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Where Do the Transition Environmental Movement and The Social Justice Movement Intersect?

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Resource depletion and climate change effects various demographic groups in vastly different ways. Recovery within historically disenfranchised communities from hurricanes and Superstorms Katrina, Irene, Lee and Sandy looked radically different than that of communities which typify the overall Transition Town demographic. Transitioners tend to be predominantly white, educated, post materialist, middleclass, small community people.

How does that Transitioner demographic reality impact the reach and relevance of our work in the Mid-Atlantic region which incorporates one of the most highly diverse and population-dense corridors on the planet?

This question prompted Thursday’s (1/29 @7:00pmEST) eco-justice – social-justice teleseminar conversation, during which the Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub (MATH) invites guest speakers to explore:

·         how we can skillfully work with various levels of vulnerability and competing interests within communities,

·         how we can fold local community power dynamics conditioned by ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic stratification that shape relationships into our work,

·         the intersection of the Transition environmental movement with social justice movements.

Pamela Boyce Simms, Convener of The Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub (MATH) welcomes: Yasmin Stewart, a community activist with the Call to Action Long term Recovery Group in Superstorm Sandy-devastated Far Rockaway, NY. Yasmin bears personal witness to the pre-storm isolation and demographic stratification of Rockaway, “the forgotten New York,” profound personal loss in the storm, and the life-shattering bureaucratic abuse of the Far Rockway community in its aftermath; Dr. G. Modele Clarke, a social justice advocate and senior pastor of the New Progressive Baptist Church, a hub of “End the New Jim Crow,” and “Undoing Racism” social activism work in Kingston, NY; and Joanie Freeman, an initiator with Transition Charlottesville Abelmarle,  who has tried multiple approaches to bridging the racial divide prevalent in Charlottesville, fostering diversity in Transition and in the Ecovillage where Transition is headquartered in Charlottesville.

Click here to learn more and register for the MATH teleseminar on 1/29: “Diversity & Social Justice: Transition for whom and to what end, “Transitioning for All?”

Blog Post by Pamela Boyce Simms, Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub (MATH) Convener

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14 Comments on "Where Do the Transition Environmental Movement and The Social Justice Movement Intersect?"

  1. Makati1 on Wed, 28th Jan 2015 6:09 pm 

    Once upon a time…

    Reality is a different picture:

  2. Plantagenet on Wed, 28th Jan 2015 6:30 pm 

    Its good to see the black community getting involved in the transition movement. The need to get off carbon fuels is going to affect every single American (and single person on the planet).

  3. Davy on Wed, 28th Jan 2015 6:56 pm 

    Globalresearch is for nit-wits with agendas.

  4. GregT on Wed, 28th Jan 2015 8:32 pm 

    Plant said,

    “Its good to see the black community getting involved in the transition movement.”

    Where, pray tell, in this article did you read anything about “the black community” Plant?

  5. Plantagenet on Wed, 28th Jan 2015 9:54 pm 


    Click through and read the original article, greg. Many of the articles posted here have links to the original longer article. The bits posted here are just brief synopses. I know its asking a lot of you to actually read the material you are commenting on, but if you aren’t going to read the material and become informed on what it is about, perhaps you could refrain from posting such ill-informed comments?

    Get it now?


  6. GregT on Wed, 28th Jan 2015 10:27 pm 


    The article does mention a number of African Americans Plant, if that is what you are referring to.

    No where in the article is there any mention made of ‘the black community’.

  7. Plantagenet on Thu, 29th Jan 2015 1:11 am 


    The black community is actually made up of what you call “African Americans.”

    Get it now?

  8. Makati1 on Thu, 29th Jan 2015 3:37 am 

    Global Research is more likely to be painting the real picture than any other site based in North America. But, it doesn’t sit well with the flag waving couch potatoes in the US. The stats in the suggested article can all be verified by a bit of independent research.

    Then again, using the greatest library ever enjoyed by so many people (the internet) may require some reset of ingrained ‘knowledge’, and that is not going to happen to the sheeple if they can help it. Certainly not to any cons that came from privileged homes.

  9. Davy on Thu, 29th Jan 2015 7:16 am 

    Makster there is nothing wrong with GR just like Fox news. Both are where extremist migrate is obvious. I will read either for facts at the extremes but I reject the agendas. You are a person with an agenda engaged in a propaganda message IOW an extremist nit-wit. I am coming to believe more and more dementia is setting with you. This occurs when people hit 70 and beyond. I am in my 50’s and I feel it. In 20 years the same will be true for me. You are just acting your age Makster. As we age we become more childlike which is the reason for your ridiculous comments.

  10. Makati1 on Thu, 29th Jan 2015 7:49 pm 

    bobinget, you are correct, although some will never admit it. The US is still sending billions of dollars to China to spend, every month, in their negative trade balance and the interest on their government’s debt. Every trip to WalMart makes China richer and more powerful. Just that interest pays their entire military budget.

    Some like to point out China’s problems, but refuse to see that their own country’s problem are magnitudes greater. They want to see Russia fail but cannot see the welding of Russia and China into a power that can take down the West and survive with most of their countries and economies intact.

    Asia may have a high population, but they are survivors and not far from the land and the necessities. Americans are not able to survive a week without their grocery stores. Snow storms prove that they are not prepared for an emergency of even short duration. Certainly not for a crash of their economy.

  11. Davy on Thu, 29th Jan 2015 7:59 pm 

    Mak, I wonder why all the rich are leaving China and Asia for North America. They are not talkin like you they are walkin. That says more than words.

  12. Makati1 on Fri, 30th Jan 2015 5:16 am 

    The scum of every country are headed to the biggest scum pot on the planet, the USSA, because they think they are safe there…lol. Wait until the IRS starts to take those riches away as the economy drops farther and farther into the shitter. And the populace starts to blame China for their problems … as is sure to come with the hypocritical, lying government the US currently has.

    What are a few Chinese when more than that number of Chinese, US educated, engineers and doctors are actually moving back to China? Not to mention the thousands of Americans moving out of the US to get away from the IRS by renouncing their citizenship and living in places like New Zealand or a South American country. Only one percent of the US population currently live outside the US (not counting military or government employees) but they are the smart ones.

  13. Davy on Fri, 30th Jan 2015 6:15 am 

    Come on Mak few are moving to China to remain there. It is a god awful polluted mess of a hyper over developed industrialized mess. It once was among the highest on the list of sustainable, resilience, and beauty now it is just another western oriented over consumptive shit hole. I remember in the 80’s the great subsistence farms and all the bicycles in the cities. Now look at its shiny overbuilt worthless never to be recovered mal-investment with no future. I used to think the US suburbia was the worst investment in the history of mankind but China takes the cake for that. You need to add to that 1.5BIL as icing on that shit cake.

    People are deserting China that have money and can because they are afraid of a place that is going to implode by the sheer weight of over population and political corruption. The rule of law in China is arbitrary according to the party. If there are people moving to China it is people working there but few have any desire to stay. Dream on Mak with your poster girl. The US is a mess but I am not talking it up in fact, I am criticizing it regularly. You are just a nit-wit with a personal agenda likely related to a failed life in the US and cognitive dissonance of a poor relocation decision.

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