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Professor Tracy Perkins to speak at Davis about history of environmental justice activism in California

D.J. Eaton

Tracy Perkins conducted 125 interviews for her book "Evolution of a Movement: Four Decades of California Environmental Justice Activism."Photo byDaniel MoqvistonUnsplash

Arizona State University Professor Tracy Perkins will discuss the evolution of California’s environmental justice movement in a public meeting at the University of California, Davis on January 25 at 4:00 p.m. Free tickets to the event at the Student Community Center can be obtained via Eventbrite.

She will talk about her book Evolution of a Movement: Four Decades of California Environmental Justice Activism with Dr. Beth Rose Middleton Manning, director of the U.C. Davis Environmental and Climate Justice Hub. Perkins is an assistant professor at her university's School of Social Transformation.

In her book, Perkins looked at what was behind the decision of California’s environmental activists to abandon the loud protests of the 1980-90s and find ways of working within the political system in Sacramento. She spoke about her book with Laura Pulido of the University of Oregon in September 2022. A video of that book launch was posted on YouTube by the School of Social Transformation.

Perkins was instrumental in the creation of Voices from the Valley, a project which combined oral history, theater, photography, and journalism to show how politically marginalized California communities live with poisonous pollution. "This project grew out of 25 interviews conducted by Tracy Perkins in 2007-2008. She designed them to serve two purposes: to provide data for her master’s thesis in Community Development at the University of California, Davis, as well as to collect and share the stories of the women leaders in the San Joaquin Valley environmental justice movement," the project's website said.

The Student Community Center is at 397 Hutchison Drive. The event will take place in the multi-purpose room.

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