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Climate Apocalypticism | Political Theology Network
This account, of an inescapable and violent world in which climate change is a symptom of an endless cycle of unjust relations, might be described as pessimistic. And, as the example of Wallace-Wells shows, pessimism is not well received within discussions of climate change. The rejection of pessimism is in one sense understandable. Rebecca Solnit offers a particularly clear critique: “Optimists think it will all be fine without our involvement; pessimists take the opposite position; both excuse themselves from acting. [Hope is] the belief that what we do matters even though how and when it may matter, how and what it may impact, are not things we can know beforehand.” (xiv).


This form of climate apocalypticism is not an argument for inaction. You can hope in the end of the world and still recycle, drive cars less often or support policies that will slow climate change. After all, the consequences of climate change, like the consequences of most slow violence, will fall upon those who always bear the weight of injustice. Preventing this violence and ensuring a just distribution of the suffering that climate change will bring are important tasks. But this work will not save the world. And that’s ok.
environment  activism  solidarity  Rebecca.Solnit  inequality 
6 hours ago by timmarkatos
Pro-feminism, pro-choice, pro-pugs.
solidarity  from twitter_favs
yesterday by miaeaton
Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong, by Michael Hobbes – The Huffington Post
Her position is all-too understandable. As young as 9 or 10, I knew that coming out of the closet is what gay people do, even if it took me another decade to actually do it. Fat people, though, never get a moment of declaring their identity, of marking themselves as part of a distinct group. They still live in a society that believes weight is temporary, that losing it is urgent and achievable, that being comfortable in their bodies is merely “glorifying obesity.” This limbo, this lie, is why it’s so hard for fat people to discover one another or even themselves. “No one believes our It Gets Better story,” says Tigress Osborn, the director of community outreach for the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance. “You can’t claim an identity if everyone around you is saying it doesn’t or shouldn’t exist.”


Celebrity representation, meanwhile, can result in what Corrigan calls the “Thurgood Marshall effect”: Instead of updating our stereotypes (maybe fat people aren’t so bad), we just see prominent minorities as isolated exceptions to them (well, he’s not like those other fat people).

What does work, Corrigan says, is for fat people to make it clear to everyone they interact with that their size is nothing to apologize for. “When you pity someone, you think they’re less effective, less competent, more hurt,” he says. “You don’t see them as capable. The only way to get rid of stigma is from power.”
solidarity  listening  epidemiology 
5 days ago by timmarkatos
How to Survive an Authoritarian Government | Extra Newsfeed
This is just generally good advice even if you don't live inna terrifying Orwellian dystopia.
listicle  politics  samizdata  solidarity  activism  dystopia  socialism  sousveillance 
11 days ago by gominokouhai
Shana V. White on Twitter: "All systems predicated on top down hierarchical power will NEVER work for or benefit those considered the least or placed at the bottom of the hierarchy. (thread)"
"All systems predicated on top down hierarchical power will NEVER work for or benefit those considered the least or placed at the bottom of the hierarchy.

Until these systems are dismantled and equitably rebuilt including more and new stakeholders, these systems will always be ineffective, marginalizing, damaging, and not create successful outcomes for everyone.

Our educational system functions this way. Although there are small pockets happening in classrooms, schools, and even some districts, broader and lasting change is pretty rare. It eventually fizzles out, and/or runs into a hindering ceiling or wall it cannot pass.

Gatekeeping works as means to maintain the status quo, hinder, and even gaslight educators and students. Gatekeeping manifests itself in people in leadership who are roadblocks, but also in policies, curricula, and mandates which stop progress or change.

Gatekeepers are the limiting factor in our educational system hierarchy. These people can be our local leadership, district admin and boards as well as our state DOEs. They are the top of the hierarchy. Always remember: "With power comes great responsibility"

Until gatekeeping as a practice and those who 'patrol' these gates have a mindset change or new people with passion for equity, agency, and success for all in edu are put in their place, ceilings, gates, and walls will remain limiting and stop change systemically.

Just understand I appreciate and love those who are passionate about changing our edu system. Just know this battle is emotionally and mentally taxing. But solidarity is one of our strengths. Multiple voices are better than one.

Until the system is dismantled, rebuilt and involves new stakeholders in power, those of us doing this work will continue to be swimming upstream against a very strong current. Please keep fighting the fight though. Change is hopefully coming soon. /FIN"
shanavwhite  hierarchy  2018  gatekeeping  unschooling  deschooling  reform  change  systems  systemsthinking  education  schools  leadership  horizontality  power  solidarity 
17 days ago by robertogreco
Wow!! What a week coming up in Nov - first, the power of , then the question of -…
solidarity  ignorance  from twitter_favs
21 days ago by cathmnet
RT : is for honoring workers, & organizing. Today we honor our partners, ! Togethe…
solidarity  LaborDay  from twitter
22 days ago by pgroce
Statement to the Court, Upon Being Convicted of Violating the Sedition Act
"Your Honor, years ago I recognized my kinship with all living beings, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on earth. I said then, and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it, and while there is a criminal element I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free."
eugenedebs  eugenevdebs  rhetoric  socialism  truth  1918  kinship  multispecies  canon  solidarity  class  prisons  freedom  liberation  marxism  equality  inequality 
22 days ago by robertogreco
RT : Our first contract negotiation session with Lee Enterprises is Tuesday. Send some good vibes and our wa…
solidarity  from twitter
22 days ago by electroponix
A popular hashtag has arisen inside Saudi Arabia or #حرق_النقاب and I say ✊🏽
Solidarity  BurnTheNiqab  from twitter_favs
5 weeks ago by toco
Can Silicon Valley workers rein in Big Tech from within? | Ben Tarnoff | Opinion | The Guardian
> The aim should be to bring the creators, users, and targets of technology together, from the Amazon software engineer to the Amazon warehouse worker to the immigrant deported with the help of software running on Amazon Web Services. These are the kinds of solidarities that can empower tech workers to put people over profit, and serve society rather than shareholders.

> Such an undertaking might sound utopian. But it has plenty of precedents to draw inspiration from. Organized teachers regularly take collective action to help their students, just as organized nurses take collective action to help their patients. These aren’t acts of altruism, but solidarity. They flow from the recognition that all workers have a stake in the world that their labor helps create.
labor  labor-unions  solidarity  tech  tech-workers  silicon-valley 
6 weeks ago by tarakc02
Picking up the pieces - Synaps, Aug 6, 2018
These cannibalistic dynamics are all the more pernicious for their self-perpetuating quality. Multiplying forms of predation have accelerated the outflow of Syria’s financial and human capital, leaving behind a country largely populated by an underclass that can aspire to little more than subsistence. The demands of survival, in turn, push growing numbers of ordinary Syrians into the vicious circle of predatory industries—if not as predators themselves, then as second-order beneficiaries of predation, through purchasing or receiving looted goods, reliance on extortion-based income of relatives, and so on. In other words, Syria’s predatory wartime economy is slowly but surely turning into a predatory economy of peace.
fear  Mar15  Looting  corruption  sectarianism  loyalty  IDPs  poverty  reconstruction  solidarity 
7 weeks ago by elizrael
Rentals Crisis Inflates in Idlib  - Enab Baladi, Feb 24, 2018
“A displaced not a tourist” is an expression that is echoing in the streets of Idlib city; it is repeated by the displaced people who escaped the armed confrontations in the eastern-southern countryside of the governorate, to a city in which they faced obstacles, that enhanced their suffering, speaking of exploitation on the part of houses’ owners, who increased the rents to an extent that the displaced could not even imagine.
Idlib  Mar15  IDPs  exploitation  solidarity 
8 weeks ago by elizrael

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