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.
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:
Greg Harman is an independent journalist who has written about environmental health and justice issues since the late 1990s. His work has appeared in the Austin Chronicle, Guardian Sustainable Business, Dallas Morning News, Indian Country Today, Yes! Magazine, Houston Press, and the Texas Observer, among others, and been honored 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 is a former staff writer and editor at the San Antonio Current, contributing editor for Texas Climate News, and a master’s candidate in International Relations (Conflict Transformation) at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.
Marisol Cortez, Ph.D. 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.” Her most recently completed project was a report with Vecinos de Mission Trails, which documents the impacts of forced relocation on mobile home residents displaced as part of San Antonio’s recent push for downtown redevelopment, and her academic work has been published in Community and the Material Basis of Citizenship (Routledge); Works and Days/Cultural Logic; Histories of the Dustheap: Waste, Material Cultures, Social Justice (MIT); Local Environment; Reconstruction; and Green Letters. She is active in Roca en el Rio/Stone in the Stream, an environmental writing collective in San Antonio, and her poetry has been featured in Voices de la Luna and La Voz de Esperanza. Current projects-in-progress include a novel called Luz at Midnight and a children’s book called Cat Points (written with her daughter Xochitl).
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