The Rubber Industry’s Toxic Legacy in Akron

“The jobs that a whole generation of Akronites held are mostly gone, but the health effects of the toxins they worked around every day still linger.”

Source: Belt Magazine
Published: Mar 5, 2021
Length: 20 minutes (5,088 words)

Blighted by Foxconn

Belt Magazine continues its great reporting on Wisconsin’s deal with the devil: The new Foxconn facility that promised jobs and but is instead bringing nothing but pain. Now the company is using eminent domain to remove families from their homes, designating newly-built properties as “blighted” to achieve their goals.

Source: Belt Magazine
Published: Apr 11, 2018
Length: 6 minutes (1,700 words)

Girl Strikers

The story of the first major strike in Cleveland’s garment industry, and the women who made it happen.

Source: Belt Magazine
Published: Oct 9, 2014
Length: 10 minutes (2,620 words)

Rediscovering Russell Atkins

From the book Russell Atkins: On the Life and Work of an American Master: A revered poet is found in an apartment in Cleveland:

“Mr. Atkins is nearing 90. He can’t walk easily anymore and is sometimes attended to by a young, businesslike, very quiet nurse. He is thin and small, with a swirl of fluffy, uncombed gray hair. He has a slightly high-pitched, gentle voice, a voice that strains a bit to be heard. Visitors surprise him and he seems a little perplexed and astonished that several American poets think highly of his work. When he learned that we were planning a book that would reprint a wide selection of his writing and also include several essays about his life and work, he said, ‘Why, who would want to read about me?'”

Source: Belt Magazine
Published: Oct 7, 2013
Length: 13 minutes (3,340 words)