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Climate Change, Sustainability, and Environmental Justice

Resource list of books, articles and websites addressing the intersections of racial justice activism and environmental organizing. Compiled by James Bonilla, Paul Gorski, Heather Hackman, Dena Samuels, and Rhea Serna for their NCORE 2016 panel “A Troubling Tension: Reconciling the Disconnect of Racial Justice Activism and Environmental Organizing on Our Campuses.”

Coleman, Mark. Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery. Novato, CA: New World Library, 2006.

Goleman, Daniel, Bennett, Lisa and Barlow, Zenobia. Ecoliterate: How Educators are Cultivating Emotional, Social and Ecological Intelligence. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2012.

Hamilton, Clive. Earthmasters: The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013.

Klein, Naomi. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2014.

Kolbert, Elizabeth. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2014.

Macy, Joanna and Johnstone, Chris. Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy. Novato, CA: New World Library, 2012.

Mann, Michael. The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012.

Pipher, Mary. The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture. New York: Riverhead Books, 2013.

Weisman, Alan. Countdown: Our Last Best Hope for a Future on Earth? New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2013.


Race, Racism, Whiteness and Racial Equity


Adams, Maurianne, Blumenfeld, Warren, Castañeda, Carmelita Rosie, Hackman, Heather W., Peters, Madeline L., and Zúñiga, Ximena, eds. Readings for Diversity and Social Justice, Third Edition. New York: Routledge, 2013. Click here for the Routledge companion website for this book for additional resources.

Adams, Maurianne, Bell, Lee Anne, and Griffin, Pat, eds. Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice. New York: Routledge, 2007.

Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. New York: The New Press, 2010.

Battalora, Jacqueline. Birth of a White Nation: The Invention of White People and its Relevance Today. Houston, TX: Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Company, 2013.

Derman Sparks, Louise, and Olsen, Julie. Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves. Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children, 2010.

Dyson, Michael Eric, and Macguire, Liz (ed.) The Michael Eric Dyson Reader. New York: Basic, 2004.

Feagin, Joe R. The White Racial Frame: Centuries of Racial Framing and Counter-Framing, Second Edition. New York: Routledge, 2013.

hooks, bell. Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom. New York: Routledge, 1994.

hooks, bell. Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope. New York: Routledge, 2003.

Howard, Gary R. We Can’t Teach What We Don’t Know: White Teachers, Multiracial Schools. New York: Teachers College Press, 1999.

INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence. Color of Violence: The INCITE! Anthology. Cambridge, MA: South End Press, 2006.

Jackson, Bailey W., and Wijeyesinghe, Charmaine L., eds. New Perspectives on Racial Identity Development: A Theoretical and Practical Anthology. New York: New York University Press, 2001.

Kozol, Jonathan. The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2005.

Picower, Bree and Mayorga, Edwin, eds. What’s Race Got to Do With It?: How Current School Reform Policy Maintains Racial and Economic Inequality. New York: Peter Lang, 2015.

Rose, Stephany. Abolishing White Masculinity from Mark Twain to Hip Hop: Crises in Whiteness. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014.

Rothenberg, Paula. White Privilege: Essential Readings on the Other Side of Racism, Fourth Edition. New York: Worth Publishing, 2011.

Smith, Chip. The Cost of Privilege: Taking on the System of White Supremacy and Racism. Fayetteville, NC: Camino Press, 2007.

Tatum, Beverly Daniel. Can We Talk About Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation. Boston: Beacon Press, 2007.

Waziyatawin. What Does Justice Look Like? The Struggle for Liberation in Dakota Homeland. St. Paul, MN: Living Justice Press, 2008.

Zinn, H.  A People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present. New York: Harper Collins, 2005.

Articles and Blog Posts

Bronson, Po, and Merryman, Ashley. “Even Babies Discriminate: A NurtureShock Excerpt.” Newsweek. Posted on September 4, 2009. 

Crumbley, Joseph. “Seven Tasks for Parents: Developing Positive Racial Identity.” Adoptive Families Magazine September/October 1999.

Demby, Gene. “When Will We Stop Side-Eyeing Relatives Who Don’t ‘Match’?NPR’s Code Switch: Frontiers of Race, Culture and Ethnicity. Posted on October 29, 2013.

Denevi, Elizabeth. “Whiteness: Helping White Students and Educators Understand Their Role in a Multicultural Society.” Independent School Magazine Fall 2001.

DiCaprio, Peter. “A Framework for Understanding White Racial Identity Development.” Triad Consulting Group.

Funderburg, Lise. “The Changing Faces of America: We’ve Become a Country Where Race is No Longer So Black or White.” National Geographic October 2013.

Georgopulos, Stephanie. “Coming Out as Biracial.“ Human Parts. Posted on October 21, 2013.

Udofia, Itoro. “Conversations with a Student-Teacher of Color.” Womanist Musings. Posted on January 5, 2011.


Racial Equity and Medicine

Ansell, David A. and McDonald, Edwin K. “Bias, Black Lives, and Academic Medicine.” New England Journal of Medicine. Posted on February 18, 2015.

Bassett, Mary T. “#BlackLivesMatter – A Challenge to the Medical and Public Health Communities.” New England Journal of Medicine. Posted on February 18, 2015.

Institute of Medicine, Nelson, Alan R., Smedley, Brian D., Stith, Adrienne Y., eds. Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care. United States Congressional Report, 2002.

Jackson, Owen T. and Evans, Kathleen A., eds. Health Disparities: Epidemiology, Racial/Ethnic and Socioeconomic Risk Factors and Strategies for Elimination. Nova Science Publishers, 2013.

Jones, Camara Phyllis. Levels of Racism: A Theoretic Framework and a Gardener’s Tale. American Journal of Public Health. Volume 90, No. 8, pp 1212-1215, August 2000.

Randall, Vernellia. Dying While Black. Seven Principles Press, 2006.

United States Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 2013 National Healthcare Disparities Report. Rockville, MD: AHRQ, 2014.

Washington, Harriet A. Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to Present. New York: Anchor Books, 2006.


Religious Oppression

Kivel, Paul. Living in the Shadow of the Cross: Understanding and Resisting the Power and Privilege of Christian Hegemony. Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers, 2013.


Trauma and Healing

DeGruy, Joy. Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing. Oakland, CA: Uptone Press, 2005.

Levine, Peter. In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2010.

Levins Morales, Aurora. Medicine Stories: History, Culture, and the Politics of Integrity. Cambridge, MN: South End Press, 1998.



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Birchbark books

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Boneshaker books

“Boneshaker Books is a radical & progressive bookstore located in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis. Boneshaker, staffed solely by volunteers, first opened in January of 2011. We specialize in progressive/radical literature, children’s books, and a curated fiction section. Purchase in our store or place a special order online for pickup. If you are local, you can choose to have your purchase delivered to you by bicycle!”

Moon Palace books

“An independent bookstore located in the Longfellow neighborhood at Minnehaha Ave and East 33rdst right behind Peace Coffee Wonderland Park and the Trylon microcinema. We’ve got used books. We’ve got new books. We’re very excited to be open and can’t wait to meet you!”