Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Dear White Privileged Folks of the Environmental Movement:

Folks ---

We ALL are facing environmental issues as inhabitants of this planet: air pollution, water contamination, soil degradation, climate change, etc.
However, not EVERYONE experiences environmental injustice.

We know from (http://www.bubblews.com/news/877147-consumption-kills) that over-consumption IS  a human right issue.

&We know from (http://www.bubblews.com/news/911185-environmental-racism-consumption-kills-part-3) that certain people are targeted to maximize industry profits.

So, let me remind you who these people are.

The Latino and/or people of color community (that is historically less affluent) or less developed countries are sought ‘cheaper, worry free trash disposal,’ so our industrialized nation does not have to burden the environmental costs of possible landfill contamination.

WE bear the most environmental risks of destruction land through desertification, contamination of air, water and soil, etc.
WE are being subject to these environmental burdens.
WE are paying the costs of our health and community pride by forced exposure to coal plants, waste facilities, fossil fuel extraction, landfills & other means of waste disposal and so on.
WE are underrepresented,
We are the directly impacted and marginalized community.

So why am I once again reminding us all of the social-environ impacts of overconsumption?

Environmental racism is not a thing of the past, it is in the NOW. A more formal definition would be "persons subject to any government, institutional, or industry action, or failure to act, that has a negative environmental impact which disproportionately harms individuals, groups, or communities based on race or color."

There is an URGENCY to be informed on the social and environmental injustices of our system so that WE can be EMPOWERED to make just and educated decisions (and organized actions) - TOGETHER!



Now I'd like to shed some light on the many environmental organizations that are unintentionally doing more harm than good.
How can I testify to this?
I AM part of the movement and I have, and will, continue to remind the White Presidents of the orgs to check their privilege.

Dear: Sierra Club, 350.org, National Resource Defense Council and Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Friends of the Earth and many more:

You want to talk about being an "inclusive" movement? You want to claim ethnic and racial diversity within your organization? AND you're telling me you identify as an ally to marginalized communities?

Oh NO.

You wont get brownie points for noting that you have come a 'long' way since the early 2000s or by requiring employees to sign a 'commitment' to anti-oppression or conducting anti racism trainings especially since they are solely facilitated by hipster folk who describe themselves as 'integrated' as if that wasn't racist in itself.

Your network consists of 89% affluent and proud, white folk. With this comes a lot of privilege, ignorance, dominance and assumed entitlement.

Your segregation is sickening.

Want connection, solidarity and greater power in our movements?
First ask yourselves this --- are you willing to step to the side and let us share OUR stories --- the issues WE face in OUR communities, the campaigns WE formed? Are you ready to acknowledge that we may not be looking for your active ally-ship? Yes, I said it! Your self indulging and unspoken attitude that you display to prove your willingness to save us all from ourselves and Big Fossil Fuel industry is called white savior mentality. We will NOT hesitate to tell you that we do NOT need to be saved.

Want to really help?
Work 'with' us --- not 'for' us.

Understand that in an ally-ship to marginalized groups you must,
1) ask whether we are seeking active ally-ship 2) let US determine how you can be a resource/ support in OUR campaigns

STOP speaking for us --- saying things like "we're seeking justice for low income, minority, people of color communities." Your lack of interaction and engagement with our communities says it all --- you don't understand our struggles, our identities, our perspectives!

We're the ones on the front lines, these are OUR stories, this is OUR reality and we have a message: don't claim ally-ship when all you're doing is conveying your white savior mentality!

We don't need your leadership, what we need is for you to back down, listen up and learn your place in our battle --- it's called being an ally!

Throughout history there have been way too many folk like you trying to 'help' by trying to speak/act 'for' us rather than working with the members of our communities and asking whether your ally-ship is needed and if so, where it is needed. Acting your own way without our consent, rapes us of our culture and identity.

WE are the marginalized communities. WE are in the front line of extraction and burning of fossil fuels. WE are not only fighting environmental racism but we're also fighting colonialism, white supremacy, genocide & all intersections of oppression.

So check your privilege --- don't make this a one-sided movement.

This is an ongoing conversation: our struggles, our stories & our resistance. We will NOT be silent and we will NOT be idle.

We don't expect to see anyone that looks like us in your organization that can testify to having shared experiences or similar background. As long as you continue to push the real faces of oppression aside, you will never know true solidarity, ally-ship or community power. So, it's about time you STOP speaking for us as if you do understand.

....talk about privilege....

Signed,
Rebekah
from Tar Sands Action movement


Read more:
http://www.standard.net/stories/2013/03/25/environmental-groups-lack-ethnic-diversity

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1725017,00.html

http://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/building-an-environmental-movement-as-radical-as-reality-itself/

http://www.mit.edu/activities/thistle/v9/9.05/2greenmovm.html

http://www.pachamama.org/news/race-and-class-privilege-in-the-environmental-movement

http://www.theroot.com/views/how-be-ally

http://www.studymode.com/subjects/a-describe-and-discuss-1-example-each-of-white-savior-mentality-and-deficit-thinking-that-the-white-tutors-had-when-working-with-latino-students-how-did-these-concepts-resonate-with-you-expla-page5.html

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Privilege check to the MAX:

If you're feeling offended right now from my other posts, you really really need this.

Educate yourself
Check your privilege
Mobilize & Act!

Thank you tumblr folks for your entertaining drawings & simulations. We hope some people will finally get that 'ah ha' moment!!!

http://legitprivilege.tumblr.com/post/46600967370/educate-yourself

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Self love is:

overflowing, reflective, unapologetic, contagious love.

Three wrap up points from 8 secrets from 8 curvy women who love their bodies:
  • Every body is a good body
  • Health is holistic, and mental health is a huge part of holistic health
  • Self-hate is an ideology that can be eradicated through a practice of self-love

Dear standbyers, uninformed folks and 'colorblind' advocates:

Anti-oppression is an ongoing conversation. Our stories, our experiences, our identities are what shape us into who we are and are waiting to be shared/revealed/exposed to the general, ignorant public/ naive members of society.

Are you ready to listen?

We will be idle, no more! Be informed - check your privilege - mobilize & act!

"It is no longer my job to enlighten you. To quote what you so often tell ethnic communities, "It's time for you to step up to the plate, take responsibility, and stop taking what I have earned," my integrity, my dignity."


A MUST READ:

My Racist Encounter at the White House Correspondents' Dinner



Love & social justice---always,
Bekah

Words of a radical feminist:

I will not be shamed.
I will not be blamed.
I will not be looked down upon. 
I will not be perceived as someone's belonging.
I will not be influenced by patriarchal standards.
I will not be deprived of fair treatment and humanity.

I (we) need feminism because society/dominant culture believes they are entitled to dictate how women should look/wear/do to their bodies and use shame/blame/ownership & other patriarchal behaviors.

My (our) body(ies) is(are) NOT an apology. I (we) should be able to openly embrace my (our) shape(s), build(s) and (our) outer beauty without hesitation or fear of being shamed.

I will continue to love, adore and explore the comfort of my body, endlessly --- and I encourage you to do so too.

Comment below: *I need feminism because [.............]* 

Also, please read: http://everydayfeminism.com/2013/05/patriarchy-and-how-it-shows-up-for-everyone/?utm_source=Everyday+Feminism+Subscription&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120f72d504-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_content=Yahoo!+Mail&utm_term=0_d19c2176ed-120f72d504-91511069


EMPOWERMENT to you feminists, pro-feminists and allies of femininity.
-Bekah Sunshine

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Dear National Policy Institute comprised of white supremacists,

WHAT?
This whole system revolves around you, ---- and you want MORE?

This is NOT okay.
White Supremacy is NOT okay.
The racist books that were published on the 'National Policy Institute's' behalf, are ABSOLUTELY NOT okay.

http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/were-here-were-white-get-used-to-it-video/politics/2013/05/10/66721

Thursday, May 9, 2013

During finals week,

I listen to every song that makes me laugh, makes me cry, helps me reflect and helps me to say Goodbye.

Dear silly boy that messed with my heart, even surpassing the negative amount of times I should have allowed you to do so,

I'm absolutely sure this song (and every song per se) is a reminder of your incompetence in our relationship. It's very much on point with your whole ego and your forgetfulness and that awful school dance and your unwillingness ---until--- oops, well when it's way too late to win me back you make that a connection.

Though, this does a lot more justice by displaying your dull life in a kind of upbeat rhythmic pattern:

"My pride, my ego, my needs and my selfish ways
Caused a good strong woman like you to walk out my life
Now I never, never get to clean up the mess I made
And it haunts me every time I close my eyes
It all just sounds like uh, uh, uh, uh
...I should have bought you flowers and held your hand
Should have gave you all my hours when I had the chance
Take you to every party cause all you wanted to do was dance
Now my baby is dancing, but she's dancing with another man."

Yes, yes and yes sir.
You should've and could've but you didn't.
&Now I'm gone and your just a memory --- a horrid one at most --- imprinted in my life.

If we were to ever depart functionally, I would say this much too you:
 All I had was love to send, you've done me wrong and so this thing that we had has been put to an end.
Goodbye.

Now to end fully complete with my own empowering song:
I'll go ahead and just smile.