The Fire This Time: Ferguson

"It is our duty to fight for our freedom / It is our duty to win / We must love and support each other / We have nothing to lose but our chains."

By Alicia Garza

Since the first week of August 2014, a rebellion has grown in St. Louis, Missouri sparked by the murder of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson. This is a rebellion fueled by state and police violence in working class black communities and its character demonstrates some very important shifts. Black youth are working diligently to re-calibrate this country’s moral center: building from the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, they have created their own historical identity, rejecting respectability politics, embracing direct action, and tackling new forms of anti-black racism rooted in old forms of slavery. As the black youth in Ferguson are innovating movement vision, practice and purpose, will the rest of us in the progressive movement be able to catch up?

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RP&E History

Race, Poverty and the Environment (RP&E) was founded in 1990. The journal has a wide-reaching, extremely diverse readership that includes grassroots activists, students and academics, progressive policymakers, and philanthropists.

Tagami Develops Amnesia on Promises to Hire West Oakland Workers

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The West Oakland Job Resource Center is designed to assist job seekers in gaining employment with jobs on the Army Base.

The West Oakland Job Resource Center is designed to assist job seekers in gaining employment with jobs on the Army Base.

Domestic Worker Organizing: Claiming Our Voice — September 7, 3 pm

As part of our ongoing participatory editorial process, you are invited to attend educational and discussion events that will shape the direction of Reimagine! Movements Making Media.  Please join us at the first of our fall 2014 open forums.

 

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Oakstop Coworking

1721 Broadway, #201

Oakland, CA
 
Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014

3:00 - 5:00 pm  

Film and discussion with director

Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel,  

lead organizer from Andolan 

Gulnahar Alam, 

YaliniDream, Monisha Bajaj, 

Sheila Bapat, and 

Preeti Mangala Shekar

 

Gulnahar Alam 

 

 

 

Join us for a free film screening of Claiming our Voice a film about South Asian domestic worker organizing. 

 

Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement

Many environmental justice leaders and organizers consider the EJ Movement to be a direct descendant of civil rights struggles or the latest manifestation of the justice campaigns that peaked in the 60s and 70s. What have we learned from the successes and failures of the Civil Rights Movement? RPE asked longtime activist and EJ champion Damu Smith to offer his insights.

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Reimagine! Event Relaunches RP&E with Full House of Activists and Visionaries

Next editorial convening on April 24 from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Movement Strategy Center, 436 14th St., Suite 500, Oakland. RSVP rsvp@reimaginerpe.org

More 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.

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