Social & Ecological Activism



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Bowery Poetry Club. Poetry on the streets, especially spoken word performance, plus information on writers, an artwall, magazine, etc.

Compassionate Listening Project: Welcome to The Compassionate Listening Project. We are a non-profit organization based near Seattle, Washington. We teach heart-based skills for peace building and reconciliation in our families, communities, on the job, and in the world…speaking and listening from the heart, even in the heat of conflict. We offer trainings and a facilitator certification program, and would be happy to tailor a talk, training, or group facilitation to fit your need

Community Arts Network. Resources for arts and community activism, including essays, news, conversations and more.

The Healing Project: Sharing our stories, creating community — an extensive site for people living with chronic illness.

Konza: a bioregional journal on cultural and ecological arts and practices from the heartland, published by the Kansas Area Watershed Council.

Lamama Theater. Experimental theater troupe focused on spoken word and social change.

Mixed Blood Theater Company. Social change and cultural pluralism focused theater group at

Mouths Wide Open. Community center in New York City that cultives “a vibrant hive of civic, activist and artistic activity” for social change.

Nuyorican Poet’s Café. One of the best sites for information on poetry and slams, theater, hiphop and more related to the spoken word.

People and Places:

Sol & Soul: Arts for Social Change. Art resources, including news, artists available, calendar, how to get involved and more.

Stephanie Mills: Author, speaker, bioregionalist — Stephanie Mills is an author, lecturer and longtime bioregionalist. Her books include Tough Little Beauties, Epicurean Simplicity, and In Service of the Wild.

Terrain Journal: a  journal publishing online since 1998 that searches for the interface — the integration — among the built and natural environments that might be called the soul of place.

Theater of Memory/Bread and Puppet Theater. Site for long-term theater troupe focused on social change, puppetry, installation art and more.

Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory. Based on the work of Augusto Boal, Theater of the Oppressed provides a forum for the practice, performance and dissemination of theater as an organizing tool for activists in neighborhood, labor, peace, human rights, youth and community-based organizations.

Theatre for Development world. A British group that does excellent global and local theater.

Tova Artistic Project. Social change and theater group.

Transformative Mediation is a conflict resolution and dispute mediation training that serves as an alternative to traditional mediation by helping participants design and communicate their stories to one another. Hofstra University School of Law, 121 Hofstra University, Room 104, Hempstead, NY 11549; 516/463-0500.

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Leo d’Anjou, Social Movements and Cultural Change: The First Abolition Campaign Revisited

Rose Angelis, Between Anthropology and Literature: Interdisciplinary Discourse

G. Anzaldua & C. Moraga, The Bridge Called My Back.

A. Bloom and W. Breines, “Taking it to the Streets”: A Sixties Reader.

– Community and Organization in the New Left.

Murray Bookshin, The Ecology of Freedom.

D. Brown, Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee.

Jean Campbell, Art Therapy, Race & Culture.

E. Cantarow, et. al., Moving the Mountain: Women Working for Social Change.

CaybornCarson, et. al., eds. The Eyes of the Prize: Civil Rights Reader.

A. Chapman, New Black Voices.

A. Cockcroft, Toward a People’s Art: The Contemporary Mural Movement.

Robert Coles, The Call of Service

– Growing Up Poor.

– Teaching Community.

D. Crimp, AIDS: Cultural Analysis/Community Activism.

Vine Deloria, Trail of Broken Treaties.

A. Dundes, Mother Wit from the Laughing Barrel.

Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed: On Not Getting By in America.

S.M. Evans and H.C. Boyte, Free Spaces: The Sources of Democratic Change in America.

Ron Eyerman,and Andrew Jamison. Social Movements: A Cognitive Approach

Rick Fantasia, Cultures of Solidarity: Consciousness, Action and Contemporary Workers

Gary Alan Fine, Gary Alan. “Public Narration and Group Culture: Discerning Discourse in Social Movements”(1995), Social Movements and Culture, edited by Hank Johnston and Bert Klandermans. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press

D. Fisher, The Third Woman.

Eric Forer, Who Owns History?

J. Freeman, Social Movements of the Sixties and Seventies.

Fuller, Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcomming the Abuse of Rank.

A. Gayle, The Black Aesthetic.

N. George, Stop the Violence.

Paula Giddings, When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America

Larry Gornick, A Cartoon History of the United States.

bell hooks, Killing Rage.

G. Hull, P. Scott, & B. Smith (eds.), All the Women are White, All the Blacks are Men, But Some of us are Brave: Black Woman’’ Studies

Jonathan Kazol, Amazing Grace.

Louise Krasniewicz, Nuclear Summer: The Clash of Communities at the Seneca Women’’ Peace Encampment

Frances Moore Lappe, and P. M. Du Bois, The Quickening of America: Rebuilding Our Nationa, Remaking Our Lives.

H. Lesnick, Guerilla Street Theater.

D. Leavitt, Feminist Theater Groups.

GerdaLerner, Black Women in White America

Lucy Lippard, Get the Question?: A Decade of Art for Social Change.

AudreLorde, Sister Outsider.

MichelineR. Malson, Elizabeth Mudimbe-Boyi, Jean F. O’Barr, & Mary Wyer, eds., Black Women in America: A Social Science Perspective

Doug McAdam and Mayer Zald, eds. Comparative Perspectives on Social Movements: Political Opportunities, Mobilizing Structures, and Cultural Framings.

Alberto Melucci, Challenging Codes: Collective Action in the Information Age

C. Merchant, Radical Ecology.

The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology and the Scientific Revolution.

Aldon D. Morris and Carol McClurg Mueller, eds. Frontiers in Social Movement Theory.

Origin of the Civil Rights Movement.

Toni Morrison ed., Race-ing Justice, En-gendering Power: Essays on Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas, and the Construction of Social Reality

David Oshinky, How to Change the World.

C. Payne, I’ve Got the Light Of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle.

Robert Putnam, Bowling Alone: America’s Declining Social Capital.

Adrienne Rich, Blood, Bread and Poetry.

D. Roman, Acts of Intervention: Performance, Gay Culture and AIDS.

Eve Sedgwick, Epistemology of the Closet.

Nancy Seifer, Nobody Speaks for Me.

T. Shank, American Alternative Theater.

Paul Chaat Smith and Robert Warrior. Like a Hurricane: The Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee

B. Herndon Smith (ed.), Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology

Studs Terkel, Hope Dies Last.

J. Weisman, Guerilla Theater: Scenerios for Revolution.

Cornell West, Race Matters.

Vision Women: New Essays on American Activism, ed. by Nancy A. Hewitt and Suzanne Lebsock.

Stacey Young, Changing the Wor(l)d: Discourse, Politics, and the Feminist Movement

Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States.