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Hosted by the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, SPPUA in Action Seminar Series is a community-building initiative that brings together faculty, students, alumni, and friends of the School to share their current work, in either research or practice. The goal is to strengthen the School’s network by discussing ideas and showing its diversity of projects.  

Louisiana Abolitionist Ecologies: Black & Indigenous Women for Environmental, Energy, & Climate Justice

When: March 31, 2021
Time: 4 to 5 p.m.
Location: Zoom Meetings
Speaker: Frances Roberts-Gregory, Future Faculty Fellow

Abstract

Women and frontline communities of color currently lead grassroots movements for environmental, energy, and climate justice. They resist state-corporate crime, gender-based violence, and the mundanity of environmental racism. Feminist environmentalism(s) similarly promote intersectional climate solutions and critique extractive economies that externalize human rights abuses, racialized health disparities, and long-term pollution and increased greenhouse gas emissions at the hands of transnational corporations and the polluter elite. Fortunately, a growing multi-racial, gender-inclusive, and women-led movement for earth justice calls for a just transition to regenerative economies and energy democracy. Black, Indigenous, and Women of Color (BIWOC) water protectors and concerned citizens ultimately reimagine postapocalyptic geographies and conjure abolitionist possibilities while refusing the everyday violence of epistemic injustice. Most importantly, they embrace the transformative potential of a feminist spatial imagination and what an emerging generation of anti-racist, feminist scholars term anti-resilience, abolition ecology, emergent strategies, and radical planning. This lecture suggests how a feminist future centering Afrofuturism and Indigenous Futurities might replace the necropolitics of toxic geographies and sacrifice zones. It also explores the possibility for interspecies survival, joy, mutual aid, pleasure, recovery, restoration, and healing by focusing on the activism, advocacy, and organizing work of Black and Indigenous women in Gulf Coast Louisiana.

About Frances

Frances Roberts-Gregory is an ecowomanist ethnographer and feminist political ecologist. She is currently serving as a Future Faculty Fellow at Northeastern University in the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs. Frances is also a co-founding member of the Feminist Agenda for a Green New Deal, former environmental educator for the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, and former resource developer for the New Orleans and C40 Women4Climate Mentorship Program. She has lectured on gender, environmental racism, digital activism, and climate justice at Tulane University, Bard Early College New Orleans, and the University for Peace. Reach Frances via blackngreenphd.org.