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Stop I-526 Extension from Destroying the Gullah/Geechee Nation!

The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition has stood in opposition to the expansion of I-526 onto the Sea Islands of Charleston County, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation for close to a decade! We have successfully opposed this in a myriad of ways along with others that do all that we can to #Nix526! We are calling on you to send in letters from around the world to help us stop this destructionment project! Write in and tell them to choose “NO BUILD!” Protect the Gullah/Geechee Nation’s Sea Islands!

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WEBE Gullah/Geechee: Collaborating for Social and Environmental Justice!

This panel discussion explores tensions and opportunities when communities and university-based researchers collaborate. Based on a decade-long collaboration between Queen Quet, the Chieftess and Head of State of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and Kate Derickson, faculty member in Geography, Environment and Society, the panel will include a discussion of the model for effective collaboration and communication, strategies for including students in engaged research, and tools and techniques that have been useful throughout. We will also explore the complex historic relationship between Gullah/Geechee Nation and the University of Minnesota and how that conditions the ethical terrain of collaboration.

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Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Awareness Month 2021

De Gullah/Geechee Nation gladdee fa e time fa disya! Queen Quet. Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, the Gullah/Geechee Nation Wisdom Circle Council of Elders, and the Gullah/Geechee Nation Assembly of Representatives are putting on shoutin shoes in order to celebrate “Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Awareness Month 2021.” The month will be launched at the “Gullah Moja Art Experience” reception on Friday, October 1, 2021 at 5 pm at the Cannon Street Theater in Charleston, SC.

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Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Nation Receives the Order of the Palmetto

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) is a native of St. Helena Island, SC and the first person from her island to receive the prestigious “Order of the Palmetto.”   South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster presented Queen Quet with the State of South Carolina’s highest civilian honor presented in recognition of a lifetime of extraordinary achievement, service and contributions on a national or statewide scale. Queen Quet has received approximately 300 awards and honors over the years and sees this one as not only for her, but for the entire Gullah/Geechee Nation especially for her ancestors that built South Carolina through their knowledge and skills. “Disya award sweet as a Gullah/Geechee Palmetto rose!,” she says.

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Git Rooted Wit We @GullahGeechee! Support Global Reforestry Part 4

As I took in the passion and power of this global interfaith community and listened to the small collective efforts that were being done, I could immediately see the cumulative impact that this would have if we amplified these ideas of positive global micro-changes on a daily basis instead of simply having folks pay attention to catastrophe and disaster during the news cycle or via their newsfeeds. Instead of focusing on what town flooded today, what would happen if we flooded people’s minds with the healing things that they could do for the earth and how they could leave something that would benefit the next generation through a small action like obtaining and planting a tree and/or donating a dollar to help someone else in the world to do the same?

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Gullah/Geechee Stop Sand Mining on Daufuskie!

Daufuskie Island Property owners and the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition are celebrating after thwarting a 3.9-acre sand mine in the center of the island and near historically and culturally important Gullah/Geechee buildings, burial area, and landmarks.

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Git Rooted Wit We @GullahGeechee! Support Global Reforestry! Part 2

Those of us at South Carolina Interfaith Power & Light seek to bring the type of peace that I felt at Fondes Amandes to others throughout our home state and around the world. We know that trees improve the health of those in close proximity to them. Trees not only cool down the areas which is becoming even more appreciated as deathly heat waves continue to happen in different parts of the world, trees also remove pollutants from the air. Scientists have also concluded that trees reduce depression and stress and increase lifespans. I know that my life force was increased by the journey to higher heights with my Merikin Famlee in Trinidad and I pray that the trees that were planted will speak to the souls of future generations that sit beneath their shade and share our cultural heritage traditions and connections as we did during that journey. Juss likka de tree, we rooted een who webe!

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Gullah Wars 2021: Saving the Site of the Stono Rebellion

there is an attempt to annex which is usually a tactic used along the coast when folks seek to upzone and bring in massive destructionment projects. If the annexation and upzoning were to pass, more than 3,000 homes could be built on the headwaters of Rantowles Creek—which flows into the Stono River which is the location for which the Stono Rebellion is named. Currenty, there are fewer than 300 homes are allowed there.  In order to keep this overbuilding from happening in this environmentally sensitive and historic areas, we must be like Cato and the Angolan men. We have to work and march together for liberty! We need to take a stand to protect the land!

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Where You Gonna Run To? Cultural Heritage Continuation and the Intersectionality of Calamity

…those that truly see the world devastation attached to the spiritual degradation that has led people to being so self absorbed that they are more interested in their distractions than they are in focusing on ways to heal the planet, find ourselves almost unable to rise from our knees to work since we are consistently crying out to GOD to hold back the storms and heal the land. If the root cause of climate change is truly anthropocene and climate inaction has produced and will continue to produce more human health issues from heat induced sicknesses to pandemics and will continue to threaten our food security by bringing about ocean acidification, drought, and wildfires amongst a sundry lists of other issues, “Oh sinner man, where you gonna run to?”

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Gullah/Geechee ENERGY Day

The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition’s Gullah/Geechee ENERGY Project is an intergenerational capacity building project to raise community awareness about the definition and value of renewable energy sources. It is part of the Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Plan United Nations Sustainable Development Goals work that focuses on ending energy poverty. This first Gullah/Geechee ENERGY Day will bring to the community a wide range of information on how to reduce their energy bills, renewable energy options and careers in the energy field.

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