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Deceleration is an online journal responding to our shared ecological, political, and cultural crises. We write at the intersection of environment and justice—journalistically, academically, and creatively—with emphasis on our city and bioregion (the watersheds of San Antonio and South Texas broadly). We are dedicated to cultivating radical imagination around multiple ecological crises, going to the roots of climate disturbance in historical systems of oppression while expanding and deepening the sorts of solutions we put into practice for protecting and creating the commons.
Above all, we aspire to create a community space for sharing both the ideas and practice required for a just transition. We aim to fight forward as well as fight back, to build community networks of care and resilience rather than simply chronicling catastrophe.
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 welcome proposals for short- and long-form reporting, essay, and analysis within and beyond our geography that fit within the scope of our mission (see here for our submission guidelines). Also: don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter, and if you are able, consider a facilitating contribution to help this work flourish, either a recurring donation via Patreon or a one-time donation via PayPal.
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Who’s Making It?
Deceleration is produced by Co-Editors Marisol Cortez and Greg Harman.
Marisol Cortez, Ph.D. inhabits the difficult terrain 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 trafficked between academia and community organizing before returning to San Antonio to apply her education as a writer, editor, and community-based scholar. She currently juggles writing, full-time parenting and co-editing responsibilities for Deceleration, all in service of collective efforts to protect la madre tierra and create alternatives to parasitic forms of economic “development.”
In 2020 she gave birth to the South Texas cli-fi novel Luz At Midnight (FlowerSong Press), which won the 2021 Sergio Troncoso Award for Best First Book of Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters. For more on Luz and other publications and projects-in-process, visit her website here.
Greg Harman is an independent journalist and former community organizer who has written about environmental health and justice issues since the late 1990s. He has worked as a clean energy organizer for the Lone Star chapter of the Sierra Club and is a former editor of the San Antonio Current and former contributing editor at Texas Climate News. His work has appeared in places such as 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, 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.