the Understory: As Long as Grass Grows

For February 26th,we are reading:

AS LONG AS GRASS GROWS: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock

Author:Dina Gilio-Whitaker

Through the unique lens of “Indigenized environmental justice,” Indigenous researcher and activist Dina Gilio-Whitaker explores the tense history of treaty violations, struggles for food and water security, and protection of sacred sites, while highlighting the important leadership of Indigenous women in this centuries-long struggle. As Long As Grass Grows gives readers an accessible history of Indigenous resistance to government and corporate incursions on their lands and offers new approaches to environmental justice activism and policy.

If you’d like to participate, please have read the above selection by the meeting date so that you can show up authentically and contribute to the conversation meaningfully. We will have an open discussion, with guided questions if necessary, to help digest and possibly apply what was presented in the selection. Come meet others interested in the same things you are.

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Bark’s The Understory book club is on a mission to maintain a robust and active study group as a strategy to deepen Bark’s engagement with environmental literature beyond the typical canon of white, western, male, and scientific writing. The Understory strives to develop cultural humility and promote radical environmental justice in our organization and community and by focusing on readings that support our collective and individual practices of decolonization, anti-oppression, and cultural transformation. 

The Understory meets in the Bark office on the last Monday of the month and will follow Bark’s COVID fieldwork protocol.