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Flyering Door-to-Door is a Constant Neighborhood Education

New Orleans     Opening a new location of our social enterprise Fair Grinds Coffeehouse on St. Claude Avenue in New Orleans was a relief even if we’re still shaking out the kinks, installing the ice machine, this and that.  How we get the word out for our soft opening and early weeks has been a constant […]

“Soft” Opening for Second Fair Grinds Coffeehouse on St. Claude

New Orleans        They call it a “soft” opening because it’s a way to cushion the hard falls that come when something like a fair trade coffeehouse makes its debut.  After three-and-a-half years running Fair Grinds Coffeehouse as a social enterprise supporting our organizing in another neighborhood, we aren’t exactly rookies anymore, but no matter […]

Underpaying Servers Cannot Be Solved by Tipping Technology

New Orleans               Because the restaurant industry has dominated the lobbying process around past efforts to raise the federal minimum wage in the US, servers, bartenders, and others who receive tips are not paid the current minimum of $7.25 per hour as a guarantee, but have to hustle that wage from a base of $2.13.  Despite […]

Caffè sospeso, or Suspended Coffee: A Christmas Message

Fair Grinds Coffeehouse New Orleans

New Orleans    Chaco and I go open Fair Grinds Coffeehouse, our social enterprise that supports ACORN International’s organizing in Latin America on Christmas morning. He will get there at 530AM, and I’ll trail in about 615AM. I’m the helper, and not much of that he often tells me, but we […]

Forced Labor and Human Trafficking

New Orleans   At the Fair Grinds Dialogue , Stephanie Hepburn, co-author of Human Trafficking Around the World:  Hidden in Plain Sight, led us through the hall of horrors of forced labor and the little that is done about it around the world.  She and Rita Simon had amassed stories and studies from twenty-four countries to […]

FCC Opens Low Power Radio Applications Window

Los Angeles   The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that it is opening the window for applications across the country for low power radio licenses from October 15th through October 29th of this year.  You should care about this not because it is easy to win, build, and operate a radio station, but because it […]