Social Justice in a Time of Social Distancing
By Kenneth Bailey and Lori Lobenstine
The advised precautions for dealing with the coronavirus ask us to focus on ourselves. Wash your hands. Cover your mouth. Don’t host or attend large gatherings. The precautions make us turn inward to focus on the virus’s impact on our individual health and the interruption of our daily lives. As much as we have to take these precautions, we must also understand that they are doing something to us. They are arranging us in ways that produce effects.
At DS4SI, we believe that ideas are embedded in social arrangements, which in turn produce effects. Some of the effects we’re worried about here will locate themselves in what we call affective remainder: residual intensities that linger on past an event or episode in life. In this case, we imagine these will exacerbate fear and aversion of the other, those who are always already-blamed. (Think of the racist targeting of black “looters” after Hurricane Katrina, the xenophobic blaming of Asian and African nations for viruses, and the homophobic blaming of queer communities when HIV/AIDS emerged.)
Her Vote. Her Story
100 years ago, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. constitution was ratified, restoring women’s legal right to vote. Her Vote. Her Story. celebrates this significant milestone. Many women — and men —organized, protested, penned pamphlets, created politically-charged cookbooks, endured prison, and braved hunger strikes to support the cause. Did you know that local educator and Mercer girl Elizabeth “Lizzie” Ordway was a leader in Washington’s suffrage movement?
Her Vote. Her Story. shines a light on the national, state, and local impact including what it means for women today.
Bainbridge Island Celebrates Black History Month
Ever since 1976, each President sets a theme for Black History Month. This year’s theme is “African Americans and the Vote.” This highlights the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave woman the right to vote. It also honors the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendment, which gave African American men the right to vote.
Explore How Climate Change Will Affect Bainbridge Island
Take another listen to the community discussion about how Bainbridge Island can adapt to climate change – presented at the Climate and Energy Forum May 21 2019. Speakers: Lara Hansen from EcoAdapt, Stacey Nordgren from Foresight Partners Consulting and James Rufo-Hill from the City of Seattle present brief talks on the Bainbridge Island Climate Impact Assessment and the Climate Change Advisory Committee’s recommendations. Presentations will be followed by an engaging group discussion to solicit ideas from the community.