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NEW SOCIETY BLOG — Social Justice

After George Floyd: Racial Reckoning Requires Honest Talk

On the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, the term “racial reckoning” appeared again—in news reports, in commentary, from faith leaders, from some elected officials—but not because the pace of change has accelerated. In fact, just the opposite has happened: change has slowed and hope diminished.

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All Eyes On Fairy Creek

The Fairy Creek Blockade is a non-violent act of civil disobedience that has stopped Teal-Jones from building roads and logging old-growth trees in the last unlogged old-growth valley on southern Vancouver Island. This organized protest protects the pristine headwaters of this ancient ecosystem from destruction and aims to create a movement that holds BC accountable for protecting its forests.

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Better Talk

Let's Talk Race: A guide for white people by Marlene G. Fine and Fern L. Johnson confronts why white people struggle to talk about race, why we need to own this problem, and how we can learn to do the work ourselves and stop expecting Black people to do it for us. Today on the blog, we take an excerpt from Chapter 6: Better Talk, in which Fine and Johnson suggest some guidelines to help white people better navigate conversations regarding race.

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Intrinsic Hope: Opening up to Painful Emotions

With the US election upon us, we turn to the book Intrinsic Hope for inspiration, as it feels we all need a deeper source of hope right now and Kate Davies expresses so well the importance of accepting our emotions, as a way to open our hearts and move into a place of transformation and action.

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Microaggression or Compliment?

Today's post is an excerpt from Crystal Byrd Farmer’s new book The Token: Common Sense Ideas for Creating Diversity in Your Organization. Crystal acts as the bridge between majority white organizations who acknowledge the need for diversity but don’t know where to start.

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Harness the Power of Permaculture to Redesign Your Life for Resilient Living

In Human Permaculture: Life Design for Resilient Living, authors Bernard Alonso and Cecile Guiochon use the principles of permaculture and apply them to redesigning your life and community to align with the resources available on the planet. In today’s blog we reflect on permaculture ethics and how they relate to human permaculture and allow us to put our talents at the service of the environment

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Educating for Action through Personal Lifestyle

This excerpt from Educating for Action, from Larry Albert Butz, compiled and edited by Jason Del Gandio and Anthony J Nocella II, stresses the benefits of using your everyday life as a means to your politics.

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2020 Living Now Book Award Winners!

We are thrilled to announce that three of our books have are winners for the 2020 Living Now Book Awards!

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Why am I the only brown person here?

Natasha Bowen, author of Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience, and Farming, shares her beginnings of leaving her urban existence to go ‘back to the land’, where she realized she was often the only woman of color, setting her on a quest to find out why that was.

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Book Awards Winners & Finalists for 2019 Books

We are thrilled to announce that many of our books have been Book Award Winners and Finalists!

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Showing Up as a Strong White Ally

This excerpt is from the book "Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice, 4th edition" by Paul Kivel. He is a social justice educator, activist, and writer has been involved in racial justice work for over 50 years.

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Nautilus Book Award Winners

Nautilus Book Award Winners

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The Tongue Twister Game

In The Power Manual: How to Master Complex Power Dynamics, Cyndi Suarez includes a section on games. She says, “Play catalyzes creativity and innovation. Play allows experimentation with different potential realities. Trying things out first in play space increases the chances of successful innovation in the structured space of everyday life"

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Choosing Hope in these Troubled Times

Today's blog is from Kate Davies, author of Intrinsic Hope: Living Courageously in Trouble Times, and winner of the Grand Prize Nautilus Award.

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How can I support the application of Indigenous laws?

Alejandro Frid, the author of Changing Tides: An Ecologist's Journey to Make Peace with the Anthropocene, was asked the question "how can I support the application of indigenous laws' many times during his book tour this past fall. Alejandro elaborates on his original response in today's post.

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