ESP 527: EJ-Community Organizing

2008-12-22 -

Field study fee reduced.


58968 (for web registration)




Abigail Abrash






Spring 2009

Meeting Schedule:

Wed 2/4 (4:30PM-6:29PM)
Wed 2/18 (4:30PM-6:29PM)
Wed 3/4 (4:30PM-6:29PM)
Thu 3/12 - 3/20 (TBA)
Wed 4/1 (4:30PM-6:29PM)
Wed 4/22 (4:30PM-6:29PM)


Competency Areas: Civic Ecology II or Elective
Restricted to ES masters students from December 9 – 16; open to all ES students on December 17; others by written permission of instructor(s) provided to the Registrar146s Office via FirstClass.

Please Note: Attendance at ALL pre-trip meetings is mandatory. Enrolled students who fail to drop the course at least 1 week before the first pre-trip meeting or who fail to attend the first pre-trip meeting will be held financially responsible for the cost of the trip and will forfeit their seat in the class. Students on the waitlist MUST attend the first pre-trip meeting. (Note: Should a seat become available, only those students on the waitlist who have attended the first pre-trip meeting will be considered for admittance). Limited scholarship money may be available to support students attending field study trips; availability of full or partial scholarships will be determined by course registration. Information about scholarship assistance and eligibility guidelines will be circulated to all ES students during registration by Rachel Thiet, Field Study Trip Director. Additional scholarship money is available for EAOP students enrolled in this course; please see the instructor or EAOP Program Director for details.)

This field studies course will address the general history and politics of the environmental justice movement in the United States and internationally, focusing particular attention on environmental and human rights issues associated with hardrock mining. We will also examine governmental, corporate and local, national and international activist movement responses to these impacts. The course will center around a field studies trip to Nevada that will explore the environmental and human rights dimensions of large-scale gold mining, groundwater extraction and degradation, nuclear waste storage and weapons testing, Native sovereignty rights, international human rights law, and environmental justice organizing. In addition to pre- and post-trip meetings, this class will spend 8 days in Nevada meeting with indigenous Western Shoshone community activists, allied public interest/environmental lawyers, scientists, representatives from state and U.S. government agencies, and mining corporation personnel. The course will include a service learning component and also include a post-trip report out to ANE and other communities on the environmental justice issues and movement in Nevada. Cost – approximately $1,400.