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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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It’s Time to Complete the Story.
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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This month marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX. Title IX was signed into law by President Richard Nixon on June 23, 1972. Originally, Title IX was meant to ban gender discrimination at any institution that received federal funding. Over time, the interpretation of Title IX broadened to include sports programs as well as educational programs.
A Fab Five Biographies Selection in Observance of Pride Month
The “Fab Five,” a monthly curated selection of biographies and learning resources featuring five notable women from history and current newsmakers, uplifts five advocates of LGBTQIA+ rights during Pride Month throughout the month of June in recognition of the critical advocacy work that continues towards dignity, equality, and equitable rights for all human beings.
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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According to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the National Women’s History Museum, most U.S. adults believe the country has made at least some progress toward equality for women since 1972.
LGBTQIA+ Resource Toolkit
Explore our new LGBTQIA+ Pride Month Resource Toolkit 2022, which offers a variety of resources to use throughout this month and beyond, including biographies, events, and programming.