The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race
In this work, Carl Anthony shares his perspectives as an African-American child in post-World War II Philadelphia; a student and civil rights activist in 1960s Harlem; a traveling student of West African architecture; and an architect, planner, and environmental justice advocate in Berkeley. He contextualizes this within American urbanism and human origins, making profoundly personal both African American and American urban histories as well as planetary origins and environmental issues, to not only bring a new worldview to people of color, but to set forth a truly inclusive vision of our shared planetary future.
The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race
connects the logics behind slavery, community disinvestment, and environmental exploitation to address the most pressing issues of our time in a cohesive and foundational manner. Most books dealing with these topics and periods silo issues apart from one another, but this book contextualizes the connections between social movements and issues, providing tremendous insight into successful movement building. Anthony’s rich narrative describes both being at the mercy of racism, urban disinvestment, and environmental injustice as well as fighting against these forces with a variety of strategies.
Because this work is both a personal memoir and an exposition of ideas, it will appeal to those who appreciate thoughtful and unique writing on issues of race, including individuals exploring their own African American identity, as well as progressive audiences of organizations and community leaders and professionals interested in democratizing power and advancing equitable policies for low-income communities and historically disenfranchised communities.
is an architect, regional planner, and social justice leader. He is currently co-founder of the Breakthrough Communities Project and Visiting Professor at the UC Davis Center for Regional Change. Anthony is revered as the founder and former executive director of Urban Habitat, one of the country’s oldest environmental justice organizations, known for pushing the mainstream environmental movement to confront issues of race and class.
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Human Kindness: Waking Up In Tough Times
By Aaron Ableman — December 19, 2016 — Huffington Post
In the chaos of the US election, the Syrian war and global ecosystems collapse, my partner and I had our first child. No, I’m not joking. Not 10 days after the election polls closed and the proverbial “stork” arrived carrying our new girl in its wings. But when the innocent kindness in her eyes probed deep into my heart, I felt a new faith in … well, everything! With every breath, the matrix of violence and corruption fell away like Neo when he saw through the physical world to the truth behind existence. This baby was medicine in sick times, a symbol for the unexpected rise of love in a predictably falling world.
The days after she was born, I asked myself: how can this world carry so much suffering and so much joy all at once? In the face of untold fears, will I choose kindness or despair? Deep down, I knew that I no longer had the luxury of giving up on the world or hiding away until someone else plays the hero. There was a whole new responsibility (and motivation) for busting through the concrete of hopelessness like a resilient flower on the edge of a trucker’s highway. I went searching for others who were also emerging to see through this time of great “emergency”.
On November 9, 2016, Maria Shriver posted a Facebook video review of Random Acts of Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty, co-written by Paloma Pavel, Co-Director of the Breakthrough Communities Project. Click the image below to watch the video.
A message to you all. What I've Been Thinking today…Posted by Maria Shriver on Wednesday, November 9, 2016
We invite you to listen to the audio recordings of our Random Kindness Online Conference, held in February, 2015, celebrating the 20th anniversary edition of Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty
, which includes a new foreword by Desmond Tutu.
February 9th-15th, 2015, was National Random Acts of Kindness Week, and February 17th celebrated Random Kindness day. This year we have launched the 20th anniversary edition of Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty.
The re-release of the book is accompanied by our global Random Kindness Community Resilience Project,
building justice and resilience throughout vulnerable communities in the face of climate change. Book proceeds go to climate and nuclear refugees from Fukushima.
Conference Hosts: Carl Anthony and Paloma Pavel, PhD
Post-production Media Team: Lauren Dahlberg-Seeth and Dennis Rivers
An affirmation of people power in an era dominated by mindless institutions:
On February 12, 2015, Retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu added his voice in celebration of National Random Acts of Kindness Week. This year’s celebrations include events highlighting the 20th anniversary edition of the book, Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty
, with a Foreword by Desmond Tutu
Support Women’s Leadership: You Are Invited
When: Saturday, Feb 7th, 6:30p – 8:30p
Where: Elevate Lounge, 811 Wilshire Blvd, 21st Floor
Downtown Los Angeles.
Come meet the new cohort of Democratic women leaders who will change the tone, tenor, and face of politics in California and beyond.
Emerge California is changing the face of California politics by identifying, training and encouraging women to run for office through an intensive, cohort-based seven-month training program. Despite being more than 50% of the population, currently, less than 30% of California state legislators are women, and California has yet to elect a female Governor. A pool of highly qualified Democratic candidates is being left untapped. Emerge California is changing that!
Dr. Pavel has been selected as a member of the Emerge California 2015 cohort. Please join us in this celebration! Register here.