Róisín West's articles

Smog of war January 1, 2022

Smog of war

As Brown University's Neta C. Crawford remarked in her study on the Pentagon’s GHG emissions, “War and preparation for it are fossil fuel intensive activities.”


Arrested development January 1, 2022

Arrested development

There’s a quiet resignation I feel when I think about how big $92 billion is compared to how small the community I grew up in is... And instead of building up kids in [communities like mine], we pumped $92 billion into a global war on terror in the first 10 years alone.

Big ideas to kick at the darkness November 1, 2021

Big ideas to kick at the darkness

Self accountability is the first step in creating a broader language and landscape in which transformative justice can thrive.

First do no harm? Weight stigma by the numbers September 2, 2021

First do no harm? Weight stigma by the numbers

Decolonizing the food justice movement also requires us to examine the deeply held anti-fat biases that permeate many of these spaces. The Monitor Index details how deep this bias goes and how damaging it is.

Back to basics September 1, 2021

Back to basics

When it comes to how we approach food programming, we're in dire need of a cultural overhaul.

COVID-19: Neoliberalism’s Chernobyl February 27, 2021

COVID-19: Neoliberalism’s Chernobyl

COVID-19 has been called neoliberalism’s Chernobyl with good cause. The capacity of our public system to adapt in the face of a sudden and major threat had been all but undermined by four decades of underfunding, leaving the hollowed out remains scrambling to adjust course.