The Ward Valley Nuclear Waste Dump That Never Was

Last weekend I attended the 24th annual commemoration ceremonies of the successful anti-nuclear waste dump campaign in the Mojave Desert’s Ward Valley. This was my fourth time in attendance, and it was beautiful as always. When UC Press asked me to write a blog post linked to my forthcoming book this week, I jumped at the chance to write about Ward Valley:

Today, there is no nuclear waste dump in Ward Valley. This beautiful stretch of California’s Mojave Desert, about 25 miles west of the Colorado River, is instead home to plants, animals, and much of the culture and spirituality of the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe and other tribes of the Southern Colorado River, including the Chemehuevi, the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT), the Cocopah and the Quechan. Yet at one point, this land had another likely future — as the location for a shallow, unlined trench to store nuclear waste…

To read the rest, head over to the UC Press blog.

Group photo at the annual Ward Valley commemoration ceremony. February 24, 2018.

ASA presentation: Wikipedia and Black Feminist Thought

Last week I wrote a blog post for ASU’s Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology (CGEST). It previews the virtual presentation I will be giving with my (former Howard University student) coauthors Sophia Hussein and Lundyn Davis later today at the American Sociological Association’s annual meeting (coauthor Mariam Trent will not be joining us). CGEST focuses on women of color in science and technology, so it’s a great place to preview our presentation. Our talk is based on a paper in progress tentatively titled: “Wikipedia and the Outsider Within: Black Feminism and Racialized, Gendered Knowledge Construction Online.” The paper draws on our experience contributing to Wikipedia as part of a 2018 class on the Sociology of Food and Agriculture at Howard University. Check out the blog post, and come on by our virtual talk at 11:30 EDT if you are registered for the conference!

See also this other blog post where I describe the class assignment of contributing to Wikipedia.

New photo exhibit – HOUSING!

I have three photographs on display in a new, street-side photo exhibit on social justice issues related to housing that is now showing in Oakland, CA. I mean it when I say the exhibit is on the street – the brochure advertising the exhibit lists the location as, “Fence at 1229 23rd Ave.” The exhibit is put on by the following activist oriented groups: Class Conscious Photographers, A Working Lens Exhibitors, and the Eastside Arts Alliance. The opening reception took place on July 23rd, on the sidewalk.

One of my images speaks to redevelopment, gentrification and eviction in Washington DC. I took it as part of a larger project to document redevelopment in the neighborhoods adjacent to Buzzards Point. Two others depict historical and contemporary environmental threats to human health in San Joaquin Valley homes, especially in the form of contaminated drinking water. I took them as part of a larger project to document environmental justice activism in California (see here, here and here).

Drop by to check out the exhibit if you can. I’m very proud to be in the company of a group of excellent photographers sharing work on an important issue in this very public forum.

Photo by G. Sharat Lin