An interview with Sam Smith on the care and feeding of a third party

From an interview conducted by Ben Smith, a history major at Haverford College, on January 12, 2000 at the offices of the Progressive Review. Ben Smith, no relation to Sam Smith, was in Washington studying the history of the DC Statehood Green Party, which has elected candidates to public office for most of its thirty … Continue reading An interview with Sam Smith on the care and feeding of a third party

One good reason why Merrick Garland shouldn’t be FBI director

Sam Smith - Or on the Supreme Court for that matter. I admit to some personal bias in this, but because I was one of 19 plaintiffs in a case that went before DC's Federal Appeals Court that not only affected me but all the other deprived citizens of the nation's capital. After Garland and … Continue reading One good reason why Merrick Garland shouldn’t be FBI director

Ethnic relations: Beyond law and virtue

Sam Smith As I read about the growing ethnic conflict in the country, highlighted by police brutality against blacks and Donald Trump’s brutality against common decency, I have the feeling of moving backwards to a different time and place. It is as if fifty years of progress is being reversed, and the arguments and behaviors … Continue reading Ethnic relations: Beyond law and virtue

The birth of DC’s neighborhood commissions

[Remarks at a conference in 2006] Sam Smith - Washington's advisory neighborhood commissions came out of a time that seems distant today, a time before 9/11, George Bush, the closing of DC's public hospital and the socio-ethnic cleansing of DC. Sure, we were still recovering from the riots, but the very word 'recover' - one … Continue reading The birth of DC’s neighborhood commissions