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The Human Right to Choose Our Future

For many the connection between climate justice and reproductive justice may seem tenuous, but not for me. My initiation into movement space was as a young reproductive justice advocate in the South and it left a lasting mark. Whether it is fossil fuel companies or the conservative judges on the Supreme Court, there is always a privileged few willing to disproportionately harm whole populations, and the repercussions always hit marginalized communities first and hardest. 

Reproductive justice is not just about a woman’s right to choose whether or not to bear a child, but also everything that affects that decision. At the root of the reproductive justice movement is the truth that, in addition to bodily autonomy being a paramount human right, we also live in a world that is, in many places, actively antagonistic towards life. This is only deepened by the climate crisis. It is unethical to demand that child-bearing people give birth whilst also refusing to create a world that is habitable to the children they would give birth to. It is unethical to strip people of what little federal protection they have to obtain an abortion. It is doubly unethical to do so while refusing to pass any credible climate legislation while the Earth is made increasingly uninhabitable in the interests of corporate profit. People have the right to decide what to do with their bodies. And on a planet our governments are allowing to burn (and in many cases literally fueling the fire) it is not only immoral but absurd to try to strip people of that fundamental right. 

But anti-choicers, much like climate deniers, are not interested in truth or collective well-being. Anti-choicers, much like climate deniers, are not interested in justice or people’s right to bodily autonomy. Anti-choicers, much like climate deniers, are (often unknowingly) willing to sacrifice their own well-being and human rights for the idea of power. 

But we are powerful too. Truly powerful. We are invested in truth, in collective well-being, in justice, and in people’s right to bodily autonomy. And through our intentional interdependence, our communities have insurmountable power. Because we know that we have the human right to decide what happens to us, to our families, and to our communities. We know we have the right to determine our futures, without the tyranny of corporations or power-hungry legislators overriding our decisions. We know these rights are inviolable. And so we know we cannot allow those who would seek to dominate us to strip us of those rights. 

We must remember that this decision is not final. The Supreme Court still has an opportunity to heed the pleas of those standing in protest and not finalize their horrendous decision to strip people of their human right to choose what to do with their bodies. 

No matter what the Supreme Court decides, we cannot allow those in power to steal our right to determine our own futures. Whether it is our right to bodily autonomy and the right to choose, or our right to a healthy, and thriving Earth that is not being destroyed at the hands of greedy capitalists, we must work together to ensure that our human rights are protected. We must stand in solidarity to ensure that our future and the future of the children we choose to bring into this world are futures worth seeing. We can do it, but we must do it together. And we must do it now. 

To quote Toshi Reagon’s Parable of the Sower Opera “There’s a new world coming. …where you gon be standin’ when it comes?”

We must choose to stand together and ensure the new world coming is the one we all deserve. 

AriDy Nox
Director of Narrative Strategy 
The Climate Mobilization and Climate Mobilization Project

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Alexia Leclerq

Network Coach

Alexia (she/they) is an environmental justice organizer based in Austin, TX. They graduated summa cum laude from NYU (’20), where they self-designed a major titled “The Politics and Economics of Inequality.” Their research focuses on political ecology, environmental justice, AAPI communities, inequality, postcolonialism. As an organizer and researcher they have spent the past 5 years working on various issues from preserving the Colorado River, water rights, fighting land use policy and zoning that enforces race-based discrimination, conducting ethnographic research on climate health, to organizing mutual aid, youth programming, and shaping national legislation alongside members of the Environmental Justice Leadership Forum and the Environmental Justice Health Alliance; today Alexia continues to work as an organizer with PODER, a grassroots EJ org. Alexia is also the co-founder of Start: Empowerment, a BIPOC led social and environmental justice education non-profit working with youth, educators, activists, and community members to implement justice-focused education and programming in schools and community spaces. S:E curriculum and programming has reached over 2,000 students, been recognized by the NYC Department of Education, and taught in universities. In 2021, their work was recognized by the prestigious Brower Youth Award.

Emmett Hopkins

National Organizer

Emmett organizes local-scale mobilization for the Sonoma County campaign, while supporting Climate Mobilization’s organizing efforts around the country. He brings over a decade of experience collaborating with diverse stakeholders to build community food systems, ensure equitable access to public lands, and mobilize resources towards a just transition to an amazing zero carbon future. He graduated from Stanford with a BS in Earth Systems and MS in Urban Planning & Sustainable Design. Emmett enjoys growing food and cultivating relationships, riding bikes and buses, and reimagining our communities to better serve all the people living in them.

Suha Dabbouseh

National Organizer

National Organizer Suha Dabbouseh leads national strategy for The Climate Mobilization. They are originally from Chicago but have lived, organized and rebel-roused in seven states and 11 cities. Suha received their law degree from CUNY-School of Law where they focused on social justice lawyering representing detainees at Guantanamo Bay. While practicing law, Suha had worked to advocate on behalf of domestic violence survivors, transgender clients and fighting employment discrimination. Their passion is building people power and organizing to dismantle structural inequities.

Matt Renner

Executive Director of The Climate Mobilization

Matt has worked as a nonprofit executive in clean energy, climate policy, and journalism for over a decade, focusing on the near-term social and economic impacts of climate change. He leads organizational expansion and works closely with the communications and organizing teams. Matt earned a BA in political science from UC Berkeley, where he was deeply inspired by the work of Professor George Lakoff.

Mariyah Jahangiri

Network Organizer

Mariyah leads Climate Mobilization Network’s recruitment, coordination, and organizing support. She has organized across movements and is passionate about addressing white supremacy in the mainstream climate movement and building capacity for youth-led, BIPOC-led intersectional climate movements. She has been inspired by her experiences organizing to defund the police in Boston, supporting mutual aid and food sovereignty projects in Iowa, Atlanta, and Puerto Rico, and working on a Make Big Polluters Pay campaign. Mariyah worked as an organizer with the Bernie Sanders 2020 campaign and Planned Parenthood PAC. She graduated from Grinnell College with a Sociology degree.

Rebecca Harris

Co-Leader and Director of Organizing

Rebecca leads Climate Mobilization organizing efforts. Along with a history of social movement organizing, Rebecca he has worked as a journalist covering equity in Chicago public schools. Most recently, Rebecca worked as Development and Communications Manager at Latino Union of Chicago, an immigrants’ and workers’ rights organization. She is a 2017 graduate of the Reframe Mentorship in strategic communications and a 2019 participant in the Anne Braden Organizer Training Program.

Marina Mails

Co-Leader and Director of Operations
Marina manages operations and volunteers for both The Climate Mobilization and Climate Mobilization Project. She brings broad experience working in non-profit organizations, health care settings, and running her own private counseling practice. Before joining Climate Mobilization, Marina maintained a practice focusing exclusively on climate-related emotional coping, helping people make bold choices for lifestyle and professional change in response to the Climate Emergency. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from Wake Forest University and a Masters in Counseling from UNC Greensboro.

Meghann Beer

Co-Leader and Director of Resource Mobilization and Strategy

Meghann brings more than 20 years of nonprofit management and fundraising experience to The Climate Mobilization and Climate Mobilization Project. For over a decade Meghann has worked as a nonprofit consultant helping organizations expand their capacity, secure revenue, develop successful strategies, and effectively evaluate their programs, enabling them to create greater positive change in the world. She has also worked as an executive director, designed and facilitated international service learning experiences, and taught university courses in fundraising and nonprofit management. Meghann earned a MPA in Nonprofit Management and Comparative and International Affairs from The School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, in Bloomington, IN and a BA in Art History and American Studies from Tufts University in Boston, MA.

Cris Lagunas

Strategy Director

Cris is helping to grow the Climate Emergency Movement by supporting creative campaigns and extending the reach of the movement’s message. Cris is a co-founder of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, an organization dedicated to using direct action tactics to expose, challenge and dismantle the immigration detention system.Cris got his start in organizing when he was 15 years old, getting involved in a local group of fellow undocumented youth.

Zack Burley

Policy Associate

Zack provides policy support for the Climate Mobilization team, and brings a versatile set of policy skills and experiences in labor organizing, journalism, legislative politics, and legal practice to the climate emergency movement. Zack earned a JD from Denver University Sturm College of Law, is a founding organizer of the Political Workers Guild of Colorado, and formerly served as a legislative aide in the Colorado General Assembly.

AriDy Nox

Co-Leader and Director of Narrative Strategy

 AriDy Nox is a multi-disciplinary black femme storyteller and social activist with a variety of forward-thinking creative works under her/their belt. They create out of the vehement belief that creating a future in which marginalized peoples are free requires a radical imagination. Their tales are offerings intended to function as small parts of an ancient, expansive, awe-inspiring tradition of world-shaping, created by and for black femmes. They have over a decade of experience as a young social activist and organizer, within reproductive justice and racial justice frameworks with organizations like the Young Women of Color Leadership Council with Advocates for Youth, the Toni Cade Bamabara Collective at Spelman College and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. They bring creativity, enthusiasm and a tremendous capacity for organization to her/their role and deep belief that times of apocalypse are opportunities for rebirth. We need first imagine the world we want in order to create it.