Notes from the Editor
I have found in industry conversations about environmental justice, the emphasis remains firmly on data and statistics with a sprinkling of anecdotal notes. Often the speakers are representatives, service providing administrators and advocacy organization directors. They are the experts, the qualified researchers and social entrepreneurs. They are not the beneficiaries - the folk who experience the burden or blessing of proposed social impact. In this issue, we look at the everyday ebb and flow of inequity within urban communities. Our feature, profiles entrepreneur and tea aficionado Shanae of Ivy's Tea, Co. and her creative blends of herbs and Black urban culture. Regardless of your opinion of Jussie Smollett's alleged MAGA attack, many felt it hit home and smack in the center of day-to-day possibility. We also look at minimalism and how an anti-consumerism movement has morphed into a lifestyle rich of the luxury of choice and access. And if you were wondering if your child was the only one calling soil dirt, you will find good company with millions of other families. Those stories may not get told in the funding or policy room, but they are shared here.