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The Sustainability MythEnvironmental Gentrification and the Politics of Justice$
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Melissa Checker

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479835089

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479835089.001.0001

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“This Crosses Party Lines All over the Place”

“This Crosses Party Lines All over the Place”

Sustainable Solidarities and the Politics of Disaffection

(p.178) 6 “This Crosses Party Lines All over the Place”
The Sustainability Myth

Melissa Checker

NYU Press

Looking beyond the animosities and vitriol of national, partisan politics, chapter 6 shines a light on new political formations. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, residents of Staten Island’s southern and eastern shores petitioned for managed retreat programs that would relocate them inland. For years, these homeowners had joined forces with activists on Staten Island’s north shore to contest overdevelopment and to demand better flood protections, forming ongoing partnerships across geographic, political, racial, ethnic and economic divides. On a national level, flood survivors throughout the US similarly came together to create the national Stop FEMA Now (SFN) movement. In both cases, activists sidestepped their ethnic, racial, economic and political differences and worked together for better flood protections and environmental policy in the face of oncoming climate change. These issue-based coalitions demonstrate how a politics of disaffection can inspire new—and surprisingly nonpartisan—political formations.

Keywords:   climate change, environmental policy, flood protection, Hurricane Sandy, managed retreat, overdevelopment, Staten Island, Stop FEMA Now

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