Green Syndicalism


Green Syndicalism: an alternative red/green vision

A new book! Just released from Syracuse University Press, ISBN: 978-0-8156-3307-5 (6X9, 280pgs. notes, Bibliography | Index) From the pre-published proofs, here is a PDF with the full Table of Contents, Preface & Acknowledgements. About the book:

It is widely understood that the burdens of ecological destruction are borne disproportionately by working-class and poor communities, both through illness and disease caused by pollutants and through the depletion of natural resources from which they make a living. Yet, consistently, the voices of the working class are the most marginalized, excluded, and silenced when discussing how to address ecological concerns and protect the environment from future destruction. Both mainstream environmental groups, such as the Sierra Club and Greenpeace, and radical environmentalists, such as EarthFirst!, are reluctant to engage with working-class and poor communities, often viewing blue-collar workers as responsible for the destruction these groups are trying to prevent. In Green Syndicalism, Shantz issues a call to action to the environmental movement and labor activists, particularly rank and file workers, to join forces in a common struggle to protect the environment from capitalism, corporate greed, and the extraction of resources. He argues for a major transformation to address the "jobs versus the environment" rhetoric that divides these two groups along lines of race and class. Combining practical initiatives and theoretical perspectives, Shantz

Radical Ecology & Class Struggle, a reconsideration

This was an essay from several years back, which was laid out in a short zine format by Zabalaza Books, in South Africa. Below, find an 'ebook preview' of a longer version with full bibliographical references, as published in Critical Sociology, Vol.30, Issue 3, 2004.

Judi Bari and 'the feminization of Earth first!': the convergence of class, gender and radical environmentalism

Published in: Feminist review ISSN 0141-7789
2002, no70, pp. 105-122 [18 page(s) (article)]

This paper addresses feminist materialism as political practice through a case study of IWW-Earth First! Local 1, the late Judi Bari's organization of a radical ecology/ timber workers' union in the ancient redwood forests of Northern California. Rejecting the Earth First! mythology of timber workers as enemies' of nature, Bari sought to unite workers and environmentalists in pursuit of sustainable forestry practices against the devastating approaches favoured by multinational logging corporations. In so doing, she brought a working-class feminist perspective to the radical ecology of Earth First!

CLEARCUT THE BOSSES: Radical Ecology and Class Struggle

Labour and environmental movements are often portrayed as being opponents in battles over nature that pit jobs against the environment. This work offers a reconsideration of the important connections between radical ecology and working class movements. It also identifies similarities in the practices of revolutionary unionism (or syndicalism) and radical environmnetalism. It offers a starting point for re-thinking green politics.

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Syndicalism, Ecology and Feminism: Judi Bari’s Vision

Here is a PDF version to nicely print for photocopy distro designed November 2002, by Punching Out Press -- NOTE: The Toronto PO Box is no longer in service.]

As appeared in Common Voice 3, June 2005. Click here to read on their site.

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