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BLOG POSTS – Assignment Instructions

After Thursday class each week, write a blog post that summarizes the content of the two class sessions that week in your own words and answer that week’s questions related to the class material, lecture, discussion and reading. Clarity is the key - we all have different styles and skill levels of writing, but you should strive to make your writing as clear and specific as possible.

You must summarize and discuss BOTH class lectures and readings to receive full credit.

Spell checks and grammar checks are mandatory!

Additionally, each week you will need to fill in the blanks on the blog post submission form that report your attendance at the two classes, the problem session, and the hours you spent on the final project during that week.

Blog Posts are due the Sunday following the Week at NOON. So the blog post for Week 1 is due Sunday, April 9 and so on...

Click here for instructions for submitting Blog Posts

**As for all of your online submitted work, be sure to retain a complete backup of your work until you receive your grade. Computers and the people who run them make mistakes.

Blog Post Questions

Week Seven
Write a one-paragraph summary of the content of the class on Tuesday, May 16. Write a second one-paragraph summary for the class on Thursday, May 16. Go beyond listing what happened in class - use your knowledge of science and ethnic studies frameworks to analyze the material and cite the reading and topics we have discussed in previous weeks as needed. Additionally, answer the following questions:

1) Discuss how western science describes the Ocean. Discuss how the communities and cultures of Oceania that live with the Ocean describe the Ocean.
2) Use scientific and ethnic studies frameworks to go beyond a surficial understanding of the differences between the two to illuminate the underlying mechanisms at work.
3) What consequences do these descriptions have and what is the relevance to environmental justice?

Week Six
No Blog Post. Have a great weekend!

Week Five

Write a one-paragraph summary of the content of the class on Tuesday, May 02. Write a second one-paragraph summary for the class on Thursday, May 04. And answer the following questions:

1. Read the following two news blurbs and critically analyze them with respect to environmental racism, urban environmentalism and urban environmental justice - plus any other critical analysis frameworks you think might apply.

********Blurb One*********
In the early afternoon of January 7th, it was announced that officer Johannes Mehserle had resigned from the BART police force so he would not be forced to testify at an internal hearing.

In the early hours of January 1st, BART police shot and killed a 22 year old man, Oscar Grant, on the platform of the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland. Witnesses report that Grant was "lying on his stomach with his hands out in a non-threatening position when he was shot". Police have confirmed Grant was unarmed and have suggested the shooting was an accident. Grant lived in Hayward and leaves behind a 4-year-old daughter... [On January 7], a rally was held at the Fruitvale BART station. Protesters gathered at 3pm and by 5pm the crowd had swelled to over one thousand people. Organizers noted that they intend to build a movement against police brutality and plan to hold several other demonstrations in the coming weeks. After dozens of speakers addressed the crowd for about 2 hours, a march began. Hundreds of protesters marched up International Blvd towards downtown Oakland. As the crowd passed the Lake Merritt BART area, there was a brief confrontation where a police car was attacked and a dumpster lit on fire. Within minutes, riot police arrived and shot tear gas into the crowd. The protest continued into the night as dozens of protesters took over and blocked the intersection of 14th and Broadway for over an hour, with chants of "We are Oscar Grant." A line of riot police then moved in to push the crowd out of the intersection and down 14th Street toward Lake Merritt. The protesters ran down 14th where dozens of car windows were broken and an SUV was set on fire. Police forces charged toward the group a few blocks later, and as protesters dispersed, windows were broken at a McDonald's.
[see https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/01/08/18559668.php and https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/01/03/18558098.php for more info]
********Blurb One*********

********Blurb Two*********
Under the umbrella of the Annual Black On Black Crime Solutions Panel, the C2B Chess Club & Mentoring Program is looking extremely promising. Courage To Believe International is a 501(c)3 youth mentoring organization, which operates to uplift the youth in Haiti and in Broward County, FL. They’re going into their 4th session of their free 10-week crime prevention chess mentorship program for South Florida students between 7-19 years of age. On November 4th, the students will be watching a spaceship launch at the Kennedy Space Center.

“This isn’t your ordinary chess club. The students have to do a book report presentation on ancient African Historical figures such as Imhotep and Queen Nzninga, two important people they’ll never learn in the current school system,” says the Program Director and chess instructor, King Kevin Dorival. “We’re also teaching them necessary life skills to show them how valuable they are to the community and society, which is a big part of the identity crisis of Black America.”
The game of chess improves emotional intelligence, develops mathematical skills, teaches logic, goal setting, and the importance of planning. The benefits can go on and on – this is a win-win situation for the Black community, the children, and the future of our society.
Dorival continues, “The truth is, we can’t afford NOT to invest in programs that teach our youth how to strategize, and to love their community. The growing School-To-Prison pipeline is evidence that we must make it mandatory to invest in our youth’s future.” Systematically, the C2B Chess Club truly believes that their hard word will significantly reduce Black On Black Crime, while increasing Black On Black Love...
The program is hosted in different cities in the South Florida area, and C2B is currently seeking a corporate sponsor that will assist them in spreading their wings to different states and different countries, such as Haiti, Jamaica and Ghana.
[see http://sdvoice.info/innovative-crime-prevention-chess-program-designed-d... for more info]
********Blurb Two*********

2. Include your outline, references/citations and/or any text you have written that you would like feedback on for your midterm paper. - point out the areas you would like me to focus on or the questions you have.

Week Four
Write a one-paragraph summary of the content of the class on Tuesday, April 25. Write a second one-paragraph summary for the class on Thursday, April 27. And answer the following questions:

Questions 1 and 2 are optional - if you answer them, you will get extra credit...
1. What is the 'mainstream' argument for the use of GMOs/pesticides as good for the world? Critically analyze the reasoning behind this argument. State whether you are for or against the use of GMOs/pesticides, or both, and back up your position with evidence/arguments. Once you take a stance, describe how a neoliberal framework impacts your stance on GMOs/pesticide use, especially considering your role/influence as a consumer.

2. Analyze the organizing that went into creating La Via Campesina and the food sovereignty movement by describing how it challenges white supremacy. Mention the values or philosophies forming the basis of the food sovereignty movement.

For your answers to questions 1) and 2), cite sections of the assigned reading or material that was presented in class to support your arguments!

Your blog post should total no more than 600 words (citations not included). Due Sunday, April 30 at NOON.

*****As part of your blog post for Week Four, also attach:
a paragraph summary or outline of your MIDTERM PAPER. For more info about the Midterm Paper, please click here.*****
(The Midterm Paper paragraph or outline does not count towards your 600 words, and it will not affect your blog post grade - it is a way for you to get feedback on your midterm paper topic and the way you intend to approach it.)

(Grading: 5 pts for the two summaries, and 5 pts for the questions)

Week Three
Write a one-paragraph summary of the content of the class on Tuesday, April 18. Write a second one-paragraph summary for the class on Thursday, April 20. And answer the following questions:

1) What effect does land grabbing have on the traditional knowledge of the People of the Land? What effect does land grabbing have on western scientific knowledge?

Why are these impacts different and what does the differences in these impacts say about the conditions under which the two categories of knowledge developed?

2) Describe a specific change in the rules of the Land Grabbing Simulation that would eliminate the possibility that Land Grabbing and its associated environmental injustices would occur. [The rules are the roles of the agents - the behaviors assigned to each of the agents about what they do and how they interact with other agents.]

What are the specific changes to the way that neoliberalism operates in Africa that correspond to the change in the rules of the Simulation that you identified? What actions in the real world would be required to bring about those changes?

In your answers to questions 1) and 2), cite sections of the assigned reading or material that was presented in class to support your arguments.

Your blog post should total no more than 600 words (citations not included). Due Sunday, April 23 at NOON.

(Grading: 5 pts for the two summaries, and 5 pts for the questions)

Week Two
Write a one-paragraph summary of the content of the class on Tuesday, April 11 and a second one-paragraph summary for the class on Thursday, April 13.

A friend of yours tells you that their relatives, who are amongst the Black Mesa relocation resisters, just sent an e-mail appeal for help because Peabody Coal has produced a new scientific report claiming that the damage to the Navajo Aquifer from forty years of water removal for the coal slurry to Mohave Generating Station has been naturally repaired. Peabody has requested permission to open a new mine at Black Mesa, build a new coal slurry line to a coal-fired electrical generating station to be built at Desert Rock (near Farmington, New Mexico), and resume extraction of water from the Navajo Aquifer.

To the consternation of your friends and family, you decide to take a leave of absence from UCSD and employ the knowledge and skills you learned in taking courses in hydrology, groundwater flow, ethnic studies, and environmental justice to participate in the struggle.

(1) Write a paragraph employing your scholarly knowledge about environmental justice to describe the context for this situation and why you want to participate in the struggle, to post to your f***book page as an explanation for your distressed friends and family.
(2) Based on the reading for this week and the class discussions this week and last week (paying particular attention to the the zine Accomplices, Not Allies with respect to how to participate and what your participation means), list and describe the steps you would take to become involved in the struggle and utilize your knowledge and skills to oppose Peabody’s proposal. This can be an additional paragraph or a list with explanations.

Your blog post should total no more than 600 words. Due Sunday, April 16 at NOON.

(Grading: 5pts for the two summaries, and 5 pts for the questions)

Week One
Write a one-paragraph summary of the content of the classes on Tuesday, April 4 and Thursday, April 6 (one paragraph for each class) and answer the following questions in a third paragraph:

Watch the film Gold, Greed and Genocide (available on the course website). Describe specific instances in the film that illustrate the key concepts: –Environmental Life Support Systems –Race –Science –Critical Analysis –Environmental Justice.
Describe some of the factors that underlie the injustices illustrated in the film and your vision of what a search for environmental justice in the colonized gold mine landscapes (i.e., Current Day California) might look like. Be sure to discuss concrete, detailed examples of how environmental justice relates to today’s California Indians.
Your blog post should total no more than 600 words. Due Sunday, April 9 at NOON.

Week Six

Week Seven

Week Eight

Week Nine

Submit your blog post to the web site using the following procedure:

1) Log in to the web site.
2) From the Home Page, click on Add a Blog Post
3) Fill in the title as: Blog[Your Last Name][Your First Initial]Week[Week #] where [Your Last Name] is your last name, [Your First Initial] is your first initial and [Week #] is the number of the week [1-10]. For example, BlogWernerBWeek1.
4a) Either paste your blog post into the box titled “Body” (note that formatting from your word processor might not transfer – be sure to correct the formatting before submitting, OR
4b) Attach a pdf file containing your blog post by scrolling down to and clicking on File Attachments, click on Choose file to select your file and then click on Attach. **Be sure to title your file exactly the same as the Title of your post, for example, BlogWernerBWeek1.pdf. Do not attach a word file or anything other than a pdf.
5) Click on Preview
6) Carefully check the formatting of your blog post if you used method 4a or check to make sure your file is attached and properly named if you used method 4b (if 4b, do not uncheck list or private).
7)**Click on Save – you are done! Do not send your blog post by e-mail. Do not wait until shortly before the deadline to e-mail questions about the procedure.

For questions on this process, contact brad at bwerner@ucsd.edu