Category Archives: Environmental Justice

The Grinch Has a Gun! Stopping Seismic Guns in the Gullah/Geechee Nation!

We can’t let the Grinch come to our coast and kill!  Stand up with the Gullah/Geechee Nation and #BlocktheBlast and $StoptheDrill!

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Sustaining a Nation by Queen Quet @GullahGeechee

When I started out doing this work over almost 4 decades ago, no one else used the term “Gullah/Geechee” and now it is a hashtag unto itself.  I was led to put the two words together in order to unify my people who had been separated by those that truly sought to destroy our spirits and exploit our abilities in the process.  The fortunate reality is that there are people around the world that now know of the existence of #GullahGeechee history, heritage, and culture.  However, the unfortunate thing is that due to the saturation of the entertainment and tourist markets with storytelling and misleading representations via museums, replicated sites, non-Gullah/Geechee operated events, tourism agencies, and now even museums that seek to exploit grant money, the work that the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition and the leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation are doing has become that much more difficult.

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Yale Climate Connections features #GullahGeechee

Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine is the elected leader of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. She says the problems are compounded by tourism-driven development that has destroyed the coastal marshland that helps protect against storms and flooding.

So she says people need to rethink their relationship with coastal areas and work to protect them.  Tune in to hear the interview at

https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/11/rising-seas-storms-threaten-gullah-geechee-land/

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Queen Quet on the Survival of Sea Island Wisdom

This week we are honored to be in dialogue with Queen Quet, Chieftess and Head-of-State for the Gullah/Geechee Nation, who is striving for justice on the front lines of the most pressing Anthropocentric intersections: climate change, resource extraction, corrupt and negligent government bodies, land theft, encroaching development and exploitative tourism.

Taking on Indigenous sovereignty, land rights, and climate change resiliency plans, Queen Quet is a warrior of justice for not only her peoples, but all of humanity.

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Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Awareness Month 2018

The citizens of the Gullah/Geechee Nation call for the entire world to celebrate #GullahGeechee Cultural Heritage Awareness Month with us on each day of October annually by learning more about the living history of our community and by supporting the business owners, artists, and events of native Gullah/Geechees. 

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Fighting for the Gullah/Geechee Environment Globally

 Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) initiated the”Save the Sea Islands” annual tour over  two decades ago.  In that period of time, she has taken the Gullah/Geechee story to national and international platforms including numerous United Nations events, UNESCO, and most recently to the Global Climate Action Summit.  She will then depart once again for the United Nations.   Those that want to support her UN journey which will include three more events during 2018 can contribute to that aspect of the “Gullah/Geechee Save the Sea Islands Tour” via this GoFundMe campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/gullahgeechee-queen-quet-goes-toun

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Gullah/Geechee Nation Flooding and Emergency Management

Although Hurricane Florence has long left the Gullah/Geechee Nation, the remnants of the massive down pours of rain and storm water still remain.  Rivers are still rising through the Carolinas.  Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) and Founder of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (www.GullahGeechee.net) and the Wisdom Circle Council of Elders and Representatives of the Gullah/Geechee Nation have been coordinating emergency management and recovery efforts  in collaboration with the Black Emergency Management Association (BEMA).  

In order to provide financial support for the efforts, please donate at these links and share them with your networks:

https://www.gofundme.com/GullahGeecheeStorm
https://secure.actblue.com/donate/schurricanerelief

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Supporting Gullah/Geechee Nation Rebuilding, Restoration, and Storm Preparation

The northern most region of the Gullah/Geechee Nation has suffered a great deal of damage and loss due to Hurricane Florence and the subsequent flooding that is still on-going.  The leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation have been providing disaster and storm preparedness information and will increase the workshops and trainings throughout the coast following the …

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De Wata de Rise: World Water Monitoring Day een de Gullah/Geechee Nation

“De wata bring we, de wata gwine tek we bak.”

It was surreal that this proverb would keep speaking to my soul about how people need to get back to working together and paying attention to our environment on the Gullah/Geechee Nation’s coast.   I kept hearing it in my mind as we watched the reports of the massive amounts of water that were being predicted would come onto Sea Island land and even inland due to Hurricane Florence.  Storm surge coupled with high tide is enough, but when you add rain over days and days, no one had any idea of how high the waters would rise nor when the rivers would crest nor how much inland dams would be able to take before the water flooded land for miles. 

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I Been een de Storm So Long

Florence kept spinning faster and widening to show a commanding presence.  Yet, for her, that wasn’t enough.   The next things we knew, she was bringing other storms along with her too!  I posted on Facebook” We hafa end this stormy family reunion fa tru!”  Then folks that had never been in the storm wondered “What will ya’ll do?”  In response, my soul sang as my ancestors did:

“I been een de storm so long!

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