Today, in light of the coming catastrophes, the question posed by African-American author James Baldwin once again presents itself: “Do I really want to be integrated into a burning house?” Also, the structural integrity of the house is questionable.
At dawn on the morning of Feb 21 a group of Indigenous relatives and allies gathered for ceremony and began to set up camp at the Roof Depot site in East Phillips. If the city will not heed warnings about the risks of demolition and construction, say residents, they will protect their community themselves.
We are in such a dire situation. We’ve tried with peaceful, polite, civil means, with no property destruction involved, just maximum restraint and peaceful civil disobedience. With very few exceptions, that’s as far as the climate movement has dared to go. We haven’t reached far enough by employing only these methods.