Friday, November 09, 2007
In an emotionally charged talk, Majora Carter explains her fight for environmental justice in the South Bronx. This MacArthur-winning activist shows how minority neighborhoods have suffered most from flawed urban policy, and energetically shares her grassroots efforts to "green the ghetto." Click http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/53.
Not to mention what she says is true. The elite have to do almost nothing at all for the poor of the country. And this is just one of the ways the center keeps the marginalized voices silent.
Eric: Yeah, she's incredibly articute eh? What makes it fly is connecting those personal stories to broader issues and contexts, I think.
TC: yeah, seems to have a long history. hopefully the days that kind of planning, or lack of planning, are numbered.
JR: interesting example. interesting also that those dregs of society often consist of the disenfranchised members of communities excluded from the process in the first place. makes a neat little circle.
There is a small community here that is threatened with a domestic waste incinerator, a poor industrial area unseen by most. Local politics should know better but it doesn't seem so.
I was watching Long Way Down last night - about Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman travelling through Africa on Bikes.
People with next to nothing would still give them something for nothing.
And yet, it's always the poor getting dumped on.