Tag Archives: environmental justice

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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Public Hearings and Public Health in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

The Gullah/Geechee Nation is participating in National Public Health Week along with others throughout the United States April 2-8, 2018.   “Changing Our Future Together” requires an understanding of the various ways that we can support improving public health.  Each day of #NPHW has a different focus ranging from behavioral health and communicable diseases to injury and violence prevention and access to ensuring the right to health care and environmental health.  The Gullah/Geechee Nation has placed emphasis on the latter of the categories for the week given that improving and maintaining environmental health especially of the waterways.  Water quality, seafood safety and human health are the central focus of the work of the Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank.  This is a priority because without a healthy Gullah/Geechee Nation environment, the citizens will not be healthy.

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Civil War 3-#StoptheDrill and #GullahGeechee

As I heard the words from the representative from Greeleyville ringing out saying “We want our freedom now!” coupled with the words back to back from the other representatives saying that we are here to send a clear message to Washington, DC, I stood there thinking “South Carolina is firing again and this will be Civil War 3!”

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Rallies to Stop Oil Drilling @GullahGeechee

The current US administration is attempting to overturn the the removal of the east coast from oil exploration and drilling.  The Gullah/Geechee Nation is calling on all of our citizens and supporters to stand with us and our environmental partners as we rally to #StoptheDrill and the use of seismic guns off of our coastline! 

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#StopTheDrill @GullahGeechee

Please take the time today to write a letter or online comment expressing that you do NOT want any seismic guns used nor any oil exploration and drilling to be done in the Atlantic Ocean due to the fact that this would cause irreparable harm to the homeland and waterways of Gullah/Geechee people.  This will have negative impacts on the Gullah/Geechee fisheries as well as the quality of life on the Sea Islands.  Therefore, you stand in opposition to oil leasing in the Atlantic Ocean.  You can submit the comments and letters here: https://www.boem.gov/National-Program-Comment/  Please cc the letters to the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition at GullGeeCo@aol.com as well. 

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Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition Fighting for Freedom for 21 Years!

The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition has fought against the re-enslavement of Gullah/Geechees as well as the misrepresentation of our culture and displacement of our people from our homeland from Jacksonville, NC to Jacksonville, FL.  Yet, not everyone wants to be free unfortunately.  So, as Ella’s Song says,

“We who believe in freedom cannot rest!”

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De Wata Need We! Protecting the Waters of the Gullah/Geechee Nation’s Coast!

The Gullah/Geechee Nation also finds itself having to fight against oil exploration, oil drilling, and the use of seismic guns in the Atlantic Ocean once again since the US government is attempting to reopen the coast to this.  We have until August 17, 2017 for comments to be entered with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in opposition to oil exploration including the use of seismic guns and to oil drilling.  We are calling on all of our supporters worldwide to let them know that you stand with the Gullah/Geechee Nation maintaining its cultural heritage on this coast and to that end, you want the Atlantic Coast kept off of the list of locations for oil exploration and drilling to take place.  You can go to https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=BOEM-2017-0050-0001 to enter your comments.

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Gullah/Geechee Nation Leaders Fight for Environmental Equity

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) is continuing the “Gullah/Geechee Land & Legacy World Tour” in the Great Plains and the Great Lakes region. On this leg of the tour, the focus is environmental equity. At many locations of the tour, members of the Gullah/Geechee histo-musical presentation troupe, De Gullah Cunneckshun join Queen Quet. However, this month, Gullah/Geechee Nation Minister of Information and Protocol Elder Carlie Towne and Representative Glenda Simmons-Jenkins will be on the journey.

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Input Needed Regarding Jasper Ocean Terminal in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Charleston District (SAC) is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to assess the potential social, economic, and environmental effects associated with the construction and operation of the proposed Jasper Ocean Terminal (JOT) in Jasper County, South Carolina. In order to insure that Gullah/Geechee environmental and land rights are not left out of this assessment, Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) was present for the initial hearing on this matter.

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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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