Resources

For your convenience we have put together a list of resources you can check out which are related to the topics, workshops, and action stories found on this website. We encourage you to use these resources to learn more about these issues, plan and take action, and continue the critical conversations needed to create socially, economically, and environmentally just communities.

 Banker to the Poor

Author – Muhammad Yunus
Banker to the Poor introduces micro-lending as a poverty reduction tool in developing countries. This autobiography outlines how 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Muhammad Yunus, created the Grameen Bank to empower the people of Bangladesh to become their own solutions to poverty.

Bitter Chocolate: Investigating the Dark Side of the World’s Most Seductive Sweet

Author – Carol Off
Bitter Chocolate is a social history, a passionate investigative account, and an eye opening expose of the workings of a multi-billion dollar industry that has institutionalised misery as it serves our pleasures. Carol Off traces how chocolate travels from the Global South to your corner store and the people and places it impacts.

Brewing Justice: Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability, and Survival

Author – Daniel Jaffee
Brewing Justice presents an in-depth case study that compares the experiences of coffee producers in Oaxaca, Mexico selling to the fair trade market to those selling to the conventional market. In addition to describing the various impacts of fair trade in the community, Jaffee introduces readers to important debates about the present and future of fair trade markets.

Conquest: Sexual Violence and the American Indian Genocide

Author – Andrea Smith
A recognized scholar and co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, the largest grassroots, multiracial feminist organization in the States, Andrea Smith is an emerging leader in progressive political circles. In Conquest, Smith places Native American women at the center of her analysis of sexual violence, challenging both conventional definitions of the term and conventional responses to the problem.

Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

Author – Bill McKibben
A longtime environmental activist, Bill first gives us a brutally eloquent summary of how much climate change is already messing with current biosphere life and exactly how close we are to the irreversible emissions limit. Undaunted, he instills hope in the belief that we still have time and information technology can work towards our benefit for building local, sustainable communities.

The Element: How finding your passion changes everything

Author – Sir Ken Robinson
The element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion. When people arrive at the element, they feel most themselves and most inspired and achieve at their highest levels. The Element draws on the stories of a wide range of people, from ex-Beatle Paul McCartney to Matt Groening, and from writer Arianna Huffington to renowned physicist Richard Feynman and others, including business leaders and athletes and more. It explores the components of this new paradigm: The diversity of intelligence, the power of imagination and creativity, and the importance of commitment to our own capabilities.

Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer

Author – Novella Carpenter
When Novella Carpenter says she’s a farmer in the city, she means it. This woman has turkeys, chickens, even pigs. This book is a memoir of her time farming on an abandoned lot in a working-class neighborhood in Oakland.  It just might inspire you to start growing your own food in an urban area as well.

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

Author – Eric Schlosser
Fast food has hastened the malling of our landscape, widened the chasm between rich and poor, and propelled American cultural imperialism abroad. Schlosser’s myth-shattering survey stretches from California’s subdivisions, where the business was born, to the industrial corridor along the New Jersey Turnpike, where many of fast food’s flavors are concocted. Along the way, he unearths a trove of fascinating, unsettling truths — from the unholy alliance between fast food and Hollywood to the seismic changes the industry has wrought in food production, popular culture, and even real estate.

Feminism and Pop Culture

Author – Andi Zeisler
Whether or not we like to admit it, pop culture is a lens through which we alternately view and shape the world around us. When it comes to feminism, pop culture aids us in translating feminist philosophies, issues, and concepts into everyday language, making them relevant and relatable. In Feminism and Pop Culture, author and cofounder of Bitch magazine Andi Zeisler traces the impact of feminism on pop culture (and vice versa) from the 1940s to the present and beyond. With a comprehensive overview of the intertwining relationship between women and pop culture, this book is an ideal introduction to discussing feminism and daily life.

Feminism FOR REAL: Deconstructing the Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism

Editor – Jessica Yee
Against a backdrop exposing a 500+ year legacy of colonization and oppression, Feminism FOR REAL explores what has led us to the existence of “feminism”, who gets to decide what it is, and why. With stories that make the walls of academia come tumbling down, it deals head-on with the conflicts of what feminism means in theory as opposed to real life, the frustrations of trying to relate to definitions of feminism that never fit no matter how much you try to  change yourself to fit them, and the anger of changing a system while  being in the system yourself.

Folks This Ain’t Normal

Author – Joel Salatin
Through his philosophies on the practice of sustainable farming, Joel reminds us of the meaning that we have lost as industrial food consumers. He believes that the root of all our problems starts with our relationship with our most basic and primal necessity, food. Semi-autobiographical, the book offers a scintillating insight into his operations at the famous Polyface Farms, which is small, family-owned, and sustainable.

Organize!: Building from the Local for Global Justice

Editors – Aziz Choudry, Jill Hanley & Eric Shragge
Grounded in struggles in Canada, the United States, Aotearoa/New Zealand, as well as transnational activist networks, Organize!: Building from the Local for Global Justice links local organizing with global struggles to make a better world. In over twenty chapters written by a diverse range of organizers, activists, academics, lawyers, artists, and researchers, this book weaves a rich and varied tapestry of dynamic strategies for struggle. From community-based labor organizing strategies among immigrant workers to mobilizing psychiatric survivors, from arts and activism for Palestine to organizing in support of Indigenous Peoples, the authors reflect critically on the tensions, problems, limits, and gains inherent in a diverse range of organizing contexts and practices. The book also places these processes in historical perspective, encouraging us to use history to shed light on contemporary injustices and how they can be overcome.

The Omnivore’s Dilemma

Author – Michael Pollan
Micheal Pollan unpacks the issues around agriculture and food consumption by asking one simple question: “what should we have for dinner?” To answer this question, Pollan follows each of the food chains that sustain us—industrial food, organic or alternative food, and food we forage ourselves—from the source to a final meal, and in the process develops a definitive account of the American way of eating. The answers he finds have a profound political, economic, psychological, and even moral implications for all of us.

The No-Nonsense Guides

Author – Various Authors
All No-Nonsense Guides are published by New Internationalist magazine. The guides cover many issues, including globalization, women’s rights, international migration and the arms trade. The guides all provide clear, succinct overviews of the issues using case studies and real-world examples.

The Shock Doctrine

Author – Naomi Klein
This book explodes the myth that the global free market triumphed democratically. Exposing the thinking, the money trail and the puppet strings behind the world-changing crises and wars of the last four decades, The Shock Doctrine is the gripping story of how America’s “free market” policies have come to dominate the world– through the exploitation of disaster-shocked people and countries.

Stay Solid! A Radical Handbook for Youth

Editors – Matt Hern and the Purple Thistle Centre
This scrapbook-style collection of essays, excerpts, explanations, and images pushes back against a culture that relentlessly demands that youth give up their best ideals, abandon their hopes, forget their ethical objections to dominant life, soothe their rage, and accept their fates. From dealing with the cops to dealing with your peers, from school and community to drugs and sex, from race and class to money and mental health, Stay Solid! provides essential support for radically inclined teens who believe that it’s possible for all of us to hang on to our values and build a life we believe in.

Upping the Anti

Author – Various Authors
Upping the Anti is a radical journal of theory and action, which provides a space to reflect on the state of political organizing in Canada. The journal is interested in assessing the interwoven tendencies that define the politics of today’s radical left: anti-capitalism, anti-oppression, and anti-imperialism. Upping the Anti is committed to accessible language and avoiding academic jargon.

Undoing Border Imperialism

Editor – Harsha Walia
By reformulating immigrant rights movements within a cross-borders look at capitalism, labor exploitation, settler colonialism, state building, and racialized empire, this book provides the alternative conceptual frameworks of border imperialism and decolonization. This work offers relevant insights for all social movement organizers on effective strategies to overcome the barriers and borders within movements in order to cultivate fierce, loving, and sustainable communities of resistance striving toward liberation. This book includes contributions from over twenty organizers and writers from across North America.

Why your world is about to get a whole lot smaller

Author – Jeff Rubin
According to maverick economist Jeff Rubin, there will be no energy bailout. The global economy has suffered oil crises in the past, but this time around the rules have changed. And that means the future is not going to be a continuation of the past. For generations we have built wealth by burning more and more oil. Our cars, our homes, our whole world has been getting bigger in the cheap-oil era. Now it is about to get smaller.

1984

The film of George Orwell’s novel depicting a totalitarian future society in which a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love.

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

This film examines the evolution of the Black Power Movement in the black community and Diaspora from 1967 to 1975. The film combines music, startling 16mm footage (lying undiscovered in the cellar of Swedish Television for 30 years), and contemporary audio interviews from leading African-American artists, activists, and scholars including Erykah Badu, Bobby Seale, and Angela Davis.

Collapse

Michael Ruppert is someone who has gotten a lot right about things that he wishes he wasn’t right about. Well now he has a prediction about nothing short of the collapse of the entirety of modern industrialized society. Sounds crazy? Not if you hear what he has to say. A study into a modern day Cassandra, Collapse delves into horrifying truths that you want to forget but is too spellbinding to run away from.

Diagnosing Difference

Diagnosing Difference explores the impacts and implications of the Gender Identity Disorder (GID) diagnosis on the lives and communities of transgender, genderqueer, and gender variant people. This groundbreaking project seeks to humanize the debate surrounding the GID diagnosis by centering the insights and expertise of those it affects most directly, while also forefronting differences in experience based on factors like race, class, gender orientation, and generation.

Don’t Need You: The Herstory of Riot Grrrl

This documentary film tells the story of the origins of riot grrrl in the American independent music scene of the 1990s, and how this feminist movement evolved into a revolutionary underground network of education and self-awareness through music, writing, activism, and community-building. The film gives audiences a chance to meet key figures in the development of Riot Grrrl and see for themselves how these women have changed the history of music and feminism forever.

El Contrato

This documentary from Min Sook Lee follows a poverty-stricken father from Central Mexico, along with several of his countrymen, as they make their annual migration to southern Ontario to pick tomatoes. For 8 months a year, the town’s population absorbs 4,000 migrant workers who toil under conditions, and for wages, that no local would accept. Yet despite a fear of repercussions, the workers voice their desire for dignity and respect.

Food Inc. 

Our relationship with food is central to our livelihood and impacts many social and climate justice issues. Processing that heavily involves corn or corn products; animals that are squeezed by their thousands to be fed corn, antibiotics and growth hormones; undocumented workers with no benefits and a minimal salary forming a slave labor backbone, it’s a horror show. And that’s what you’re probably eating and contributing to every day. Featuring interviews with authors: Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser and Farmer Joel Salatin, it’s a scathing vilification of our Industrial food system.

HIP-HOP: Beyond Beats and Rhymes

Filmmaker Byron Hurt tackles issues of masculinity, sexism, violence and homophobia in today’s hip-hop culture. Sparking dialogue on hip-hop and its declarations on gender, the film provides thoughtful insight from intelligent, divergent voices including rap artists, industry executives, rap fans and social critics from inside and outside the hip-hop generation. A “loving critique” from a self-proclaimed “hip-hop head,” HIP-HOP: Beyond Beats and Rhymes discloses the complex intersection of culture, commerce and gender.

Home

Home is a beautiful collection of panoramic helicopter flyovers over the earth, every shot presented in a manner that almost feels like a eulogy for the planet that we are losing. Beautifully captivating, it is brilliantly narrated by Glenn Close. Its words and images are simple yet universal, and the scale is simply breathtaking.

The Inside Job

The Inside Job is the first film to expose the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. The global financial meltdown, at a cost of $20 trillion, resulted in millions of people losing their homes and jobs. This movie traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships which have corrupted politics, regulations, and academia. A 2010 Academy Award Winner.

Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance

This film is a comprehensive review of the cataclysmic events of the summer of 1990, often referred to as the “Oka Crisis.” The film offers intense footage and crucial context for the standoff between the Mohawk people of Kanehsatake and state actors including the Québec police and Canadian army. Director Alanis Obomsawin stayed behind the barricades for the full length of the siege, and provides a compelling portrait of the people behind the barricades.

Killing Us Softly

Jean Kilbourne takes a fresh look at how advertising traffics in distorted and destructive ideals of femininity. The film marshals a range of new print and television advertisements to lay bare a stunning pattern of damaging gender stereotypes — images and messages that too often reinforce unrealistic, and unhealthy, perceptions of beauty, perfection, and sexuality.

Life in Debt

This film focuses a lens on the post-colonial landscape in Jamaica. It addresses the consequences of IMF decisions and trade agreements.

A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde

An epic portrait of the eloquent, award-winning Black, lesbian, poet, mother, teacher and activist, Audre Lorde, whose writings articulated some of the most important social and political visions of the century. From Lorde’s childhood roots in Harlem to her battle with breast cancer, this moving film explores a life and a body of work that embodied the connections between the Civil Rights movement, the Women’s movement, and the struggle for lesbian and gay liberation.

This Changes Everything

Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. This film explores the economic system created this crisis and builds to Klein’s most controversial and exciting idea that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

Tough Guise: Violence, Media & Masculinity

Tough Guise is a video geared toward youth to systematically examine the relationship between pop-cultural imagery and the social construction of masculine identities in our culture at the dawn of the 21st century.

United in Anger: A History of ACT-UP

This documentary explores the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT-UP) from a grassroots perspective through the use of startling archival footage that puts the audience on the ground with the activists. The film looks at strategies for collective organizing and civil disobedience as well as the profound grief of the AIDS crisis and the incredible energy of ACT UP.

Bitch Magazine

A feminist response to pop culture and its impacts on the social construction of gender

Briarpatch

Fiercely independent and frequently irreverent, Briarpatch tackles today’s most pressing problems from a radical, grassroots perspective.

DT EAST Newspaper

The newspaper of the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council, the DT EAST tackles issues of gentrification, police violence, indigenous struggles for sovereignty, violence against women, and more.

The Economist

The Economist is a magazine focusing on international politics and business news and opinion.

Megaphone

Megaphone is a magazine sold on the streets of Vancouver by homeless and low-income vendors.
Megaphone’s goal is to provide a voice and an economic opportunity for homeless and low-income people while building grassroots support to end poverty.

Ms. Magazine

Ms. was the first national magazine to make feminist voices audible, feminist journalism tenable, and a feminist worldview available to the public.

National Geographic

National Geographic Magazine is one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational
institutions in the world. Its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science,
the promotion of environmental and historical conservation.

New Internationalist

The New Internationalist workers’ co-operative exists to report on the issues of world poverty and inequality; to focus attention on the unjust relationship between the powerful and powerless.

Redwire Native Youth Media (formerly Redwire Magazine)

Redwire is a collective of Native youth creating uncensored spaces for youth to find their own voice. All of Redwire’s media projects are initiated and led by youth, inspiring creativity, confidence, motivation and action.

Shameless Magazine

Shameless is an independent Canadian voice for smart, strong, sassy young women and trans youth. It’s a fresh alternative to typical teen magazines, packed with articles about arts, culture and current events, reflecting the neglected diversity of our readers’ interests and experiences. Shameless aims to inspire, inform, and advocate for young women and trans youth.

Adbusters

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Adbusters is a not-for-profit, reader-supported, 120,000-circulation magazine concerned about the erosion of our physical and cultural environments by commercial forces.

Black Girl Dangerous

Black Girl Dangerous is the brainchild of writer Mia McKenzie. What started out as a scream of anguish has evolved into a multi-faceted forum for expression. Black Girl Dangerous seeks to, in as many ways possible, amplify the voices, experiences and expressions of queer and trans* people of color.

F-Bomb

The FBomb.org is a blog/community created by and for teenage girls and their allies who care about women’s rights and want to be heard. All young feminists who are just a little bit pissed off and very outspoken are more than welcome here.

Feministing

Feministing’s Community blog exists to provide a platform for feminist and pro-feminist writing, to connect feminists online and off, and to encourage activism. Feministing hope that the Community blog will be a forum for a variety of feminist voices and organizations.

Global Hive

The Global Hive Toolkit is designed to assist the efforts of public engagement practitioners working in Canada: NGO staff, volunteers, international development workers, teachers, youth, campaigners, activists, artists, policy makers – in short, everyone who works to engage others on global issues.

Leaving Evidence

Leaving Evidence is a blog by Mia Mingus, a queer physically disabled woman of color, korean transracial and transnational adoptee writer and organizer. Through her work on disability justice and transformative justice to end child sexual abuse, Mia Mingus recognizes the urgency and barriers for oppressed communities to work together and build solidarity for liberation.  She works for community, interdependency and home for all of us.

Mother Jones

Mother Jones is a nonprofit news organization that specializes in investigative, political, and social justice reporting.

Native Appropriations

Native Appropriations is a forum for discussing the use of Indigenous cultures, traditions, languages, and images in popular culture, advertising, and everyday life.

Racialicious

A certified media junkie, Latoya Peterson provides a hip-hop feminist and anti-racist view on pop culture with a special focus on video games, anime, American comics, manga, magazines, film, television, and music.

safe2pee.org – Bathrooms for Everyone

Safe2pee.org is an online directory for gender-neutral and accessible restrooms. The goal of the project is to create a resource where people who are unable to access traditional public restrooms can find safe alternatives, and to support advocacy and research to further the cause of safe, inclusive, and accessible bathrooms.

Sociological Images

Sociological Images: Seeing is Believing is designed to encourage all kinds of people to exercise and develop their sociological imagination by presenting brief sociological discussions of compelling and timely imagery that spans the breadth of sociological inquiry.

TreeHugger

Dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream, this is the one–stop–shop for green news, solutions and product information.

YES! Magazine

YES! Magazine re-frames the biggest problems of our time in terms of their solutions. Online and in print, YES! Magazine outlines a path forward with in-depth analysis, tools for citizen engagement and stories about real people working for a better world.