Next editorial convening on April 24 from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Movement Strategy Center, 436 14th St., Suite 500, Oakland. RSVP firstname.lastname@example.orgMore than 50 people from 28 different organizations joined us for the re-launch on March 27. Our opening panel (RP&E Editor Emeritus Carl Anthony, APEN Executive Director Miya Yoshitani, CCHO co-director Fernando Marti, and Reimagine Project Director Jess Clarke) grounded us in our shared history and affirmed the need we see for this project.
“The environmental movement has introduced the concept of deep history,” Carl Anthony said. “We’re the end point of 13.7 billion years of life on this planet, and we need to begin thinking of that as our heritage,” he said. Fast-forwarding, he noted the great displacement of African Americans with the transatlantic slave trade—somewhere between 7.5 and 12 million African slaves crossed the Atlantic between 1500 and 1800, compared to around 1.5 million Europeans. Slavery, along with the genocide of Native Americans, was part of the expansion of the global economy, “this capitalism we struggle with,” the system underlying the toxic racism and regional inequities RP&E has spotlighted since its first issue 24 years ago.
One of RP&E’s first issues looked at the effects of environmental racism on Asian-American communities, and prompted the creation of APEN, according to Miya Yoshitani. She participated in the first People of Color Environmental Summit in 1991. From the beginning, she said, “‘We speak for ourselves’ was a basic EJ tenet.
—The new geography of race/the suburbanization of poverty and its impact on organizing. (Antioch is the only Bay Area city with a growing African-American population. Who lives there? How did they get there?)—How the free MUNI for Youth movement ties back to civil rights struggles, 50 years after Freedom Summer and the passage of the Civil Rights Act.—How the city of Richmond, faced with the ongoing foreclosure crisis and the displacement it causes, is using the power of eminent domain to help save housing. Can this model spread, and where’s the resistance?
—How can we create a vision and build the power to fight for it?—Where else are communities organizing for local control and resiliency, and making translocal connections?—What is the impact of other proposed solutions to climate change, especially cap and trade?—What is happening in the ongoing fights against “extreme energy,” such as fracking and exploitation of tar sands? What are the pitfalls of a “ban only” strategy?
—The intersection of low-wage work and women’s work—especially with the increasing commodification of “care work,” such as child care, elder care and domestic work.—Who provides care and who purchases it? The new tech app for hiring domestic workers highlights the role of the tech industry in creating inequity in the Bay Area, particularly San Francisco.—The confluence of women’s work and low-paid work is nothing new; look at the historical perspective, including the attack on welfare and public assistance.—Some groups in the Bay Area have tried “new” models for collective childcare. We have history as well as current practice.—Many EJ issues have specific impacts on women—the endemic violence against women that comes along with extractive industries, for example.