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

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 corridor​s​ 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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