We’re in Pedestrian Magazine

Pedestrian Magazine is a magazine that features stories based on our everyday surroundings and beyond. If you like to explore your neighborhood, get lost in an unfamiliar town, or are a curious person, then this is the magazine for you.

It feels great to be part of something you really enjoy. I was so happy to hear back from Alex, the founder of Pedestrian after submitting. He did a great job putting this issue together.

You may remember our interview with Orlando, well now it’s in print! You can purchase your copy here.

Per Pedestrians website:

“40% of all sales will go towards GirlTrek, a nonprofit organization for Black women and girls who use walking to inspire healthy living, families, and communities. Active members support natural and local policy to increase physical activity through walking, improve access to safe places to walk, protect and reclaim green spaces and improve the walkability and built environment of 50 high need communities across the U.S.”

I encourage you to pick up a copy if you feel inclined! I hope you’re all doing well. Newtown Radio is slowly reopening, however our show is still on hiatus. It’s been a while since we’ve had a show. I’ve been thinking about what the next step of Purely Circumstantial is/should be. I’ve been keeping myself busy with other projects I’ll share when the time comes. Let’s continue to be strong advocates for social justice and revolution. Keep emailing your elected officials, have uncomfortable conversations with yourself and your peers. Do your part! As always, you can reach out to us at purelycircumstantial@gmail.com for anything at all.

Interviewing Orlando of Justice Gilbert Ramirez Park

I met Orlando while staring at a sign advertising a missing passport on the fence of Justice Gilbert Ramirez Park, just off the Morgan L stop. The sign read that the passport was found in the garbage at the park. “Do you know him?” Orlando asked myself and Cameron from his car. Sadly, we did not. Cameron attempted to reach out to the person whose passport was found, but to no avail.

I was not as concerned with the missing passport as I was impressed with the sign that Orlando made. He scanned the passport, printed it out, laminated it, and zip-tied it up in front of the park entrance on the corner of White and McKibbin street. I started to think, who the heck is this guy? He doesn’t work for the Parks Department, is this just a random one time samaritan? Seemed a bit more involved than that. Turns out he’s the unofficial/official(?) parkeeper!

About a week later, I was still thinking about this dude. This isn’t his job, he’s not getting paid. He doesn’t have any sort of supervisor to report to. Orlando takes care of the park simply because he loves to do it. I decided to call the number that was on the flyer for an interview. When I asked him for an interview he said, “Why not?”

Of course after I turn the microphone off is when the most interesting stories come up. He told me how he was at Ground Zero on 9/11, I watched his eyes change as he recalled the day. He did tell me that the missing passport had been claimed! He also offered me some of the loose tea and other herbs he keeps in the back of the park, and gave me instructions on how to dry them out.

After the interview was over, he asked where I was off to next. I told him I was going to stop by the record store down the street. He was bitter about that record store, it was the one that only gave him $50 for over 300 records. I wonder if I bought any of the records he sold to them.