Category Archives: Environmental Justice

Gullah/Geechee Nation Celebrates Seismic Gun Control Victory!

Seismic Victory Celebration in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

Join the South Carolina Environmental Law Project (SCELP), the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition and representatives from Stop Offshore Drilling in the Atlantic – SODA, Coastal Conservation League, Charleston Waterkeeper, Conservation Voters of South Carolina, the Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association, Sierra Club of South Carolina, and many others allies in celebration of stopping seismic gun use off the Gullah/Geechee coast. The oyster roast at Bowens Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation will be held Sunday, February 12 from 2 to 5 pm. Purchase tickets at http://bit.ly/seismicvictory

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Oppose More Private Docks in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) and Founder of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition shows a map from the Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank in opposition to allowing any additional private docks to be placed on the Gullah/Geechee Nation's coastline.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Division of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management responded to numerous letters requesting a public hearing regarding the request of Charles F. Harris to obtain a private dock on historic St. Helena Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation near Fort Fremont Historic Site. This request referenced by OCRM-16-354-G was opposed by all that attended the public hearing at the St. Helena Branch Library on January 24, 2017. Public comment letters can still be sent in to add to this opposition to Geordy Madlinger at madlingj@dhec.sc.gov until February 7th.

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Gullah/Geechee Land & Legacy Fund

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Recently, global media has published stories and shown news reports regarding the displacement of Gullah/Geechees from their homeland. This media attention caused thousands of people to request that the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition and Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation create this GoFundMe Campaign so that they can support the efforts of helping the land retention amongst the Gullah/Geechee:

https://www.gofundme.com/gullahgeechee-land-legacy-fund

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Coastal Heritage Conference 2017: Sustaining Cultural Heritage as the Climate Changes

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The Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank invites you to bring out the family for a day of interactive environmental engagement to protect cultural heritage. Advance registration is required and the event is FREE.

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Black Folks Land Legacy Conference in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

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The “Inaugural Black Folks Land Legacy Conference” is being sponsored by the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (www.gullahgeechee.net) in celebration of their 20th Anniversary as a part of a series of events that they are hosting for the “International Decade of People of African Descent.”

The “Black Folks Land Legacy Conference” is an interactive three day session on historic St. Helena Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation which is a predominately Gullah/Geechee owned and operated Sea Island.

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Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition Celebrates 20 Years with #GullahGeechee2020!

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) represents her people at the United Nations and has been an active part of commemorating the "International Decade for People of African Descent."  #GullahGeechee2020 will be a series of events that the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition hosts with a number of national and international partners as a part of the decade.

To celebrate 20 years at the premiere advocacy organization for Gullah/Geechee people worldwide, the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition will host twenty different events as a part of #GullahGeechee2020. These events will also be part of their continued celebration and commemoration of the International Decade of People of African Descent.

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Fighting for Gullah/Geechee Land!

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The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition has spent twenty years engaged in the battles to protect Gullah/Geechee land ownership and human rights. They have successfully gotten new zoning laws passed that protect Gullah/Geechee culture and assist Gullah/Geechee families with retaining their land ownership. They have successfully worked on laws to benefit heirs property owners. They have won legal cases that returned sacred grounds back over to Gullah/Geechee families and also prevented Gullah/Geechee towns from being destroyed in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

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Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Nation Interviewed by Climate Home

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Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) was one of the world leaders that participated in the United Nations’ COP22 event in Marrakech, Morocco. Prior to her departure, Climate Home covered the journey and they followed up during the event.

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Gullah/Geechee Action Call from COP22: Wha Hunnuh Gwine Do?

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) presenting to the global community in the UNESCO Pavilion at the United Nation's COP22 Conference in Marrakech, Morocco.

Living literally on the shores of the frontline of climate change impacts makes the immediately implementation of CULTURE IN ACTION absolutely necessary because as my mama always taught me “Time and tide wait for no man or woman!” The changes are already flowing. So, now it is a choice in which way we will be going. Disya a Gullah/Geechee Call ta Action frum COP22! Wha hunnuh chillun gwine do? The quality of life in the world is truly up to you!

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Gullah/Geechee Connections with the Global Climate Change Community @COP22

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) arrives for the first day at the United Nations' COP22 in Marrakesh, Morocco.

As the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon stated:

“Today’s global challenges demand concerted global action and joint solutions.”

It is because of this reality that the Gullah/Geechee Nation’s citizens wanted to insure my ability to make this journey. Our Sea Islands and our cultural heritage of the Gullah/Geechee Nation can only be protected when the global community recognizes how we all connect to one another.

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