Trip to Shell Bluff with Diné Advocates

Leona Morgan and Annie Laura Howard Stephens at the Savannah River in Shell Bluff
On the eve of Trump meeting with Kim Jong Un, Georgia WAND had its own historical event about denuclearizing the U.S. The day after speaking on the Mother’s Day for Peace panel, Denise Brown from the Diné community in New Mexico, and her mentor Leona Morgan joined up with Annie Laura Howard Stephens and Becky Rafter for a tour of Shell Bluff. Annie Laura was struck by the importance and historical nature of the trip, noting that indigenous folks had passed on the critical information not to build a nuclear power plant in Shell Bluff because it’s sited on a Faultline. The crew met with a local minister, who swapped feelings with Morgan and Brown about people coming into your community and doing whatever they want with it. They connected over this and their shared commitment to protecting the land and people.
Morgan and Brown are involved with the Nuclear Issues Study Group New Mexico. Brown wrote her master’s thesis on Shell Bluff; Morgan founded Diné No Nukes and has overseen a community-based radiological environmental monitoring effort. They refer to the nuclear fuel cycle (uranium mining, uranium milling, enrichment, nuclear power, nuclear weapons, and nuclear waste) as the “nuclear beast.” Georgia WAND has been in conversation with Morgan since 2013 about setting up an exchange program for youth in the Navajo and Shell Bluff communities. Last year, Deputy Director Lindsay Harper gave a presentation in Albuquerque, and Morgan and Brown have now come to Georgia. We’re getting closer to developing a youth exchange program. Annie Laura, a community elder who grew up on the land now owned by Georgia Power, talked about the “historical” meeting of our three different racial and ethnic groups and the opportunities that lie ahead for strategic alignment and shared struggle.
For more information contact Lindsay Harper at lindsay@georgiawand.org.

Lindsay Harper joins ProGeorgia Board of Directors

Deputy Director Lindsay Harper was recently elected to the board of ProGeorgia, a civic engagement coalition in which Georgia WAND participates. ProGeorgia supports Georgia WAND on our voter registration and Get Out the Vote (GOTV) efforts, a crucial part of our WeCount! civic engagement program.
“Being part of the ProGeorgia board provides Georgia WAND an opportunity to continue helping to steer this very important coalition of groups working in concert to build power in underserved communities in Georgia,” said Lindsay Harper. “I’m honored that the groups around the table support me and my leadership in adding value to the board!”

Perhaps we can post a page on the website about the story, place in it more information about GA WAND’s history with ProGA (including Krista), more about PG, and our current work: working group participation, JWJ, voter reg in GA, GOTV, etc… and then more about Lindsay’s contributions to the building power work (and we can frame it in terms of our strat plan). THEN we can share that story as a stand alone on social media with a great pic. And then add a link to the story in the next weekly

More information on ProGeorgia’s work here.

 

Send her a congratulations email at Lindsay@GeorgiaWAND.org

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