Category Archives: Environmental Justice

Gullah/Geechee Rise Up for Climate, Jobs and Justice!

On Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 9 am to Noon, the People’s Climate March takes its stand in South Carolina.  Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice is a Global Day of Action.  Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, Chuck Rhodes, Virginia Sanders and others from partner organizations will be the speakers for the day! The event in Columbia is being sponsored by Organizing For Action (OFA.us) which is a partner with Sierra Club, 350.org and many other organizations. This rally throughout the nation and world is building a movement as we move toward the Global Climate Summit in San Francisco, September 12–14. 

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Gullah/Geechee Save the Sea Islands Tour Takes Queen Quet to Global Climate Action Summit for Climate Heritage Mobilization

Organizers for the Climate Heritage Mobilization at the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit which will be held in San Francisco, CA September 12 to 14 realize that heritage has the power to help communities make the #ParisAgreement a reality.  At the #ClimateHeritage Mobilization @ #GCAS2018, cultural heritage community leaders from around the world are uniting to the show the way. One of these leaders will be Queen Quet who has been invited to California by the governor of that state.  She will be part of the Global Climate Action Summit which will bring together state and local governments, business, and citizens from around the world to showcase climate action taking place, thereby demonstrating how the tide has turned in the race against climate change and inspiring deeper national commitments in support of the Paris Agreement.

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Tune in to the annual Labor Day edition of Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio to learn of the history of the labor movement as it relates to Gullah/Geechees and other people of African descent.  Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) challenges what has taken place in “right-to-work” states and how the wages and opportunities therein have remained so low that this continues to contribute to the movement against wage slavery and the battle for many native Gullah/Geechees to be able to afford to hold on to their land. 

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De Conch Third Quarter 2018

De Conch da de international ezine ob de Gullah/Geechee Nation. Ef bout we hunnuh wan kno, den yeddi De Conch da blo! This edition features information about Black Philanthropy Month, the Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival, IAAM, and coming events including the Global Climate Summit. Read, share, and download the info. Den jayn we pun de islandts ob de #GullahGeeechee!

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Gullah/Geechee Queen Quet Gwine Back ta de UN

Sea level rise and other climate changes impacts are compounding the work to protect the Sea Island environment.  Yet, Queen Quet  is committed to this work daily.  Queen Quet  has successfully worked against offshore oil drilling and seismic gun use in the Atlantic Ocean and is actively engaged with global partners in reaching the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.    On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years and the Gullah/Geechee Nation  is working to achieve these goals during the International Decade of People of African Descent.   With your support, the Gullah/Geechee can insure that we have representation in the major planning and engagement activities to reach these goals and to insure that the Paris Agreement to protect the environment are achieved.   So, Tenki Tenki fa hep we send Queen Quet  ta de UN one mo ‘gain!   

Please contribute to this aspect of the “Gullah/Geechee Save the Sea Islands World Tour”  at https://www.gofundme.com/gullahgeechee-queen-quet-goes-toun

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Navassa Revisioning Continues

This is a reminder that the public is invited to a Public Information Meeting and a Redevelopment Concepts Open House for the Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp – Navassa Superfund Site in Navassa, North Carolina on Thursday, August 9, 2018.

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Florida Celebrates #GullahGeechee Nation Appreciation Week 2018

Nassau County and the City of Fernandina Beach, Florida both proclaimed “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week 2018.”  For the first time in history, the celebration was launched on Amelia Island at historic American Beach.  Gullah/Geechee Famlee Day at American Beach was a huge success on an extremely sunny day which followed a stormy night with massive rains and flooding.  The only flooding on the launch day was the love being shared by the Gullah/Geechees from the Carolinas and Georgia that came to reunite with their rest of their people in Florida.

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“Protect: Coastlines, Guns and Women in the Low Country” Focuses on the Gullah/Geechee

“Protect: Coastlines, Guns and Women in the Low Country” is a pilot episode of a series which highlights stories in local communities around issues of sustainability. These features are produced using film, photography and editorials to examine the challenges around meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the U.S. The SDGs are a universal call to action to end poverty, to protect the planet and to ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.  The Gullah/Geechee Nation is engaged with other nations of the world in insuring that the SDGs are accomplished.

Two Lane Films decided to interview Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) and several of the citizens of Savannah, GA and other areas of coastal Georgia regarding their views on a number of topics related to their land and culture. 

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Stop the Spaceport on the Gullah/Geechee Coast!

The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition is standing with 100 Miles, Protect Cumberland Island, and many other individuals and groups in opposition to this spaceport being licensed and erected.  There are a number of negative environmental impacts that will take place that have not been fully examined nor considered in the environmental impact statement.  In addition to that, cultural heritage has been completely left out of consideration as Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) made clear during her statement at the public hearing.

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May 2018 Celebrations in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

Now that spring is in full effect, the days are definitely not wasted in the Gullah/Geechee Nation.  In fact, this is the time for continued cultural celebration!   The Gullah/Geechee Nation is hosting events every weekend in May.  Bring de famlee and cum fa jayn we!

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