*first published here

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During crises like this pandemic we are re-exposed to the deep inequities and exclusions faced by disenfranchised communities at all levels. On a normal day, those of us who are privileged can afford to disregard or overlook such trauma. But then there are moments where we are forced to reckon with the society we’ve created and all the lives that are continually eviscerated by lack of access. Two incidents occured that spurred this blog post, though they are not the first of their kind. …


“I know some of you are worried about the wall… Every problem we face is a fictitious wall that was created to divide us and separate.”

-Vandana Shiva, 2.11.19

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Last week I saw the ecological activist, powerhouse Vandana Shiva speak. This past weekend I started reading her book Soil Not Oil. A few days ago Trump made his declaration of a national emergency over his border wall. When I saw her speak she shared the above wisdom, which was a resolved foresight that only comes from years of working with communities on the ground who contribute to climate change the least, but suffer from it the most. …


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image made by artist BMike

It was like church without the worship and pious hierarchies. We articulated freedom dreams that seem like a luxury to process. We got to think, without suffocating on the White supremacy that our societies try to make seem like oxygen. …

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Teju Adisa-Farrar

Geographer | Writer | Poet | Consultant : mapping resilient futures: alternative geographies x environmental / cultural equity [views my own]

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