First Meeting & Homework

22 Dec

Hey everyone,

Our first meeting was a success! Although only a few showed attendance, the collective was very productive. We emailed our notes and the homework assigned to all members due before tomorrow’s meeting. You can post your response to Adelina Anthony’s blog post, here. Thank you very much! Hope to see everyone tomorrow at 12pm (the location will be sent out via Facebook). If you did not receive my email. Email bbbarba@ucsc.edu or message me on facebook!

-Sup G

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4 Responses to “First Meeting & Homework”

  1. L7 December 22, 2009 at 2:34 am #

    Adelina’s commentary on “the other inconvenient truths” of going green are both humorous and all too telling of the circumstances of people of color that are overlooked by white liberal progressives. Too often, movements are headed by the privileged seeking justice, and this in turn marginalizes the underprivileged either politically, economically, and socially. A considerable re-evaluation of the environmentalist movement is necessary if people of color are to pursue and achieve environmental justice through their own means. Perhaps a return to the life practices of the indigenous people of the America’s, with practical real world approaches, can empower their descendants to achieve their own environmental justice.

  2. B. December 22, 2009 at 4:25 am #

    “The other inconvenient truths’ by Adelina Anthony is a great example about how someone’s multiple identities and person experiences can be tied to political issues such as participation in the green movement. As my professor Aptheker says, “The personal is political.” And I think for many of us, we are taught to write void our life experiences, void our cultural or gender or sexual identities, and especially void the language we use at home. Anthony’s article challenges this, she makes her point across and is inclusive of her culture and sexuality. This article actually shows how our identities/personal experiences strengthen our arguments and are crucial in providing others (the public) with an often overlooked perspective on global issues.

  3. Dalloway'sParty December 22, 2009 at 5:51 pm #

    I agree with L7, Adelina speaks from a place that many people in low income neighborhoods can relate. The paradox of going “green” is that while it might assist the planet with healing the environment, it might also segregate different classes of income. While going green should bring together the planet under one idea, it’s almost unrealistic for every person to participate. As L7 said, “Too often, movements are headed by the privileged seeking justice…politically, economically, and socially.”

  4. koog December 22, 2009 at 5:57 pm #

    The reading found me making connections to class and urban renewal of communities, where the go green movement overlooks the people of color, inflicts residential segregation, when higher income newcomers displace lower income residents from urban neighborhoods. I see the concept reflecting the residential shift of an area that was predominantly composed of residents of color, to one populated by higher income whites, for example venice, among others. It’s expensive to go green, indeed a luxury I and many others don’t have…Hoodwinked!

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