Wednesday Evening Owls: Younger activists shift the main focus to ‘intersectional environmentalism’

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“Racial justice, financial justice, immigration justice — it’s all local weather justice,” wrote Nikayla Jefferson, a Dawn Motion organizer and graduate scholar, in a November op-ed titled “It’s our party now.” “This isn’t simply the white local weather youngsters’ motion anymore — that is an intersectional motion for justice.”

Intersectional environmentalism — sure, it is a mouthful — rings true with many younger environmental activists right this moment. The uptick in its use goes again to this previous spring, shortly after the dying of George Floyd. Eco-influencer Leah Thomas, generally referred to as Inexperienced Woman Leah, posted on Instagram final Could, asking environmentalists to step up and acknowledge the racial disparities in their very own organizations. “I’m calling on the environmentalist group to face in solidarity with the black lives matter motion and with Black, Indigenous + POC communities impacted day by day by each social and environmental injustice,” she wrote. “Please swipe to be taught extra about intersectional environmentalism and take the pledge.”

Seemingly in a single day, Thomas mentioned she acquired over 100,000 new Instagram followers, most of them younger individuals. “For Gen Z, for no matter purpose, intersectionality simply clicks,” Thomas advised Grist. […]

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“Variety is what occurs when you have got illustration of varied teams in a single place. Illustration is what occurs when teams that haven’t beforehand been included, are included. Intersectionality is what occurs after we do all the things by way of the lens of constructing positive that nobody is left behind. Greater than surface-level inclusion, or merely ensuring everyone seems to be represented, intersectionality is the follow of interrogating the ability dynamics and rationales of how we might be collectively.”
           ~~Alicia Garza, The Function of Energy: How We Come Collectively When We Fall Aside (2020)

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On this date at Each day Kos in 2011—Home GOP meltdown over finances cuts:

Principally we’re seeing two factions within the GOP lately, the ORCs and the YATs.

The primary are the Opportunist Republican Cynics (ORCs), and they’re nonetheless the dominant faction. They’re led by John Boehner, and they’re principally the identical individuals who drove America’s economic system into the bottom underneath George W. Bush. They’ve regained energy because of tea partiers, Fox Information, and a willingness to parrot the doomsdayer teahadist rhetoric about spending and debt, however additionally they perceive that truly following by way of on what they promised can be a political catastrophe of epic proportion. The issue for ORCs is that they do not have anything to supply as a result of they final time they had been allowed to drive coverage choices for the GOP, they ended up totally discrediting the celebration.

The opposite faction are the Yelling Indignant Teahadists (YATs). They do not management the GOP management, however there’s sufficient of them that the GOP wants them to keep up its majority. The YATs imagine all the things they mentioned throughout the marketing campaign about how Obama is the second coming of Karl Marx and the way spending is destroying America. They actually imagine the one method to save America is to remove the deficit and so they imagine the deficit might be balanced by instantly reducing spending by tons of of billions of {dollars}. And so they imagine the remainder of America agrees with them. YATs are the one Republicans with any actual enthusiasm, however that is principally as a result of their concepts have not but been discredited by the take a look at of actuality.