Principles of Environmental Justice + Info on Environmental Justice and Racism

Delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held on October 24-27, 1991, in Washington DC, drafted and adopted 17 principles of Environmental Justice. Since then, The Principles have served as a defining document for the growing grassroots movement for environmental justice.(Printable PDF version) PREAMBLE WE, THE PEOPLE OF COLOR, gathered together at this multinational People of Color Environmental …

Democracy in Freefall: What Does it Mean When a Democracy Can’t Protect Itself From Its Worst Enemies? 

Do Americans Understand How Badly Compromised Their Democracy is Now?: What Does it Mean When a Democracy Can’t Protect Itself From Its Worst Enemies? umair haque, Jul 14, 2018 Imagine if I’d told you that one day, America’s most historic, legendary Cold War foe would have hatched a bizarre, cunning plot to sabotage democracy, and elect a pliable President. By igniting a tidal wave of …

Creating conditions conducive to life: Why sustainability is no longer enough, yet still very important on the road to regeneration

Daniel Wahl: “We need to learn to design as nature, engage in regenerative design and development, and create diverse regenerative cultures elegantly adapted to the bio-cultural uniqueness of place. Such cultures would design as nature understanding themselves as healers of local ecosystems and humble caretakers of the community of life — biodiversity — that shares a unique place with us.” “Allied with the community of life …

Resources from Denver/Iliff Ethical Economics and Environmental Forum

SLIDES: Hunter Lovins20190114OPT – PDF  WHERE: Library Portico, Iliff School of Theology (2323 E. Iliff Ave.) SPONSORED BY: Ethics and Ecological Economics (EEE) Forum “Humanity’s collision with planetary boundaries requires a radical rethink of economic theory and practice.” –A Finer Future: Economics in Service to Life (2018) Our speaker, Hunter Lovins, and three other co-authors seek to replace the dominant narrative of growth-based …

This myth about chimps helps justify patriarchy and war

This myth about chimps helps justify patriarchy and war, Ilana Strauss, TreeHugger.com January 15, 2019 © Sergey Uryadnikov/Shutterstock Are chimps really humanity’s single closest cousins? I recently saw a video that claimed chimpanzees are humanity’s closest cousins. You hear this a lot in articles and videos — that chimpanzees are the closest animals to humans. It’s not true. Chimpanzees may be …

What King Said About Northern Liberalism:  “The white moderate” was more of an obstacle than “the Ku Klux Klanner”

A more sobering reality is how hard and infrequent such courage was, how tenacious and how steadfast activists had to be and how much pressure people exerted against the movement, just how hard it was. ‘A More Beautiful And Terrible History,’ Fuel For The Fight Ahead, TRANSCRIPT from NPR.org February 4, 2018, heard on All Things Considered, by MICHEL MARTIN A More Beautiful and …

Symbiosis – a network of community organizations across North America,  building a democratic and ecological society from the ground up

Symbiosis is a network of community organizations across North America,  building a democratic and ecological society from the ground up. We are fighting for a better world by creating institutions of participatory democracy and the solidarity economy through community organizing, neighborhood by neighborhood, city by city. Our political strategy is to build dual power through these institutions of grassroots democracy. …

Finding Pathways to a Better Future, by John Foran

In any given society, there usually exist multiple political cultures of opposition, for people do not necessarily share the same experiences, speak similar idioms, or respond as one to the call of formal ideologies. The most effective revolutionary movements of history found ways to tap into whatever political cultures emerged in their society and to bridge the gaps between them, …

Equality is the basis of a fair and free society, says Elizabeth Anderson

By Nathan Heller in The New Yorker. Our real concern should be equality not in material benefits, Anderson argues, but in social relations: democratic equality. American stories trace the sweep of history, but their details are definingly particular. In the summer of 1979, Elizabeth Anderson, then a rising junior at Swarthmore College, got a job as a bookkeeper at a bank in …

Roots of Liberation

Reflection from Richard Rohr, Roots of Liberation, Sunday, June 24, 2018  One of the great themes of the Bible, beginning with the Hebrew Scriptures and continued by Jesus and Paul, is “the preferential option for the poor.” I call it “the bias toward the bottom.” The Hebrew people’s exodus out of slavery, and YHWH’s complete identification with them, is the pattern of …