In a March, 2012 speech given in Berkeley, CA, noted activist and educator Grace Lee Boggs urged people working in the movements for social justice to "Reimagine everything!""We have to reimagine work and go away from labor. We have to reimagine revolution and get beyond protest. We have to think not only about change in our institutions, but changes in ourselves," Boggs said. Excerpt from Grace Lee Boggs: "Reimagine Everthing"
It was an inspiring challenge whose time had come. So we published part of that speech in Race, Poverty and the Environment (RP&E) in a special issue we called Reimagine, and invited 25 writer/activists, such as Sylvia Federici, Selma James, Maya Wiley, Jeff Conant, and Darwin Bond Graham to reflect on how we might collectively reimagine organizing around issues as diverse as planning, transit, and economic justice for women. To read what they had to say and be inspired as we were, visit Reimaginerpe.org.
As it happened, Reimagine turned out to be the last issue of the RP&E Journal to be published by Urban Habitat. The management of the moment, decided to suspend publication of this journal whose history spans nearly a quarter of a century. Rather than bemoan the loss of a journal of record of the environmental justice movement since 1990, we decided to take up Boggs’ challenge to change how we work—in our institutions and in ourselves—and reimagine RP&E for this generation.
On February 26, 2014, RP&E journal, website and Radio RPE were re-launched as a collaborative effort we call Reimagine!, with the support of our original co-founding organizations—the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment (CRPE) and Urban Habitat (UH) under new management—and with fiscal sponsorship from the Movement Strategy Center (MSC). We will be resourcing this effort through a mixture of shared labor, earned income, foundation support, subscriptions, solidarity, mutual aid, and grassroots fundraising. And we will need your support in carrying forward Boggs’ challenge so that we can collectively reimagine the way we create.
On March 27, 2014, we will kick off the reimagining with our MovementsMaking Media event in Oakland, California. The justice movements of our day need places to create media that is by and for people making social change.
Given the demographic shifts in the United States, it is more important than ever for policy advocacy, organizing, and movement-building to reflect the interests and goals of low-income and communities of color. We need research-based, community-tested, scalable solutions to the economic, racial, and climate crises of the 21st century. With your support we hope to make Reimagine! a place where these needs are met.
The RP&E journal, website and podcasts provide a vital platform for activists, policy makers, and scholars to exchange views, share best practices, and advance racial and economic justice through analysis, policy advocacy, and movement building. RP&E’s solution-oriented approach is exactly what is called for in this political climate. It’s a communications vehicle that elevates community voices to a higher level and a larger movement, and advances an environmental, social and economic justice agenda.
Please join us!
For more information, please visit: reimaginerpe.org