For those who want to read more about Green politics, the following books and periodicals are a good basic introduction. Although there is a common Green thread running through all of this literature, the ideas expressed therein are the authors’ own and are not necessarily endorsed by the Green Party of the United States.
Bahron, Rudolf. Building the Green Movement. Philadelphia: New Society Publishers, 1986.
Dobson, Andrew, ed. The Green Reader. San Francisco: Mercury House, 1991. Essays from a number of prominent English-speaking Greens and like-minded thinkers.
Kelly, Petra. Fighting for Hope. Boston: South End Press, 1984
Kemp, Penny, ed. Europe’s Green Alternative. Montreal: Black Rose Books, 1992. International anthology of Green authors.
Papadakis, Elim. The Green Movement in West Germany. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1984.
Parkin, Sara. Green Parties. Detailed global assessment of Green Parties. London: Heretic Books, 1989.
Porritt, Jonathon. Seeing Green: The Politics of Ecology Explained. New York: Basil Blackwell, 1985.
Roussopolous, Dimitrios. Green Politics: Agenda for a Free Society. Montreal: Black Rose Books, 1992.
Spretnak, Charlene. The Spiritual Dimension of Green Politics. Santa Fe, N.M.: Bear & Company, 1986.
Spretnak, Charlene, and Fritjof Capra. Green Politics: The Global Promise. Rev. ed.
Santa Fe, N.M.: Bear & Company, 1986.
Tokar, Brian. The Green Alternative: Creating and Ecological Future. San Pedro,
California: R. & E. Miles, 1992.
Adair, Margo, and Shea Howell. Breaking Old Patterns Reweaving New Ties and The Subjective Side of Politics. Definitive treatments of unlearning oppressive behavior and understanding privilege. Available from Tools For Change, P.O. Box 1414G, San Francisco, CA 94114.
Ayvazian, Andrea. Organizational Development: The Seven Deadly Sins. Amherst: The Exchange Project of the Peace Development Fund, 1986. Excellent assessment of common problems of maturing organizations.
Bobo, Kim, Jackie Kendall and Steve Max. Organizing for Social Change: A Manual for Activists in 1990s. Arlington, VA: Seven Locks Press, 1991. (Now in its 4th Edition) This is the one you’ve been hearing about. Whether you’re into electoral work or direct action, check out this 270-page large-format masterpiece by three topnotch Midwest Academy organizers. Covers it all from A to Z.
Butler, C.T.. On Conflict and Consensus. Cambridge, MA: Food Not Bombs Publishing, 1988. The definitive treatment on consensus process.
Cooney, R., and H. Michalowski. The Power of the People. Rev. ed. Philadelphia: New Society Publishers, 1985. A very comprehensive illustrated history of non-violent movements in the U.S. since the 18th century: an invaluable tool for activists.
Coover, Virginia et al. Resource Manual for a Living Revolution. Philadelphia: New Society Publishers, 1985. A classic organizing guide, with many excellent group-building exercises. See especially their section on breaking up bad meeting dynamics.
Freire, Paulo. Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York: Continuum, 1989. Seminal theoretical work on consciousness, education and revolution. Exposes the difference between doing things for people, and truly empowering them to do for themselves.
Johnson, David W., and Frank P. Johnson. Joining Together: Group Theory and Group Skills. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1990. Not an organizing guide per se, but a definitive human-potential movement text on group relations. Excellent resource, especially for anyone putting on seminars or training programs.
Kahn, Si. Organizing. Washington, D.C.: National Association of Social Workers Press, 1992. Accessible yet subtle and insightful book on practical organizing by Grassroots Leadership organizer and nationally known activist/singer/songwriter.
Lyons, Gracie. Constructive Criticism: A Handbook. Berkeley, CA: Wingbow Press, 1988. Learn how to deal with differences openly and constructively.
Olenick, Arnold J., and Philip R. Olenick. A Nonprofit Organization Operating Manual. Washington, D.C.: The Foundation Center, 1991. The book to have on legal and administrative issues. For more developed locals.
Reed, David. Education for Building a People’s Movement. South End Press, 1981. Extraordinarily rigorous application of Freirean principles in industrial-capitalist societies. The chapter on “Building a militant housing movement in Washington, D.C.” is incredible.
Ryan, Charlotte. Prime Time Activism: Media Strategies for Grassroots Organizing. Boston: South End Press, 1991. Cuts a much-needed new path between naïve optimism and cynical despair in working with the press and media.
Seltzer, Michael. Securing Your Organization’s Future. Washington, D.C.: The Foundation Center, 1987. Detailed text on fundraising and general financial issues for the more establish organization.
Training for Transformation. Outstanding three-volume set of Freirean manuals from Africa. May practical exercises. Available from the Center of Concern, 3700 – 13th St. N.E., Washington, D.C. 20017.
OTHER BOOKS INFLUENTIAL IN THE GREEN MOVEMENT
Albert, Michael, Leslie Cagan, Noam Chomsky, Robin Hahnel, Mel King, Lydia Sargent, and Holly Sklar. Liberating Theory. Boston: South End Press, 1986.
Berg, Peter, ed. Reinhabiting a Separate Country: A Bioregional Anthology of Northern California. San Francisco: Planet Drum Books, 1978. Available from Planet Drum Foundation, P.O. Box 31251, San Francisco, CA 94131.
Berry, Wendell. The Gifts of Good Land: Further Essays Cultural and Agricultural. San Francisco: North Point Press, 1981.
Biehl, Janet. Rethinking Ecofeminist Politics. Boston: South End Press, 1991.
Boggs, Carl. Social Movements and Political Power: Emerging Forms of Radicalism in the West. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1986.
Bookchin, Murray. The Ecology of Freedom. Palo Alto, Calif.: Cheshire Books. 1982. Bookchin’s most sweeping philosophical statement.
Bookchin, Murray. The Modern Crisis. Philadelphia: New Society Publishers, 1986.
Bookchin, Murray. Toward an Ecological Society. Rev. ed. Montreal: Black Rose Books, 1986.
Boyte, Harry. The Backyard Revolution: Understanding the New Citizen Movement. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1981.
Boyte, Harry. Community is Possible: Repairing America’s Roots. New York: Harper & Row, 1984.
Caldecott, Leonie, and Stephanie Leland. Reclaim the Earth: Women Speak Out for Life on Earth. Salem, N.H.: The Women’s Press, 1984.
Callenbach, Ernest. Ecotopia. Berkeley: Banyan Tree Books, 1975.
Callenbach, Ernest. Ecotopia Emerging. Berkeley: Banyan Tree Books, 1981.
Capra, Fritjof. The Tao of Physics. Berkeley: Shambhala, 1976.
Cockburn, Alexander, and Susanna Hecht. The Fate of the Forests. London: Verso, 1989.
Commoner, Barry. The Poverty of Power. New York: Bantam Books, 1976.
Costner, Pat, with Glenna Booth and Holly Gettings. We All Live Downstream: A Guide to Waste Treatment that Stops Water Pollution. Eureka Springs, Arkansas: Waterworks Publishing Company, 1986. Available from The Water Center, P.O. Box 264, Eureka Springs, AK 72632
Crowther, Richard L. Women/Nature/Destiny: Female/Male Equity for Global Survival. Denver: Directions/Publisher, 1986.
Dammann, Erik. Revolution in the Affluent Society. London: Heretic Books, 1984.
Devall, Bill, and George Sessions. Deep Ecology: Living As If Nature Mattered. Layton, Utah: Peregrine/Smith, 1984.
Dickson, David. Politics of Alternative Technology. New York: Universe Books, 1975.
Ekins, Paul, ed. The Living Economy: A New Economics in the Making. New York: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1986. Derived from two years’ work of The Other Economic Summit (TOES).
Elgin, Duane. Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life that is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich. New York: William Morrow, 1981.
Gorz, Andre. Ecology as Politics. Boston: South End Press, 1980.
Henderson, Hazel. The Politics of the Solar Age. New York: Anchor-Doubleday, 1981.
Hess, Karl. Community Technology. New York: Harper & Row, 1979.
Kazis, Richard, and Richard Grossman. Fear at Work: Job Blackmail, Labor, and the Environment. Princeton, N.J.: Pilgram Press, 1982.
Lappe, Frances Moore, and Joseph Collins. Food First. Boston: Houghton & Mifflin, 1977. A classic test on food, hunger, and the myth of overpopulation.
Le Guin, Ursula. Always Coming Home. New York: Harper and Row, 1985 (paperback: Bantam, 1987). An anthropological novel of ecotopia by the respected science fiction writer.
McAllister, Pam, ed. Reweaving the Web of Life: Feminism and Nonviolence.
Philadelphia: New Society Publisher, 1982.
McLaughlin, Corinne, and Gordon Davidson. Builders of the Dawn: Community Lifestyles in a Changing World. Shutesbury, Mass.: Sirius Publishing. Available form Sirius Educational Materials, Baker Rd., Shutesbury, MA 01072.
Merchant, Carolyn. The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology, and the Scientific Revolution. New York: Harper & Row, 1980.
Milbrath, Lester W. Environmentalists: Vanguard for a New Society. Albany, N.Y.: SUNY at Albany Press, 1984.
Mische, Patricia. Towards a Human World Order. New York: Global Education Associates.
Mohawk Nation. Basic Call to Consciousness. 3d revised edition. Akwesasne Notes, 1986. Available from Akwesasne Notes (Mohawk Nation, via Rooseveltown, NY 13683).
Morrison, Roy, We Build the Road As We Travel. Philadelphia: New Society Publishers 1991. Analysis of the Mondragon cooperatives in Spain.
Reece, Ray. The Sun Betrayed: A Report on the Corporate Seizure of the U.S. Solar Energy Development. Boston: South End Press, 1979.
Rifkin, Jeremy. Entropy: Into the Greenhouse World. New York: Bantam, 1989.
Sale, Kirkpatrick. Dwellers in the Land: The Bioregional Vision. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1985.
Schumacher, E.F. Small Is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered. New York; Harper & Row, 1973.
Tobias, Michael, ed. Deep Ecology. San Diego, Calif.: Avant Books, 1984.
Todd, Nancy J., and John Todd. Bioshelters, Ocean Arks, City Farming: Ecology as the Basis of Design. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1984.
Wachtel, Paul L. The Poverty of Affluence: A Psychological Portrait of the American Way of Life. Philadelphia: New Society Publishers, 1989.
Earth First! Journal
Journal of the radical environmentalist movement. $25/six issues.
(520) 620-6900 P.O. Box 3023, Tucson, AZ 85702-3021
Green Horizon Quarterly
$20/year. GHM, PO Box 476, Topsham, ME 04086
Green Pages is the official publication of record of the Green Party of the
“promoting the design of sustainable human communities and
thriving regenerative ecosystems.” $23/four issues.
The Permaculture Activist,
PO Box 5516, Bloomington, IN 47407 USA
“A Magazine of Green Social Thought.” $15 /four issues.
WD Press, P.O. Box 300275, St. Louis, MO 63130
“The best of the alternative press.” Published bimonthly. $29.95/year.
Ogden Publications, Inc., 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, Kansas 66609-1265
Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions.” $24/four issues
published by the Positive Futures Network,
284 Madrona Way NE, Ste 116, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110-