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The Underside of Epiphany: Wandering Wonderings

Lorna Jarrett Blanchard (Advocate of Disability Rights)
Maraya Ben-Joseph (Project Director and Board Member, Olohana Foundation)
Mây Nguyễn (Asian Pacific Environmental Network, USA)
Tu’o’i Nguyễn (Public Service)
Bryan Parras (Gulf Coast, USA)
David Rico (Think Food Group, Turtle Island)
M. Kalani Souza (Hawaiian Practitioner and Cross-cultural Facilitator)
Dezzi Synan (Eclectic Artist, Honolulu)
Kristina Peterson (Applied Social Scientist)
Julie Maldonado (Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network (LiKEN))
Alessandra Jerolleman (Jacksonville State University, USA)
Nathan Jessee (Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA)

Justice, Equity, and Emergency Management

ISBN: 978-1-83982-333-6, eISBN: 978-1-83982-332-9

Publication date: 26 January 2022


What is the role of ethics and values in justice and the role of justice in ethics and values? How do we do them? These questions, ever-present and often unacknowledged, undergird efforts to survive, practice mutual aid, and work to prevent and address harms produced through disasters and environmental change.

Emerging from the teachings of Reverend Richard Krajeski and to honor his call, a group of his mentees, collaborators, and co-conspirators organized a special session at the July 2020 Natural Hazards Workshop, Just Dialogue: An Intergenerational Conversation on Justice, Sustainability, and Abundance. Enough is abundance, as Dick Krajeski, a longtime leader in the hazards community, was known for saying. In this way, he reminded us that that when we live as if we already have enough, we live sustainably and in ways that help lift oppression and reduce inequality and injustice. The session brought together people from diverse and intersecting places of Dick’s life for an intergenerational conversation about hope and healing, and invited the Natural Hazards community to engage in a just dialogue to which we bring our whole, true selves (open and vulnerable) to ask – what are the questions for the Natural Hazards community to be questioning, and to be asking, to motivate change and to move our systems of research and practice toward more equitable futures for all?




A special thank you to the Natural Hazards Center and NHW community that had the foresight and heart to open space for the above conversation, and for all of the conversations that have happened within its auspice and led us to this moment together. We are grateful to Elizabeth McDonough and Kemberly Lopez for their efforts in transcribing the session’s dialogue, from which this chapter emerged. And to Dick himself, who taught us to never stop asking questions and always find new ways to ask a question. If he gave you praise, you knew it was 100% earned; he wouldn’t let you get away with anything less than giving your full self to justice and a just cause. Dick will continue to be a significant voice in the natural hazards community, encouraging us all to continue to act, and question. As he often reminded us, “enough is abundance.”


Krajeski, R., Blanchard, L.J., Ben-Joseph, M., Nguyễn, M., Nguyễn, T., Parras, B., Rico, D., Souza, M.K., Synan, D., Peterson, K., Maldonado, J., Jerolleman, A. and Jessee, N. (2022), "The Underside of Epiphany: Wandering Wonderings", Jerolleman, A. and Waugh, W.L. (Ed.) Justice, Equity, and Emergency Management (Community, Environment and Disaster Risk Management, Vol. 25), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 153-174.



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