Who Killed Berta Caceres?  

by Nina Lakhani
     Verso, 2020
“A deeply affecting–and infuriating–portrait of the life and death of a courageous indigenous leader.”

The first time Honduran indigenous leader Berta Cáceres met the journalist Nina Lakhani, Cáceres said, ‘The army has an assassination list with my name at the top. I want to live, but in this country there is total impunity. When they want to kill me, they will do it.’ In 2015, Cáceres won the Goldman Prize, the world’s most prestigious environmental award, for leading a campaign to stop construction of an internationally funded hydroelectric dam on a river sacred to her Lenca people. Less than a year later she was dead.      (from verso site)

-An exceptional book about a woman who refused to accept that people had to be poor so that others could be rich.   

A Billion Black Anthropocenes
or None

by Kathyrn YussofUniversity of Minnesota
Press, 2019

“Rewriting the ‘origin stories’ of the Anthropocene”

Kathryn Yusoff examines how the grammar of geology is foundational to establishing the extractive economies of subjective life and the earth under colonialism and slavery. She initiates a transdisciplinary conversation between black feminist theory, geography, and the earth sciences, addressing the politics of the Anthropocene within the context of race, materiality, deep time, and the afterlives of geology.  (from University of Minnesota Press)

- This slim elegant volume is an incredibly important contribution.  Yusoff rips the Anthropocene from its smug, invisibilizing comfort.  

Afro-Dog: Blackness and the Animal Question 

by Bénédicte Boisseron

Columbia University Press, 2018

“In Afro-Dog, Bénédicte Boisseron investigates the relationship between race and the animal in the history and culture of the Americas and the black Atlantic, exposing a hegemonic system that compulsively links and opposes blackness and animality to measure the value of life. “
(Columbia University Press)

“The trauma that now lives in the bodies of so many African Americans did not begin when those bodies first encountered white ones. This trauma can be traced back much further, through generation upon generation of white bodies, to medieval Europe ... when the English came to America they brought much of their resilience, much of their brutality and, I believe, much of their trauma with them.
The colonization of minds and bodies soothed some of the long-held pain that had been passed down from generation to generation in white bodies.  Poor white Americans were increasingly able to believe that they had a claim to power and privilege that had eluded their ancestors.”                                                         Resmaa Menakem

Though this book does not speak directly to ecolgy, I include it here with shared understanding that we are unable to heal our earth without also healing ourselves. 

“Blackness, Animality, and the Unsovereign”

by Che Gosset Verso Blog, Sept 2015

“Black radical imaginings of abolition as a relation provide a way to think about how the caging and mass killing of animal life, the caging and mass killing of Black life, and the racial capitalism that propels premature death are connected in a deadlock.”  - Che Gosset

An Indigenous People’s History of the United States

by Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz

Beacon Press, 2014

“ The centuries-long genocidal program of the US settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history...  Spanning more than four hundred years, this classic bottom-up peoples’ history radically reframes US history and explodes the silences that have haunted our national narrative.”  (Beacon Press)

&  An Indigneous People’s History for Young People !

“Indigenous farmers always carried flints ... they burned the undergrowth in forests so that the young grasses and other ground cover that sprouted the following spring would entice greater numbers of herbivores and the predators that fed on them, which would sustain the people who ate them both.”

“Rural movements have recently emerged to become some of the most important social forces in opposition to neoliberalism. From Brazil and Mexico to Zimbabwe and the Philippines, rural movements of diverse political character, but all sharing the same social basis of dispossessed peasants and unemployed workers, have used land occupations and other tactics to confront the neoliberal state. This volume brings together for the first time across three continents - Africa, Latin America and Asia - an intellectually consistent set of original investigations into this new generation of rural social movements.” (from ZED books website)


The Social Life of Forests, New York Times Magazine, Dec. 2020

“It’s Official:  Trump is the Most Anti-Conservation President in History”.  Mother Jones, May 2020

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(portrait of Billy Holiday and Mister,
New York, February 1947)