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The Color of Violence: Incite! Anthology by Andrea Smith
The Color of Violence: Incite! Anthology

joe_tennis, December 22, 2008

This book is an intervention in both second wave feminism—-single-issue, white dominated sexual assault support-—and anti-oppression activism that condones or ignores sexualized violence.

The central premise of the The Color of Violence is that anti-sexualized violence work cannot be separated from anti-oppression work. Violence against women includes sexualized violence and all other forms of violence. Violence experienced by women, and especially by women of color, lower-income women, and queer and trans people, is perpetrated by partners, community members, and the state: police, military, the criminal justice system. Forms of violence include sexual assault, reproductive injustices, patriarchy, poverty (capitalism), racism (white supremacy), environmental injustice, police brutality, and war. These different kinds of violence intersect, acting together to create the imbalances of power that allow further violence to take place.

To respond to and end violence against women, then, each level and kind of violence must be named and addressed directly. But none can be addressed in a vacuum without also acknowledging and targeting its intersections with other forms of violence. This means that domestic violence cannot be addressed without a solid analysis of the myriad repercussions of different responses. It’s imperative to respect survivors’ own assessments of what constitutes violence in their lives—and if that includes the state then it’s equally imperative to create community-based responses to sexualized violence to which the state is not a partner.
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Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do-It-Ourselves Guide (Do-It-Ourselves Guides) by Scott Kellogg
Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do-It-Ourselves Guide (Do-It-Ourselves Guides)

joe_tennis, December 22, 2008

If you've already changed your lightbulbs and realized that you haven't actually single-handedly stopped climate change as promised, then this book might be for you. This is like "101 Steps to Save the Environment," intermediate level. The ideas inside are for substantial projects that will make significant and tangible impacts on your local community, as well as furthering the less tangible global goals of those CFL lightbulbs. Specifically, Toolbox gives you resources to imp...more If you've already changed your lightbulbs and realized that you haven't actually single-handedly stopped climate change as promised, then this book might be for you. This is like "101 Steps to Save the Environment," intermediate level. The ideas inside are for substantial projects that will make significant and tangible impacts on your local community, as well as furthering the less tangible global goals of those CFL lightbulbs. Specifically, Toolbox gives you resources to improve your household and community food & water security, waste management, electricity & water consumption, and the toxicity levels of the land on which one lives. None of these projects seem really easy, though the ecology, resources, and mechanics involved are all simple. They are all doable, but you have to make a pretty big commitment to take them on and see them through.

Toolbox sometimes reads like a giant suggestion list, and less like an instruction manual for how to implement them. The authors highlight tons of projects, kind of giving you just enough depth to understand the basic properties of the project so you can either engineer your own version or else check out another book that's focused on the topic at hand. Even so, I think this book is definitely useful, if just to jive your imagination about the ways simple principles can be applied creatively to replace energy and resource intensive industrial systems.

The Rhizome Collective, who authored the book, base a lot of their work on permaculture. This is not a typical permaculture book though, and says very little about gardening. Instead, it tries to present ideas not already covered elsewhere. The best parts all focus on cleaning and recycling wastes. I got really excited about the small-scale constructed wetlands theme running throughout. Wetlands in 55-gallon barrels and plugged up bathtubs in which to grow fish, plants, and algae for eating; to store rainwater; to purify greywater. Also really cool was the giant section on bioremediation: using plants, wetlands, compost, and fungi to detox land of pollutants like diesel and heavy metals. This is so essential to urban food security and health but so little talked about!! Composting with worms and humanure, making simple biodigesters to turn food scraps into gas for your cook stove, creating plant-filled islands out of trash to clean water... there's some cool stuff in here.
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