Posted: November 28, 2006
Enabling students and community to work toward environmentally responsible, just, and equitable societies by bridging diverse interests and backgrounds is what drives the projects at the Center for the Environment, which will cosponsor the film Voices from the Front Lines Thursday, November 30 at 6 pm in Gamble Auditorium. This powerful film, produced by the Labor/Community Strategy Center in Los Angeles, California, is about organizing, movement building, fighting environmental racism, and pursuing environmental justice.
The Labor/Community Strategy Center is a multiracial "think tank/act tank" committed to building democratic, internationalist, Left social movements and challenging the ideological, economic, and political domination of transnational capital. Their work encompasses all aspects of urban life in the United States: it emphasizes class-conscious labor organizing and fighting for environmental justice and ending climate change, immigrant rights, and first-class transportation, as well as actively confronting the growing criminalization, racialization, and feminization of poverty.
Following the film there will be a Q&A session and talk-back led by Giovanna DiChiro, visiting assistant professor of earth and environment. "The environmental justice movement is one of the most promising challenges to 'business as usual' on the scene today, and it calls for a rethinking of our most fundamental beliefs about ourselves and our relationships to the environments and communities in which we live," Di Chiro said. "I encourage anyone interested in social justice and environmental issues to listen to the creative solutions for change that arise from the people whose lives, health, and communities are most directly affected by environmental contamination and unjust economic and environmental policies."
Di Chiro teaches a course titled Race, Gender, and Environmental Justice that explores how race, gender, and class are embedded in social, scientific, and political formations, including perceptions of "environment." Using multiple theoretical traditions the course examines ways that different cultures and societies confront questions of identity, power, and knowledge in their ideas and actions to protect the environment.
This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Center for the Environment and the Department of Earth and Environment.