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Study Group on the Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice

February 6 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join a study group on As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock, by Dina Gilio-Whitaker, 162 pp. Beacon Press (2019).

This book examines environmental justice and injustice through the unique lens of indigenous struggles in the past and contemporary assaults. We encourage people concerned with linking racial justice, peace and climate justice to take part to enhance their understanding and guide their political action but the study group is open to all.  Anti-racist, peace and environmental activists will find this book especially important because “collapsing environmental discrimination against people of color into one monolithic group elided the experience of indigenous peoples …undergoing environmental devastation of a particular, genocidal kind.” (p. 17). The book shows how Native beliefs and practices challenge traditionally white environmentalism and points to a collaborative path forward.

The study group meets on two Saturdays, Feb. 6 and March 6, 2021 from 2-4 pm, by Zoom.   Sponsored by the Racial Justice and Decolonization Working Group and the Climate and Peace Working Group of Massachusetts Peace Action.   Register to attend.

Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes) is a lecturer of American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos, and a consultant and educator in environmental justice policy planning. Her research interests focus on Indigenous nationalism, self-determination, environmental justice, and education. She also works within the field of critical sports studies, examining the intersections of indigeneity and the sport of surfing. She is co-author with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz of “All the Real Indians Died Off” and 20 Other Myths About Native Americans. Follow her on Twitter at @DinaGWhit and visit her website.

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