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I’ve never been a political person. I was 35 the first time I voted. I have a lot of friends who are really engaged in what is going on in politics. Recently it has occurred to me to ask a couple of them how politics, the news, issues of the day, were a part of their childhood experience, to try to determine how my reality was so different. The news was rarely on

About a week after Colorado‘s stay-at-home order was put in place, my friend and (part-time CLP employee!) Jess let me know that she had started to volunteer for a grassroots mutual aid organization called Pandemic of Love. She said she was starting a "microcommunity" in the Boulder area that would set about matching folks who were suffering from COVID-related financial hardship with community members who volunteered to provide a little bit of