioned caring for their grandma, a cousin, and kids at a…


Twitter is a behemoth for information. It’s a constantly updating archive of public opinion, links to stories, and up to the minute updates about what’s happening right now everywhere with over +500 million tweets sent each day, according to social media wizard, LuisMiguelEchegaray. A tweet on its own is like a single thread un-sewn. But when these threads come together, reflecting popular narratives or in some cases, conspiracies, they become a blanket that can insulate people from outside opinions challenging their reality. But, when I see a “blanket,” comprised of misinformation and deception, I don’t feel warm and fuzzy inside…


Choosing a Community

I just became a grad school student five weeks ago after going back and forth on if I could do it. I’m here, and as part of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism’s Social J Program, we’re tasked with choosing a community to forge enduring bonds with, one we can parter with to make journalism (newspapers, podcasts, whatsapp communities, and other media) more useful and less homogenous. …


Five women organizers who’ve been coordinating care and safety at the George Floyd Memorial held a “People’s Press Conference ” to announce demands they’ve submitted to Mayor Jacob Frey and the Minneapolis City Council in resistance to the reopening of the intersection of Chicago Ave. and 38th St initially planned to occur on August 17th. Carmen Means, a pastor and Executive Director of the Central Neighborhood Assoc. …


A taste of New England down South, everything’s bigger in Texas.

When talking about traveling to Houston, people respond in a bemused or incredulous way. Really?… Houston? Even a Texan I met before departing recommended every other place besides America’s fourth largest city, saying: Dallas is the place for tech jobs, San Antonio for food, and Austin for everything else. But, I was drawn in by food media, the likes of David Chang’s “Ugly Delicious” Netflix series, which revealed Houston’s mix of culture and seasonings; I was expecting Bollywood dance parties in Desi grocery stores and crawfish smothered in lemongrass butter fresh off the boat. I imagined colorful neighborhoods enriched by…


The author with owner, Harold “Noonie” Ward

Draped on the entrance to Noonies Famous Jerk and Things is a Jamaican flag and just above is a sign beckoning the tropics; it’s a Wednesday, I can’t feel my toes, and this just might be the warmth I need to get through this week’s chilling cold. True to theme, the walls are a vibrant red and posters of the late great Bob Marley adorn the walls, though the vibe isn’t quite jamming- there’s a karaoke speaker, but instead of reggae anthems, hosts from Fox News announce the day’s tragedies from a flat-screen. …


A mix of old and new collide at Dumpling

A bao — pronounced like the bow of a boat — is a bun- plump, soft, and slightly sweet. Baos can be white and billowy like clouds. They also arrive on your saucer golden brown and round, catching the light coming off passing dimsum carts and dining room chandeliers. The baos I grew up with came in two varieties: barbeque pork (char-siu) and sweet red bean filling. Growing up, my Por Por- my mom’s mom- would bring home goodies from her sojourns to Chinatown. Wearing bright-toned clothes and a knit hat, she’d say Ling Song, lai hek, roughly, “Abé, come…

Abē Ross Levine

Abē is a journalist and writer. Currently a masters candidate @newmarkjschool. Topics of interest include food, environmental and racial justice, and comedy.

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