From the Ground Up : Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement
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 U.S--towns like Kettleman City, California; Chester, Pennsylvania; and Dilkon, Arizona--and their struggles against corporate polluters. The authors effectively use social, economic and legal analysis to illustrate the historical and contemporary causes for environmental racism. Environmental justice struggles, they demonstrate, transform individuals, communities, institutions and even the nation as a whole.
- Paperback | 256 pages
- 152 x 229 x 17.78mm | 385.55g
- 01 Nov 2000
- New York University Press
- New York, United States
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-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 "From the Ground Up presents the history of the environmental justice movement in the best possible way: through the retelling of the individual stories of local communities that have transformed the nation's environmental laws. Both descriptive and reflective, the book is wonderfully evocative of the passions that have maintained the environmental justice movement and that underlie its enormous promise for social change."
-Richard Lazarus,Georgetown University Law School "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 "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
About Luke W. Cole
Sheila Foster is Associate Professor at Rutgers University School of Law, Camden.