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"Know that Creator caresses this land around us with each sun rise, and rivers move against these eroded contours, glide between the worlds we construct out of fancy for the things we need to be and the gifts bestowed upon us." ––
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Heard of our newsletter, The Dispatch? No fluff, all substance. Join below:
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“Don’t take this the wrong way, [but] you don’t see a police officer on the side of the street with a boot in his hand trying to raise money” – C.J. Kaminsky in "Are Volunteer Fire Departments Still Viable?" Read Jordana Rosenfeld's story here:
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Belt Publishing Apr 24
Want to know the changing locations of butchers and brewers in Cleveland over the past century? How about a map of the unfilled potholes dotting East Cleveland’s neglected roads? Pre-order Cleveland in 50 Maps:
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Belt Magazine Apr 24
"Chicago’s First Nations Garden" by Pat Nabong Photos from the reclamation of Native space in the city.
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Kris Lucius Apr 24
Ava Tomasula y Garcia cuts to the quick in this piece about land, nationalism, and the racism embedded in American environmentalism. Take a few minutes and read, especially if, like for me, those links didn't seem apparent.
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Belt Magazine Apr 24
: "What Indiana Dunes National Park and the Border Wall Have in Common" by Ava Tomasula y Garcia "Northwest Indiana, home of the Dunes, is one of the places to which Trump’s vision of America is supposed to appeal."
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Belt Magazine Apr 24
"One day, I decided to become a Segway tour guide on the Minneapolis riverfront. I needed the money. I needed the fresh air. I needed to get out of my comfort zone." –– Doug Mack, "Minneapolis by Segway"
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Belt Publishing Apr 22
"Perhaps a museum built by workers and housing works created by tradesmen and artists who have toiled in fields and factories would more likely be a celebration of working-class people." Read an excerpt from The Milwaukee Anthology:
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Belt Magazine Apr 23
From the archives: "The Future of the Great Lakes" by "Who gets to use water in the Great Lakes basin? What can it be used for? And who has the power to decide?"
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Belt Magazine Apr 23
"Is Larry still alive?” Dad asks—maybe thinking they can get up a golf foursome. “Oh, no,” I say. “He passed away in the eighties.” Read more from Nancy Nelson's personal essay "Just Downriver from Detroit" here:
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Belt Magazine Apr 23
"I drove by the swamp At twilight to see if it still glowed green I will always carry everything" Read "Today I Laid a Crayfish at Your Grave" by here:
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Belt Publishing Apr 22
Mark your calendars! The creators of Rust Belt Arcana and the Rust Belt Arcana Tarot Deck, and , will be at the Rocky River Library () on May 8 at 7pm.
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Belt Magazine Apr 22
"After touring the entire museum and upon further reflection, it struck me how the gods and thinkers were portrayed along with angels in the heavens above." –– Callen Harty in "The Art of Labor" from The Milwaukee Anthology out on .
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Belt Magazine Apr 22
"As of 2017, more than eight hundred thousand of the country’s 1.1 million firefighters—about seventy-three percent—were volunteers, saving local municipalities almost $47 billion each year." Are Volunteer Fire Departments Still Viable?
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"Showing complete strangers around my beloved city from the perch of our era’s most ridiculed mode of transportation checked all the boxes." Read an excerpt from Under Purple Skies: The Minneapolis Anthology by over on :
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Raechel Anne Jolie Apr 22
"These days, as mainstream political analysts have painted the interests of poor white people and people of color as fundamentally opposed, the story of the Young Patriots offers an alternate vision of solidarity." excellent read, thanks &
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Belt Magazine Apr 22
In the 1960s, the organization partnered with the Black Panthers and Young Lords, providing a model for multiracial coalition-building in Chicago. Read all about it in 's "The Young Patriots and the Fight for the Working Class in Uptown"
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Belt Publishing Apr 19
The launch for Under Purple Skies: The Minneapolis Anthology is less than a month away! Join us May 11 and 12 at 's Wordplay Festival.
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Illinois Humanities Apr 19
We're again! Thank you for your article on our event in March, "The Young Patriots in Uptown: Coalition Building in the 1960s." Read the piece at
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