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Issue No. 6
Disclaimer: By Adults, For Adults. Viewpoints expressed in music & written content are that of creators and do not necessarily represent views of Here In My City or our partners and may not be appropriate for all readers or listeners.

Of Being: Latinidad, Queerness, and the Radical Possibility of Both

Oberlin-Bonner Scholar

Soleil Torres

...I never thought it would be possible for me to find a word to express the wonder of how I love, nevertheless a word which I could say aloud in the place I grew up...

Police of Color: How Recruitment Reform "Re-Forms" Carceral Identities

Oberlin-Bonner Scholar

Soleil Torres

The carceral state finds its success in its pervasion, the generational trick of having taught us to police ourselves...

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Start the ConversationS!

Nadine J. Smet-Weiss

... I’ll be blunt. The conversationS we are encouraging parents (and other trusted adults) to have with their children are conversationS about sex.

Issue No. 5
Disclaimer: By Adults, For Adults. Viewpoints expressed in music & written content are that of creators and do not necessarily represent views of Here In My City or our partners and may not be appropriate for all readers or listeners.

Reading’s (In)Complete Streets, A Then & Now & Maybe Someday 

Why Complete Streets Policy is Both Crucial and Irrelevant To Making Our City Better For People On Bikes (And Everyone Else) 

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Anthony Orozco

Ruby Mora

Dani Motze

Great Roads, Good Company

With leisurely 20-milers to lengthy rambles and adventures, Berks County Bicycle Club appeals to many levels of fitness.

By Félix Alfonso Peña

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Carl Kaucher

"I am feeling so good today. God opened up my eyes today. I am happy ...being loved by friends. Being at the library. Sitting with you. I went to Reading High School and I liked that. I like the warm weather and the sun."

"What is it like to be me today? It is beautiful. My mind is positive. I'm happy because I see and want a change. Leaving old things behind. It's really good being me if I actually be who I am, which is so much to know, so much to see, and so much to do to be Me. All I know is I am a leader. So I was born to lead. That's what it's like being Beverly H.
P.S. Thanks for asking what it's like being me."

"Reading Pride Means that we can all relax."

Issue No. 4

Donald Maher

I like people who speak out. It takes courage. For those who know me and for those who will get to know me, I am a person with a long and wide legacy of speaking out.

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May the Stonewall uprising continue and may the UP rising of Reading, PA continue as well.

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Ruby Mora

A regular book-review by and for bada** B.I.T.C.H.es (and everyone who loves to read) featuring books written by women of color. This Issue, Ruby reviews:

 

1. "All About Love: New Visions" by bell hooks*

2. "Peluda" by Melissa Lozada-Oliva

3. "Sabrina & Corina" by Kali Fajardo-Anstine*

 

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We work to help people claim their voice and rewrite the city's narrative by producing an urban 'zine.

We work to create a platform where anyone, irregardless of income, education or background, can submit thoughtful, critical & provocative writing that instigates change, thought or growth at the individual and community level.

We believe that each of us has something important to say. We believe that

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Mike Schnitter

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Dani Motze

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Brian T. Johnson

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A Brief Profile of Raymond Diggs

(and how the white-washed "overcoming-adversity" story arc can make us feel nice, but can miss some important truths)

Dani Motze

GLYPH aka Anthony Orozco

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Carl Kaucher

Christopher Trotter

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