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Climate Education Opportunity From 350.org

Join In

Friends,

The People’s Climate March has a movie.

Here’s the brand-new trailer for Disruption, which we’re hoping will help galvanize a new wave of climate activists and leaders this fall:

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Click here to watch the trailer.

Disruption weaves together political intrigue, mind-blowing science, and an insider’s view of the largest climate mobilization in history. It features some folks you might find familiar (like Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein), and brings some fresh faces and exciting new stories to the fore.

Movies are one of the most powerful forms of communication, and we hope this one will be a powerful tool. On Sunday, September 7th, people everywhere are going to be hosting screenings and watch-parties of Disruption to help build energy and excitement for the big march on September 21st. Will you join in?

Yes, I can host a screening in my community.

I can’t host a screening, but I’ll donate to support the effort.

Hosting a screening is easy: all you need is a way to show a streaming video from the internet (like a YouTube video) to your audience. Our crew will be on hand to support you every step of the way — all you need to do is register your event, spread the word a bit, and block out a few hours. Some people will gather in living rooms, some in libraries, some on campuses — and some people will even book out their local movie theaters. And the timing couldn’t be better: with just a few weeks left before the People’s Climate March in New York, this movie could help us really go big.

Thank you for all your help.

Onward,

Anna for the team at 350.org

P.S. If you have any questions, just send a message to “disruption@350.org.”

Popular Economics Education Training of Trainers

United for a Fair Economy is once again partnering with the Highlander Center in New Market, TN to present our Popular Economics Education Training of Trainers Institute. We will explore the causes and consequences of economic inequality, connect the dots among our struggles, and provide participants with popular education tools for informing their communities, inspiring political action, and building a powerful social movement for economic and social justice. Read More…

“From Me To We” Diversity Workshop Resources

diversity graphicAs a class project, members of the Environmental Studies masters program class in “Diversity, Justice, and Inclusion” recently led a public workshop entitled “From Me To We: Becoming Allies and Building Bridges Across Social Differences.” The class wants to share the following resources for further study and reflection on these issues.

Here, you can download the Diversity, Justice, and Inclusion Course Syllabus. Below, you can see our required texts, access our required online readings, and download some additional pieces that our students found particularly useful in their own research. Below that are some videos that the class also found useful as food for reflection and discussion.

I. Required Course Texts

Paul Kivel. You Call This A Democracy? Who Benefits, Who Pays, and Who Really Decides. Apex Press, 2004. This book offers detailed examination of the US class system, its history, and how it interacts with both racism and sexism.

Fred Rose. Coalitions Across the Class Divide: Lessons from the Labor, Peace, and Environmental Movements. Cornell University Press, 2000. This book looks at the potential of building cross-class alliances to work creatively for the common good. Also, offers a set of great case histories to illustrate its points.

Midwest Academy. Organizing for Social Change. Fourth Edition, Chapters 9, 20, 21, and 22. Forum Press, 2010. A great nuts and bolts citizen action guide with several good chapters on building coalitions and working cooperatively with different constituencies and communities.

Patricia St. Onge. Embracing Cultural Competency: A Roadmap for Nonprofit Capacity Builders. (Fieldstone Alliance, 2009). Takes a particularly close look at becoming culturally-competent as a nonprofit organization staffer and offers the perspectives of five authors from different racial/ethnic groups. Great resource section.

Fredrick Miller and Judith Katz. The Inclusion Breakthrough: Unleashing The Real Power of Diversity. (Berret-Koehler Publishers, 2002). Makes the business case for diversity and inclusion efforts within for-profit organizations and then lays out a well-thought out framework for organizational change along these lines that can be easily adapted to an even wider range of groups–like say a nonprofit, mission-driven, university.

II. Some Online Class Readings on Diversity in the Environmental Movement

1) Angela Park. Everybody’s Movement: Environmental Justice and Climate Change. (Environmental Support Center, December 2009). Available at everybodysmovement_AngelaPark

2 From Emily Enderle, (ed). Diversity and the Future of the U.S Environmental Movement. (Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Publication Series, 2007). We especially recommend the following five essays from the book, which are available online at http://environment.research.yale.edu/publication-series/5175.

Marcelo Bonta and Charles Jordan. “Diversifying the American Environmental Movement.”

Chip Giller. “Generating Change: Why Reaching a Diverse Environmental Citizenry is Important for the Future of the Environmental Movement.”

Angela Park. “Mission Critical: A New Frame For Diversity and Environmental Progress.”

Felecia Marcus. “A Personal View of the Importance and Imperative of Diversity Work.”

Jerome Ringo. “Combatting Climate Change: Why All Should Be Involved.”

3) Hilary Moore and Joshua Kahn Russell. Organizing Cools The Planet: Tools and Reflections To Navigate The Climate Crisis. PM Press Pamphlet Series, No. 11, available for download at http://organizingcoolstheplanet.wordpress.com/get-copies-of-ocp/.

III. Additional Material That Class Members Have Found Helpful

Growing As An Allie by Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee

I CAN FIX IT_racism

White privilege Unpacking the invisible backpack by Peggy MacIntosh

IV. Some Videos We’ve Valued

1) Panel Discussion on Race and Racism In America

2) Linda Stout on Bridging the Class Divide

3) A Class Divided: A Classic PBS Documentary on Prejudice, Privilege, and Oppression

4) Salt of the Earth: A Classic Underground Film on Becoming Allies Across Social Differences