Moving Money in a Crisis

After the tragedy in Orlando, the New York City RG chapter hosted a conversation about moving money in response to crises. Here are some choice quotes from our discussion:

How to understand Orlando:

“We can’t forget that [Orlando] is one … Continue reading »

Economic Justice is Climate Justice

10671423_10152699672523704_4524976519551915064_nEconomic justice is climate justice. These are some reflections as I read Naomi Klein’s newest book “This Changes Everything” about extreme capitalism and the climate crisis.

If we meet RG’s mission of redistribution of land, wealth and power, we will also necessarily have contributed to stopping the climate crisis.

If we stop the climate crisis, really and truly, we will also necessarily have to meet RG’s mission. If land is distributed equitably and cared for by those inhabiting it, if power is held by those who are directly impacted by the decisions made about the resources in their area, if everyone has enough wealth to survive and thrive in dignity…the climate crisis will have been stopped, a new paradigm will have taken shape.

A new dominant economic paradigm* is our only option besides, well, literally ending life as we know it.  An economy that actually centers all life (people and planet) instead of just profits. Here’s why.

The planet is in crisis because of the global systems of trade, development, and resource-accumulation in the hands of a few individuals, corporations, and countries.


Back to the Land: RG Organizing in a Rural Community

        I am writing to open a conversation about what it’s like to live and work rurally and be engaged as an activist with Resource Generation.  At this point I have more questions than answers, but I hope telling my story and asking these questions may provoke some thoughts, ideas, or dialogue in the community.

This past year, for the first time in my life, I moved to the country.  The move seemed long overdue, seeing as I have been a farmer for the past 10 years of my life.  Yet I spent the bulk of my farming career living in a city and bike commuting to its outskirts, where I leased two acres and ran a CSA farm.  Since I grew up in a city and attended college in yet another city, I was compelled to live urbanly, even as my work and my interests grew increasingly rural.  I felt I needed to be in a city to have the community, camaraderie and peer network I craved. (more…)