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By Maggie Lee:
Janisse Ray says, “Environmental destruction is intrinsically and logically connected to all forms of violence.” The renowned writer, activist, farmer and Baxley native brought that message to the state this week for the 25th anniversary of the Georgia chapter of WAND – Women’s Action for New Directions – a group of activists united under the slogan: “Women. Power. Peace.” “We’re willing in the name of supremacy and success to create a trail of victims behind us,” she explained, adding that the destruction falls disproportionately on communities of color. “This is most evident in environmental justice issues … that’s why nuclear [Plant Hatch] is here. Forty percent of people never went to high school,” she says, referring to her home in Appling County. The plant attracted some hotels and restaurants, she concedes. “But for me, I look at surrounding towns who don’t have Plant Hatch and the quality of life appears […]