Deceleration is an online news magazine reporting at the intersection of climate change and social justice about our shared ecological, political, and cultural crises.
Deceleration is dedicated to analyzing the issues inspiring human and planetary insecurity, and seeks to reveal opportunities to help restore common concern and sustainable peace.
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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 impossible space between artistic, activist, and academic worlds, searching for a praxis capacious enough to hold theory, action, and poetics in productive tension. Originally from San Antonio and rural areas north, she began her political life as a poet first and later participated in grassroots campaigns for environmental justice in San Antonio, which inspired her doctoral research at the University of California at Davis. After graduating in 2009 with her PhD in Cultural Studies, she trafficked between academia and community organizing, first working as climate justice organizer with Southwest Workers Union and then teaching in the American Studies Department at the University of Kansas as an ACLS New Faculty Fellow. In 2010, she decided against a traditional academic career, instead returning to San Antonio to apply her education as a community-based scholar and creative writer. Currently, she works by day at a local arts nonprofit, while in her nightlife she is a mama, a writer, and researcher, all in service of collective efforts to protect la madre tierra and create alternatives to parasitic forms of urban “development.” Current projects include a novel-in-progress called Luz at Midnight and a report for Vecinos de Mission Trails, which documents the impacts of forced relocation on mobile home residents removed from their homes as part of the city’s recent push for downtown redevelopment.
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