Video: Driving on the Right Side

Gabrielle Emanuel and Michael Solis recently spent time with Muhammad Abdul-Karim as he made his rounds of food pickups and deliveries as a driver for the food nonprofit DC Central Kitchen. Unlike many food organizations, DC Central Kitchen makes a point of working with at-risk individuals and people who have spent time in prison—and Muhammad is one of them. Here, he describes his work and tells his story.



To read the co-authors' article about spending time with Muhammad—"Driving on the Right Side: From Prison to DC Central Kitchen"—click here.

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Gabrielle Emanuel and Michael Solis

Gabrielle Emanuel is a Lombard Fellow working on water access and water purification in Bandiagara, Mali. Michael Solis is a human rights worker, journalist, and fiction writer from New Jersey. More

Gabrielle Emanuel first became interested in the intersection between food and social justice as a student at Dartmouth College, where she organized weekly meals for the homeless community and taught cooking lessons at the local family shelter. She is now a Lombard Fellow working on water access and water purification in Bandiagara, Mali. Next year, as a Rhodes Scholar, she will continue her studies at Oxford. She has published articles and photography nationally, including in the Annals of Internal Medicine and The Chicago Tribune.

Michael Solis is a human rights worker, journalist, and fiction writer from New Jersey. A graduate of Princeton University and the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway, he is currently working for OYE Adelante Jovenes (The Organization for Youth Empowerment) in El Progreso, Honduras. There he is helping to develop the leadership and capacity of at-risk Honduran youth while sharing his love for the creative arts.


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