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NEW SOCIETY BLOG — Social Justice

Book Award Finalists

We are thrilled to announce that New Society are finalists for several Book Awards.

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International Transgender Day of Visibility

Today, March 31st, is International Transgender Day of Visibility. Founded by U.S. transgender activist, Rachel Crandall, this day is “dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of transgender and gender nonconforming people while raising awareness of the work that still needs to be done to achieve trans justice.”

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How to make introductions more inclusive

Have you ever considered that trying to be more inclusive can cause harm? Today, we share an excerpt from The Token: Common Sense Ideas for Increasing Diversity in Your Organization where Crystal Byrd Farmer explains how adding seemingly harmless practices to actions like introductions may cause problems within your organization.

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Nature As Healer

Climate change impacts everyone. In Engage, Connect, Protect, Angela Ezeilo and Nick Chiles challenge the myth that climate change is only of importance to wealthy white communities by exploring the interests that African American, Latino, and Native American people have on our collective environment. Today, we share an excerpt that looks at the importance of nature for peoples’ health.

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Navigating Sexism and Benefiting from White Privilege

In What’s Up With White Women? Ilsa Govan and Tilman Smith explore their gendered roles in systemic racism and the opportunities for action. Positioned between white men and BIPOC, white women are in a unique place of the power hierarchy. Today, in an excerpt from their book, we share their thoughts on navigating sexism and benefitting from white privilege.

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Achieving Racial Justice and Equity Requires Conversation

Today, Fern Johnson and Marlene Fine share stories that didn’t rise to national attention. How many of these were you aware of?

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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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