I spent my last night in east Boston with 40 odd families facing various eviction threats - mostly low income Latino immigrants working hard to service the city in various ways. We were convened in a church basement by Andreas and Steve of Vida Urbana (City Life).
I had spent two days living in Madeline and Pedro's home talking about what we were doing with the Social Change Initiative and PPR and finding out what he and Madeline and all their contacts were up to.
Some time during the night the snow started. The governor had already declared a state of emergency. The kids from Zumix were enjoying a day off school and most of the 'non essential' workforce (whoever they are) were told to stay at home. Almost everything closed down.
About half an hour before I pulled up at the Back Bay station in Boston I realised I had no clue what I was doing, where I was going, how I would get there or who I would meet.
Slán Ms Greene agus Dianne.
First days back in New York and New Jersey.
Today Brady exited the country, leaving me to continue the fight for social change state side alone. Very emotional (on my part). I do believe we have become quite a team!
Today was spent East side with Winston, another of Frank's colleagues who organises 'Manhattan Together'. Like Jersey Together they are an affiliate of the IAF. The day started with a follow up meeting between Winston and the local Parish Priest Fr. Sean. This was regarding previous complaints from public housing tenants throughout the area made to NYCHA [New York City Housing Authority] around maintainence issues, heating, dampness etc.
So that's it for me. Slán tamaill (bye for now) New York. Ten days later and the whirlwind tour of social change activism in New York is over. I've left the city and about three hundred things we didn't get done in Marisa's capable hands as I head for the airport home.