Posts by Christopher Cocca

Christopher Cocca is a Pennsylvania-based writer and community organizer. His fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in Brevity, elimae, Pindeldyboz, Geez Magazine, Creative Nonfiction, Generate, and elsewhere. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School in 2005 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing (fiction) from The New School in 2011. He helps lead the Air Quality Partnership of Lehigh Valley - Berks and is the Associate for Urban Mission at FPC Allentown. Opinions expressed on-line are solely his. Quotation does not equal endorsement, except for when it does.

Happy Birthday, Leonard Cohen. Ring the Bells that Still Can Ring. — Food Truck Pastor

Leonard Cohen is trending on Facebook. I hovered over his name in my newsfeed to find that today is his birthday. Happy Birthday, Leonard Cohen. A few days ago, a friend sent me this: I had been reading the Louise Penny trilogy (A Trick of the Light, The Beautiful Mystery [monks term for plain chant] […]

via Happy Birthday, Leonard Cohen. Ring the Bells that Still Can Ring. — Food Truck Pastor

Democrats Need to Try Harder

Yes, Republicans need to do some serious soul searching. But so do Democrats. I’m so tired of the Democratic trope about working class white people being bamboozled into voting against their economic self interest. I’m not asking for a civics or history lesson with this post. Trust me, I get it. I’ve studied these things at high levels for many years. So have many of you. What I am asking for, though, is a bold plan from Democrats to convince those white working class voters that Democrats have something better to offer than Republicans. Many rank-and-file working-class white people, especially in rural areas, don’t trust you, Democrats. Many of them trust plutocratic billionaires more. Why? Well, your nominee is a plutocratic millionaire, so there’s that. But they also just don’t believe that you’ll do anything for them economically, because they believe you haven’t so far. Some of you (and I stress “some”) are so busy deriding these people, referring to their communities as flyover country, and mocking them for not getting that you, and only you, care about helping them, that you never stop to consider that your party’s pathetic lack of traction with them might partially be on you. Then, when Republicans come along and say that you don’t care about them, that you’re out of touch with them and their values, you blame the Republicans for pandering. If you’re so great for working class white people, it should be easy to prove it. You should be winning this election easily. But people don’t trust you and they don’t trust Clinton. They also don’t trust the systems that you and your kissing Republican cousins have built for the last half-century. Those of them that support Trump get to swipe at you and at the establishment Republicans in one move. All of that said, I remain neither a Democrat nor a Republican, and cannot wait to vote for Jill Stein.

Introducing Food Truck Pastor

 

Chris, the not-quite erstwhile editor and publisher of Rad Infinitum (occasional has nicer ring, don’t you think?) has been busy.

He tried selling insurance as a way of supplementing his passions but that took him away from those things.  Another passion of his, the family food business, was also at a critically amazing point, and he jumped in.  You can read about his past year-and-half here.  He’s pastoring a church, helping run the family food business, investing in community in Allentown as Allentown shakes off its rust-belt rust, and doing lots of other things.

Please join him at FoodTruckPastor.com and on twitter @foodtruckpastor.

Rad Infinitum will not be shuttered, and may even become less occaisonal and more frquent  in the weeks and months ahead.  Stay tuned!