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Publisher Comments:

This much anticipated follow-up to Dr. Robert D. Bullards highly acclaimed Unequal Protection: Environmental Justice and Communities of Color captures the voices of frontline warriors who are battling environmental injustice and human rights abuses at the grassroots level around the world, and challenging government and industry. policies and globalization trends that place people of color and the poor at special risk.

Part I presents an overview of the early environmental justice movement and highlights key leadership roles assumed by women activists. Part II examines the lives of people living in “sacrifice zones”—toxic corridors (such as Louisianas infamous “Cancer Alley”) where high concentrations of polluting industries are found. Part III explores land use, land rights, resource extraction, and sustainable development conflicts, including Chicano struggles in Americas Southwest. Part IV examines human rights and global justice issues, including an analysis of South Africas legacy of environmental racism and the corruption and continuing violence plaguing the oil-rich Niger Delta.

Together, the diverse contributors to this much-anticipated follow-up anthology present an inspiring and illuminating picture of the environmental justice movement in the first decade of the twenty-first century.

Review:

"Bullard offers a disturbing account of the environmental and human cost of the excesses of capitalism in this follow-up to Unequal Protection: Environmental Justice and Communities of Color. This volume takes a fresh look at the often unequal distribution of environmental hazards to poor and minority communities, examining locations from Louisiana's 'Cancer Alley' to Nigeria. In part one, women activists detail their gutsy battles against the combined power of business and government when their minority neighborhoods were threatened by industrial pollution. Part two tells the stories of people (again, mostly minorities and the poor) living in 'sacrifice zones,' such as Cancer Alley — the stretch down the Mississippi River in Louisiana where 'approximately 80 percent of the total African American community in the nine parishes lives within three miles of a polluting facility.' Parts three and four examine Chicano struggles in the Southwest and global justice issues, including 'corrupt... petro-capitalism' in Nigeria, where deep poverty persists despite the country's oil wealth. Readers can learn much about those who pay the costs in safety and health for many of modern life's conveniences." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

"A refreshing and timely overview of contemporary environmental justice struggles and the fight against environmental racism around the nation and indeed the world."--Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Table of Contents

Foreword --Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Preface--Peggy Morrow Shepard

Acknowledgments

Introduction--Robert D. Bullard

PART I A LEGACY OF INJUSTICE

Chapter 1 - Environmental Justice in the Twenty-first Century

Robert D. Bullard

Chapter 2 - Neighborhoods "Zoned" for Garbage

Robert D. Bullard

Chapter 3 - Women Warriors of Color on the Front Line

Robert D. Bullard and Damu Smith

PART II THE ASSAULT ON FENCE-LINE COMMUNITIES

Chapter 4 - Living and Dying in Louisiana's "Cancer Alley"

Beverly Wright

Chapter 5 - Environmental Inequity in Metropolitan Los Angeles

Manuel Pastor Jr., James L. Sadd, and Rachel Morello-Frosch

Chapter 6 - Toxic Racism on a New Jersey Waterfront

Olga Pomar

PART III LAND RIGHTS AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Chapter 7 - Anatomy of the Urban Parks Movement: Equal Justice, Democracy, and Livability in Los Angeles

Robert García and Erica S. Flores

Chapter 8 - Resource Wars against Native Peoples

Al Gedicks

Chapter 9 - Tierra y Vida: Chicano Environmental Justice Struggles in the Southwest

Devon G. Peña

PART IV HUMAN RIGHTS AND GLOBAL JUSTICE

Chapter 10 - Environmental Reparations

Robin Morris Collin and Robert Collin

Chapter 11 - Vieques: The Land, the People, the Struggle, the Future

Déborah Berman Santana

Chapter 12 - Alienation and Militancy in the Niger Delta: Petroleum, Politics, and Democracy in Nigeria

Oronto Douglas, Von Kemedi, Ike Okonta, and Michael Watts

Chapter 13 - Environmental Racism and Neoliberal Disorder in South Africa

David A. McDonald

Chapter 14 - Addressing Global Poverty, Pollution, and Human Rights

Robert D. Bullard, Glenn S. Johnson, and Angel O. Torres

Appendix A - Principles of Environmental Justice

Appendix B - NGO Language on Environmental Racism

Notes

Selected Bibliography

About the Contributors

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781578051205
Editor:
Bullard, Robert D.
Foreword:
Waters, Maxine
Foreword:
Waters, Maxine
Editor:
Bullard, Robert D.
Editor:
Bullard, Robert
Author:
Waters, Maxine
Author:
Bullard, Robert D.
Publisher:
Sierra Club Books
Subject:
Human Rights
Subject:
Political aspects
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Public Policy - Environmental Policy
Subject:
POL044000
Subject:
Environmental justice.
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20051031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Maps, Tables
Pages:
414
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 20 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Bullard offers a disturbing account of the environmental and human cost of the excesses of capitalism in this follow-up to Unequal Protection: Environmental Justice and Communities of Color. This volume takes a fresh look at the often unequal distribution of environmental hazards to poor and minority communities, examining locations from Louisiana's 'Cancer Alley' to Nigeria. In part one, women activists detail their gutsy battles against the combined power of business and government when their minority neighborhoods were threatened by industrial pollution. Part two tells the stories of people (again, mostly minorities and the poor) living in 'sacrifice zones,' such as Cancer Alley — the stretch down the Mississippi River in Louisiana where 'approximately 80 percent of the total African American community in the nine parishes lives within three miles of a polluting facility.' Parts three and four examine Chicano struggles in the Southwest and global justice issues, including 'corrupt... petro-capitalism' in Nigeria, where deep poverty persists despite the country's oil wealth. Readers can learn much about those who pay the costs in safety and health for many of modern life's conveniences." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , "A refreshing and timely overview of contemporary environmental justice struggles and the fight against environmental racism around the nation and indeed the world."--Congresswoman Maxine Waters
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