juellshot.jpgJuell is a contributor to ColorLines, and a former Research Fellow at ARC. A Brooklyn resident by way of Chicago, she’s most interested in addressing structural racism by exploring channels for community organizations and grassroots groups to affect social policy at the local and national level. She writes about food justice, urban policy and pop culture. She gets journalistic inspiration from everything around her– from the stories she heard during her time as a labor organizer to her love of the communities that raised her, and even biking across the Pulaski Bridge.

It's Happening Again. What Aiyana Jones' Death Tells Us

aiyanajones_familyphoto.jpgIt’s an all-too-familiar occurrence: A young person of color gets killed by the police, the community rallies around the victim’s family, and everybody wonders what can be done to prevent it from happening again. Well, it’s happening again in Detroit, where police fatally shot 7-year-old Aiyana Jones in her sleep early Sunday morning.  Law enforcement officials raided the Jones’ home, blasting through the door with a “flash-bang” device designed to “create conf

NY Dems Say Let Them Eat... Fresh Fruits and Veggies

fruit_041810.jpg New York Democrats Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Nydia Velazquez are joining Michelle Obama’s campaign to get healthy food options available to the 23.5 million Americans who live in areas lacking fresh fruits and vegetables. Last week, Gillibrand and Velazaquez introduced legislation that would allocate $1 billion to build 2,100 new grocery stores nationwide in poorly served neighborhoods.