Majora Carter


American Urban Revitalization Strategist and Public Radio Host, Founded Sustainable South Bronx and Secured Funding for the South Bronx Greenway

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It?s time to stop building the shopping malls, the prisons, the stadiums and other tributes to all of our collective failures. It is time that we start building living monuments to hope and possibility.

Why aren?t we putting a cap on our poverty emissions? Poverty is violence. And like all violence, women are often it?s first casualty of war.

My big brother Lenny fought in Vietnam, only to be gunned down a few blocks from our home [in the South Bronx].

Now think about it, if you feel you don?t have anything to offer, or anything to gain by being a part of a community, and there?s no predictable connection between the effort that you exert and the outcome ? violence will happen. Violence will happen.

Oppose destruction with creation.

People are aching for leaders who inspire them to believe that there is a better way.

Putting dollars into community supported infrastructure and land-use plans that benefits the majority of the people first.

Race and class are extremely reliable indicators as to where one might find the good stuff, like parks and trees, and where one might find the bad stuff, like power plants and waste facilities.

Society gives women two roles ? only two, victim or aggressor. Both can be used successfully to elicit responses, however, the real power comes from finding that sweet spot between the two. Where you can explain the problem, and bring people along with you, to a solution. Now I can?t say I always do that, but I can tell you, that I always regret when I don?t do it.

As a black person in America, I am twice as likely as a white person to live in an area where air pollution poses the greatest risk to my health. I am five times more likely to live within walking distance of a power plant or chemical facility ? which I do.

That?s how you know you did something right, when the power that?s out there is afraid of the change you are going to make ? so I gather my strength from my sisters.

Environmental justice [means that] no community should be saddled with more environmental burdens and less environmental benefits than any other.

The business of poverty is too expensive a bill for humanity to pay any longer. All of our solutions must incorporate poverty alleviation and policies that acknowledge and medicate the environmental inequities that poor communities have traditionally experienced.

Environmental justice for all is civil rights in the 21st century.

To me, charity often is just about giving, because you?re supposed to, or because it?s what you?ve always done ? or it?s about giving until it hurts.

Everybody needs someone to love, something to do and something to hope for.

We are there now, and we can do this work together going forward.

How the hell did a poor girl from the South Bronx get here? Imposter syndrome aside, statistically speaking, I really shouldn?t be here.

We might have come to [TED] from very, very different stations in life, but believe me, we all share one incredibly powerful thing: we have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

If you feel helpless, the best thing you can do is help somebody else.

We need leaders who are not ashamed to stand up and say we are not willing to leave this world in the sorry state as the one we created. And I say "we" created ? none of us just stumbled upon it. We created it ? we are all responsible.

In the same decade that we?ve seen such unbelievable economic growth, poor people of all colors are getting poorer and communities are getting more toxic. That?s not caring economics.

We need to create strong markets for healthy consumers and healthy producers so that it is possible to be both.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

When you?re a woman and you try to touch the power ? when you stick your head up and take a powerful stand on behalf of others ? somebody?s going to take a swing at you.

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American Urban Revitalization Strategist and Public Radio Host, Founded Sustainable South Bronx and Secured Funding for the South Bronx Greenway