Deceleration is an online journal that responds to our shared ecological, political, and cultural crises, writing at the intersection of climate change and social justice–journalistically, academically, and creatively.
Deceleration is dedicated to analyzing the roots of human and planetary insecurity, seeking to reveal opportunities to help protect and create the commons–beyond just resistance–in pursuit of a sustainable peace.
Deceleration aspires to serve as a collaborative space that seeks out solutions rather than merely chronicling pains.
Deceleration is inspired by intellectual and political movements around the world for degrowth, buen vivir, the right to the city, and the rights of nature/mother earth.
While we will highlight coverage of events and opportunities in our city and bioregion (San Antonio/San Antonio & Guadalupe Watersheds, South Texas), we are accepting proposals for essays, features, podcasts, and shorter news items that fit within the scope of our mission. As an unfunded labor of love and conviction, we aren’t able to pay contributors, but if Deceleration’s mission resonates with you and you’d like to be a part of our community, drop us a note.
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Deceleration is produced by Greg Harman and Marisol Cortez:
Gregory Harman is a community organizer and independent journalist who has written about environmental health and justice issues since the late 1990s. He is a clean energy organizer for the Lone Star chapter of the Sierra Club and former editor of the San Antonio Current. He is a former contributing editor at Texas Climate News and his work has appeared in the Austin Chronicle, The Guardian, The Dallas Morning News, Indian Country Today, Yes! Magazine, Houston Press, and the Texas Observer, among others. His journalism has been recognized by the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, Houston Press Club, Society of Professional Journalists, Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club, Public Citizen Texas, and Associated Press Managing Editors. He holds a bachelor’s in English from Texas Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in International Relations (Conflict Transformation) from St. Mary’s University.
Marisol Cortez, Ph.D. (right) attempts to occupy the difficult space between artistic, activist, and academic worlds. Beginning her political life as a poet, she later participated in grassroots campaigns for environmental justice in her hometown of San Antonio, which inspired her doctoral research at the University of California at Davis. After graduating in 2009 with her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies, she has trafficked between academia and community organizing, before returning to San Antonio to apply her education as a community-based scholar and creative writer. She currently works at a local arts organization by day, while by night she is a mama, writer, and researcher, all in service of collective efforts to protect la madre tierra and create alternatives to parasitic forms of urban “development.”
For a listing of her previous publications and a description of current projects-in-process, visit her website here.
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