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This summer I am a Justice Fellow at the Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy (GCCLP) in Slidell, Louisiana. GCCLP is two different operations, and the one I am interning at is the non-profit policy wing of the organization. Currently, we are working on a number of campaigns: immigration, land sovereignty and environmental justice, and voting rights and voter education. The other half of the organization is the Law Office of Colette Pichon Battle, who is my supervisor. Colette and Angela, the two attorneys in the office, specialize in immigration law and BP oil spill claims. The two organizational... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2013 at Center for Principled Problem Solving
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The Texas Observer is one of my favorite sources for news from my home state, which that publication lovingly refers to as “the strangest state in the union”. In her article “Seeds of Discontent: A Texas Organic Cotton Farmer takes on Monsanto”, Eva Hershaw profiles LeRhea Pepper, an organic cotton farmer from O’Donnell, Texas, who is fighting Monsanto to keep their patented cotton seed out of organic cotton. In West Texas, cotton is king. According to Hershaw, the Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative (TOCMC) represents organic cotton farmers in West Texas who, collectively, make up ninety percent of the national... Continue reading
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In November, I attended the Robert Williams's Radical Genealogy talk. Robert explained his own journey through his family's history, a long history of white folks who ran the gamut from slave owners to civil rights activists. When white folks do not understand their family histories, he claims, we are unable to contextualize white privilege and racism and patterns of inequality (economic, social, political) that exists today. He explained how his family gained wealth, land, and other resources through the work of black slaves, who were systematically deprived of the wealth they were forced to perform. The myth of rugged individualism... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2013 at Center for Principled Problem Solving
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This past summer, I began working on the first of a series of indepdent studies that takes a look at community organizing efforts against industrial hog farms in Eastern North Carolina, specifically in the Cape Fear River Basin. Concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, have been well documented as sources of malodors and chemicals that have negative effects on the workers and residents in and around these large-scale operations. Some of these negative effects include respiratory infections, depression, fatigue, and chronic migraines. The odors and negative health effects also negatively impact the perceptions of such communities and lower property values.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2012 at Center for Principled Problem Solving
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