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Fresh Banana Leaves: Healing Indigenous Science by Jessica Hernandez, Ph.D. (North Atlantic Books, 2022)
Despite the undeniable fact that Indigenous communities are among the most affected by climate devastation, Indigenous science is nowhere to be found in mainstream environmental policy or discourse. And while holistic land, water, and forest management practices born from millennia of Indigenous knowledge systems have much to teach all of us, Indigenous science has long been ignored, otherized, or perceived as "soft"—the product of a systematic, centuries-long campaign of racism, colonialism, extractive capitalism, and delegitimization.
Here, Jessica Hernandez—Maya Ch'orti' and Zapotec environmental scientist and founder of environmental agency Piña Soul—introduces and contextualizes Indigenous environmental knowledge and proposes a vision of land stewardship that heals rather than displaces, that generates rather than destroys. She breaks down the failures of western-defined conservatism and shares alternatives, citing the restoration work of urban Indigenous people in Seattle; her family's fight against ecoterrorism in Latin America; and holistic land management approaches of Indigenous groups across the continent.
Through case studies, historical overviews, and stories that center the voices and lived experiences of Indigenous Latin American women and land protectors, Hernandez makes the case that if we're to recover the health of our planet--for everyone--we need to stop the eco-colonialism ravaging Indigenous lands and restore our relationship with Earth to one of harmony and respect.
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Each time a girl opens a book and reads a womanless history, she learns she is worth less.Myra Pollack SadkerProfessor, Author, Researcher, and Activist
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Rosie the Riveter and the iconic “We Can Do It” poster became a rallying cry for female participation in the workforce during World War 2. The image not only inspired many women to enter the work force for the first time, but to gain employment in previously male dominated occupations. Women have been breaking down barriers, expanding the roles allowed to them by society, and creating the momentum necessary for change since the founding of America’s republic. Yet, few images better symbolize the call for equality and recognition of womanhood like that bandana-clad creation of the War Production Co-Ordinating Committee. There is more to the story, however, as millions of real “Rosie the Riveters” answered their government’s call. This lesson is about those women and their contributions to America’s victory in the Second World War.
A Fab Five Biographies Selection in Observance of Mental Health Awareness Month
The “Fab Five,” a monthly curated selection of biographies and learning resources featuring five notable women from history and current newsmakers, honors Mental Health Awareness Month throughout the month of May by lifting up the important care, advocacy, and attention that Elizabeth Packard, Nellie Bly, Mamie Phipps Clark, Noami Osaka, and Reiko Homma True have and are making towards greater understanding and recognition of women’s mental health needs.
If we want our girls to benefit from the courage and wisdom of the women before them, we have to share the stories.Shireen Dodson
Many of us are not sure how to counter racism when we witness it and don’t know what to say when people we know downplay or trivialize the hate, prejudice and discrimination that people of color experience in our country.
Being an ally in the struggle for racial justice and equity goes beyond simply not being racist. We hope this list of resources help to educate and motivate you to take action.
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