Thoughts on “Scholar*Activist”

Keywords: Ernest Thompson, Congress of Industrial Organizations, Orange NJ, United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE), and Community Research Group

This essay discusses the concept of “working class intellectual,” as outlined by Ernest Thompson, a black union leader and community organizer. Thompson’s guidance on urbanism is described, highlighting his ecological orientation, commitment to being programmatic and use of coalition.

Mindy Fullilove is a board-certified psychiatrist who explores the ties between environment and mental health. She received her bachelor’s degree from Bryan Mawr College and her MS and MD degrees from Columbia University. Dedicated to the psychology of place, Mindy’s research started in 1986 when she linked the AIDS epidemic with place of residence and she continues to focus on the health problems caused by inequality. For the past 30 years, Mindy has been investigating how broken connections between different sections of cities harm public health and explores ways to reconnect them. Mindy has published numerous articles and six books including “Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities,” “Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It,” and “House of Joshua: Meditations on Family and Place.” She has received many awards, including inclusion in many “Best Doctors” and two honorary doctorates (Chatham College, 1999, and Bank Street College of Education, 2002).

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