Here at Terra Incognita Media, we are your reliable source of feminist content in response to the outdoor industry. We want to share all that we can with you. Now, weekly, we are going to send you "Terra-Bites" -- doses of what we are reading, focusing on, and mulling over, as well as resources that inspire us.

As Hurricane Dorian looms slowly closer to the shores of South Carolina evacuations have been ordered for certain coastal communities. Despite these calls, Ridgeland Correctional Institute, in Jasper County, an area that makes up the very southeast coastal tip of South Carolina, is refusing to evacuate their inmates. Their reasoning is that the prison is the “safest place” for inmates and staff. They have apparently stocked the building with enough food, water, and supplies to last folx who will be trapped inside for weeks. The confidence put into this institute is unsettling considering the same non-actions occurred just last year with Hurricane Florence. Though Governor McMaster announced publicly that they were “...not going to gamble with the lives of the people of South Carolina. Not a one,” he did not ensure that the jail was evacuated. It seems that the same non-action is being taken this time with Dorian, despite this storm’s equally threatening ferocity and power. 

From Hurricane Harvey, to Hurricane Florence, and now with Hurricane Dorian, it is clear our government does care about incarcerated people, an already vulnerable population, made even more vulnerable in these times of natural crises.

Read More From "When Natural Disasters Strike, What Happens to People in Prisons?"

On the fifth anniversary of Michael Brown's death, an 18-year-old who was murdered by a police officer named Darren Wilson, the country’s first National Grassroots Reparations Convening was held in Ferguson, Missouri from August 8th to August 11th. Still not sure what reparations are all about? Here are some of our recommended resources:

Have you heard of the outside voices podcast?? Host Sarah Shimazaki takes us through narratives that highlight Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), womxn/femmes, LGBTQIA+ folks, people with disabilities, and others who are actively working to redefine the outdoor narrative.
Above: Angela Davis
Below: Ruth Wilson Gilmore

Angela Davis and Ruth Wilson Gilmore are revolutionaries fighting to abolish prisons.

Davis has written several books on how oppression and power shows up and functions in our society. We highly recommend all of her books, but especially Women, Race, and Class, where she gives us a scorching analysis on the true history of the feminist movement and what really went down, exposing how all of our society's fave white feminists were actually white supremacists.

Ruth Wilson Gilmore was interviewed by the New York Times Magazine about her scholarship and activism surrounding the abolition of jails. Some say that in order to really understand and know your subject you have to be able to explain it to a child. Gilmore succinctly explained why we don't need prisons to a group of mostly middle-schoolers. She was asked a common question: "What about the people who hurt other people? What about the murderers?"

To that Gilmore said, "'I get where you’re coming from...But how about this: Instead of asking whether anyone should be locked up or go free, why don’t we think about why we solve problems by repeating the kind of behavior that brought us the problem in the first place?' She was asking them to consider why, as a society, we would choose to model cruelty and vengeance."
One of our favorite authors, Bani Amor, writes about Misogynoir and Climate Change: How Disaster Relief Fails Black Women
This week we are listening to and soaking up this episode from Politically Reactive with W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu:

Stay safe and take care of each other. Catch you next week, 
The Terra Team
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