What capacities are there to recognize and attend to toxics in this place?


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Kaitlyn Rabach's picture
February 17, 2020

In terms of local organizing, the duetero capacity comes in waves. I think post-2008 there was a wake up call and after the 2010 census several organizations (mostly NGOs and private businesses in town) attempted to organize around “unity” in Muskegon, capitalizing on the narrative of the economic crisis hitting Muskegon at-large and this propulated myth that no was immune to the crisis. 


Thinking of archiving the toxic histories in Muskegon, only one project really comes to mind. The documentary Up From the Bottoms: The Search for the American Dream which follows “the personal stories of African-Americans, now in their 80s and 90s who migrated north in the 1940sto the war factories of Muskegon, Mi. This film was done by a local school teacher (one of mine actually).


But also, this is from the same side of the state as Betsey Devos and Bill Huizenga. What does the defunding of public schools and the defunding of environmental agencies do for undercutting deutero capacity?