Illustration by Bridget Killian
  1. The Exchange: To Our Flags
  2. The Exchange: The Negro Speaks of Dryland
  3. The Exchange: blue is darker than Black
  4. The Exchange: Sans Fleur
  5. The Exchange: Blindspot
  6. The Exchange: Her.
  7. The Exchange: Lint
  8. The Exchange: Reality Check
  9. The Exchange: Caution
  10. The Exchange: Rubik’s Cube
  11. The Exchange: The Path
  12. The Exchange: sTREEtS
  13. The Exchange: Butter
  14. The Exchange: The Bright Side
  15. The Exchange: Concrete to Shoreline
  16. This Empty Cage
  17. Paper Machete
  18. The Exchange: Marketplace
  19. The Exchange: One Year Anniversary
  20. The Exchange: Sunscreen Affective Disorder (SAD) 
  21. The Exchange: Immigration & Culture
  22. The Exchange: Love, Street Cleaning, & Other Myths
  23. The Exchange: An Accent Enters a Room and Says Good Morning
  24. The Exchange: An ode to Oceania
  25. The Exchange: Happy New Year
  26. The Exchange: NEW GROOVE/LODESTAR
  27. The Exchange: Wolves, Strides, and Landslides
  28. The Exchange: Honest Haikus
  29. The Exchange: Foreheads, Haikus and More
  30. The Exchange: Softness, Water Bottles, and Movie Theaters
  31. The Exchange: Algae and Understanding
  32. The Exchange: we like it here!
  33. The Exchange: tag & waiting
  34. The Exchange: spare
  35. The Exchange: Marketplace
  36. The Exchange: some coffee
  37. The Exchange: A Scary Story
  38. The Exchange: Consumer Report
  39. The Exchange: Affirmations and Sunflowers
  40. The Exchange: Autopay and A Fast Summer
  41. The Exchange: Squirrels and The White
  42. The Exchange: The Taj Mahal and Rutina de Sueño
  43. The Exchange: The Garden
  44. The Exchange: Jess Taught Me My Body Is Trying Its Best
  45. The Exchange: Jollof Rice and Losing it

The Roots Crew participated in a journalism and poetry workshop led by Chima Ikoro, the Weekly’s Community Organizing Section editor. The workshop explored how reported pieces use facts, interviews and reputable sources in order to tell a story. A well reported story doesn’t showcase the writer’s opinion, but instead gathers evidence toward a specific point or subject. 

The art of papier-mâché uses paper, usually up-cycled newspaper, bound by adhesive and molded into a shape that becomes hard and strong upon drying. Local news rooms like the Weekly can empower the communities we serve by challenging false narratives and amplifying the stories of community members. In a way, we are using the newspaper as a tool to protect and aid our communities. This section is titled Paper Machete because these students have used copies of articles featured in the Weekly to craft their own stories through the creation of black-out poems. Similarly to how reported pieces gather found information to build a narrative, these poems are tools made from words that have already been written—reframed, refined and sharpened to serve a new purpose.

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