In this monthly discussion group we will explore what arises when we ask: what does the Bureau of Land Management have to do with Black Lives Matter?
Digital platforms and technologies have spawned a new era of momentum-based organizing, such as uprisings in support of Black lives, in response to police brutality, and gatherings of armed militias facing off against the Bureau of Land Management. Thinking with this convergence has provoked us to scrutinize the ways in which lives and lands are managed; how notions of anti-Blackness inform contemporary understandings of agriculture and land use; and how ongoing settler colonialism undergirds past and present relations built on extractive and propertied logics. During these discussions we plan to dive deeper into the myriad assemblages that arise from this intersection, and to follow Daniel Martinez HoSang and Joseph E. Lowndes in thinking through what kinds of solidarity can be forged and in what conditions.
First Meeting: January 13
Our first meeting will take place January 13 at 5 p.m. CST over Zoom (click here to join meeting). There is no need to make a regular commitment to these discussions if you are unable to join every month. We’d love to have you join in whatever capacity makes sense for you! If you’d like to learn more, we are also happy to share a longer piece of writing on this topic and/or other related resources.
If you’d like additional details for the Zoom meeting, or if you have any accommodation requests of any kind, do not hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out our interview on the Edge Effects podcast with Johnathan Thompson of High Country News, where we discuss some of his wide-ranging coverage on land management and settler colonialism across the Western U.S.
This discussion group emerged out of There’s a New Sheriff in County, our sibling project to highlight the powerful role of the sheriff, to reconsider the role of sheriffs, and to demonstrate the importance of extending abolitionist praxis beyond city police departments. In August and September 2020, we hosted 5 virtual events with a range of guest speakers.
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There’s a New Sheriff in County events, pictured left to right: Dylan Rodríguez, Alexandra Lakind, Artemisio Romero, Cecelia Klingele, Robert Lundberg
Milwaukee-based artist Madam Chino’s handmade 3081 patch for There’s a New Sheriff County. 3081 represents the number of sheriffs across the U.S.
BLM x BLM is cosponsored by the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Visit their page to learn more about their research and upcoming programming.
- Alexandra Lakind (Environment & Resources, Curriculum & Instruction, UW-Madison)
- Jesse Malmed (Film, UWM)
- Robert Lundberg (Attorney, Midwest Environmental Advocates)
- Ryan Holifield (Geography & Urban Studies, UWM)
- Kassia Shaw (English, UW-Madison)
- Amy Gaeta (English, UW-Madison)
- Davielle Lakind (Clinical Psychology, Mercer University)