GRIID offers fall classes: Radical Sustainability and A History of Social Movements

OKT collaborative partner, The Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy (GRIID) offers two 8-week classes this fall; both are relevant to the environmental justice movement.

A History of US Social Movements explores the rich history of social justice movements in the US.

Using Howard Zinn’s book, A People’s History of the United States,it covers the Abolitionist movement, the Civil Rights movement, the US labor movement and many other movements over the past century. Virtually all of the social progress we have made in the US has been due to these powerful movements and not elections.

A History of US Social Movements will be held on Mondays from 6 – 8pm, starting September 17.

The second class, Radical Sustainability, looks at the current environmental crisis, critique the response by Green Capitalism and explore tactical and strategic ways to resist the destruction of species, forests, oceans and the crisis of global warming.

This class will also look at what is happening in West Michigan so as to put a local framework around how we respond to mountaintop coal mining, fracking, industrial pollution, transportation and agribusiness.

The Radical Sustainability class will be using the book Deep Green Resistance and meet on Wednesday nights from 6 – 8pm, starting September 19.

Both classes are $20 (not including the cost of the books), but we will not turn people away for lack of funds.

Classes will be held in one of the community rooms at the Steepletown Center at 671 Davis NW in Grand Rapids. To sign up for the class send an e-mail to