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PODCAST: Rights of Nature Arrives in San Antonio

Deceleration · 14: Rights of Nature Movement Reaches San Antonio Marisol Cortez In Spring of 2012, at the tail end of my time teaching in Lawrence, Kansas, I had the privilege of attending the Rights of Mother Earth Conference at Haskell Indian Nations University. I’d found my way to Haskell […]

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TAKE ACTION: COVID-19 Recovery & Utility Justice Town Hall

UPDATE (9:24PM): THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. NATIONAL SIERRA CLUB IS PUTTING ALL OF ITS COMMUNICATIONS AND OUTREACH ON PAUSE TO HELP KEEP OUR FOCUS ON THE WORK OF BLACK LIVES MATTER ACROSS THE NATION. We know pollution kills. We know that utility rates aren’t fair. And we know that […]

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EP12: SATX Vigil for George Floyd … Westside police beating

Deceleration.Live Episode 12 came more spur of the moment after seeing local organizers had struck a nerve in San Antonio with an event dedicated to decrying the death of George Floyd and advancing the message that Black Lives Matter. In this broadcast you will hear from organizers of the event […]

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EP11: San Antonio City Council Breaks on Critical Renter Protections

In just over 10 minutes, Deceleration.Live Episode 11 breaks down San Antonio City Council’s failure last week to protect local renters staring down a June 1, 2020, eviction deadline by passing a proposed 60-day grace period on evictions. The landlords turned up in force; renters and housing advocates kept their […]

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How COVID-19 and White Fragility are Fueling Fascist Creep

In the COVID-19 era, white fragility intensifies a collective sense of white life in peril, paving the way for a rising fascism. How can we intervene? Alex Khasnabish/ROAR Politics as usual seems to have been put on hold while we grapple with the pandemic, but the political forces and formations […]

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TAKE ACTION: Carrizo Comecrudo Tribunal for Human Rights

The upcoming Carrizo Comecrudo Tribunal for Human Rights connects the dots between petrochemical development, violence against Indigenous women, environmental justice, border militarization, and migration. Marisol Cortez When land or community wellbeing has suffered injustice, we often look to the courts to redress any rights violations. But what if the corporate […]

Podcast, San Antonio Bioregion

PODCAST: Fabiola Ochoa Torralba on Decolonizing Dance

Embodied research notes toward a bird movement vocabulary. Marisol Cortez I met Fabiola Ochoa Torralba years ago, helping plan the International Women’s Day march. Around San Antonio she’s known for community-embedded dance projects that use movement to draw people into a variety of issues—from migration to the preservation of public […]

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‘We Demand a More Care-full World!’ & Other COVID Statements We Like

Marisol Cortez 1. First up: “Reimagining the Future After the Corona Crisis,” a hot-off-the-presses open letter by New Roots for the Economy, written collaboratively by members of the international degrowth network and signed by over 70 organizations and 1,100+ scientists, artists, activists, academics from 66 countries (including a couple of […]

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EP10: Everyday Rude Boy’s Unintentional Mental Health Mother’s Day

Episode 10 is Deceleration‘s “mad pride” edition. Almost in time for Mother’s Day. We celebrate 10 episodes with a deep dive discussion of all things mental illness in the time Covid-19 with celebrated San Antonio musician (and artist) Phil Luna. This was truly one of our most satisfying broadcasts. We […]

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EP09: Gov. Abbott’s COVID-19 Redux … DIY Loquat Jam … SWU’s Mutual Aid

Deceleration‘s ninth broadcast for the Covid-19 era in San Antonio opens w/ a nod to International Worker’s Day and local calls for the release of the incarcerated and support for housing rights. Texas Governor Greg Abbott gets a fitting roast for his decision to send Texas back to the movies […]

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SURVEY: What is Deceleration?

We’ve been doing an awful lot of livestreaming since we joined the viral sequestering a few weeks ago. Maybe you’ve noticed. Eight broadcasts, with dozens of interviews, guest poets and musicians, news updates (COVID-related and otherwise), action alerts, all made possible by a whole lot of plugging and unplugging of […]

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PODCAST: ‘Words for Birds 2020, Poetics for Pandemics’

We are excited to present Deceleration’s first foray into DIY publishing—an avian-themed poetry zine called Words for Birds 2020: Poetics for Pandemics. Read it here … with two bonus features for our online readers. Marisol Cortez When the pandemic nixed Words for Birds, an annual workshop and reading held at […]