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‘Stories of Environmental Injustice’ has been set up to support the ‘So We Stand‘ movement, and to provide what will be a continually growing body of stories, testimonies and voices of communities impacted by envionmental injustice.
‘So We Stand’ is a people’s movement organising for empowering social change to develop multiracial politics and self defence strategies to better our lives and communities. Through our creativity we strive for environmental justice, dignity and self-determination in the face of growing inequality.
Environmental justice is about the unequal environmental burdens borne by groups such as racial minorities, women, and residents of poorer areas. ‘So We Stand‘ is committed to making links between struggles for justice. We work to provide support to groups and individuals, and to link up communities and groups that share similar experiences and goals.
We aim to build a movement to reclaim space, and share support, ideas, and strategies with one another across our diverse communities to take control of our lives. We use community popular education leading to creative and effective direct action. Popular education is a tool which helps join the dots between the causes of poverty, racism, climate change and other interrelated injustices and what we can do to challenge them. Popular education encourages us all to become more aware of how an individual’s personal experiences are connected to larger societal problems. We are empowered to act to effect change on the problems that affect us.
Direct action is about people themselves acting together to create better conditions, to resist or stop oppression and exploitation, and to solve problems. History has shown us that when there is a need for radical social change, asking those in power nicely to relinquish some control doesn’t get us very far. Direct action as a tactic is wide-ranging, including both stopping objectionable practices, and creating alternatives.
With ‘So We Stand London’, communities of colour disproportionately affected by pollution, poverty and heavy industry have had enough and are rising up. In So We Stand Scotland, communities in Clydebank living with pollution by Glasgow airport, comminities in Easterhouse facing fuel poverty and others across the Central Belt have had enough of living in the shadow of pollution and poverty and are organising together.
We are a think-and-act tank, linking the issues of global capitalism, environmental degradation and climate change with their local impacts. For us, this means working locally on issues such as anti-war, police brutality, prison abolition, affordable housing, healthcare and public transportation, environmental justice, racist immigration policies, and many more. We stand in support with other movements engaged in this work. We are committed to enabling self-defence against oppression in all areas of our movement. This means addressing whose voices are heard, which priorities are chosen, what actions are taken, who does the work, and who gets the credit.
‘So We Stand’ is about hope. It gives us all real hope that we can do something about the situation we are living in.
Dan Glass, Community Organiser with ‘So We Stand‘