A critical look at the movement for environmental justice
When Bill Clinton signed an Executive Order on Environmental Justice in 1994, the phenomenon of environmental racism-the disproportionate impact of environmental hazards, particularly toxic waste dumps and polluting factories, on people of color and low-income communities-gained unprecedented recognition. Behind that momentous signature, however, lies a remarkable tale of grassroots activism and political mobilization. Today, thousands of activists in hundreds of locales are fighting for their children, their communities, their quality of life, and their health.
From the Ground Up critically examines one of the fastest growing social movements in the United States-the movement for environmental justice. Tracing the movement's roots, Luke Cole and Sheila Foster combine long-time activism with powerful storytelling to provide gripping case studies of communities across the US-towns like Kettleman City, California; Chester, Pennsylvania; and Dilkon, Arizona-and their struggles against corporate polluters. The authors use social, economic and legal analysis to reveal the historical and contemporary causes for environmental racism. Environmental justice struggles, they demonstrate, transform individuals, communities, institutions and the nation as a whole.
Publisher: New York University Press
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
A fresh and lively treatise on the struggles of ordinary people who are making extraordinary contributions to the environmental and economic justice movement. -- Robert D. Bullard,author of Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class, and Environmental Quality
A thought-provoking analysis of how grassroots activism from people of color communities is transforming environmental politics. Such activism has brought an important infusion of energy and vision to the pursuit of environmental democracy. -- Charles Lee,principal author of Toxic Waste and Race in the United States
Provides valuable and comprehensive analyses of the driving forces behind environmental injustices. Anyone wanting to know why an environmental justice movement has emerged in this country and what future direction it may take should read this book. -- Paul Mohai,author of Black Environmentalism and Environmental Racism: Reviewing the Evidence
They assess the effectiveness of the organizing tactics employed, casting particular scrutiny on the courts as agents of social change...The authors have presented concrete examples, all the while making clear that there are no road maps for successful organizing. * New York Law Journal *
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