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GRIID Fall 2012 Classes

August 13, 2012

The Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy will be offering two classes this fall, both of which we think are important an timely.

The first class is A History of US Social Movements, an 8 – week class that will explore the rich history of social justice movements in the US.

Using Howard Zinn’s book, A People’s History of the United States, we will explore the Abolitionist movement, the Civil Rights movement, the US labor movement and many other movements over the past century.

Howard Zinn himself, would argue that 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 we are offering is entitled Radical Sustainability. This class is designed to look 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

6 Comments leave one →
  1. ptd permalink
    August 14, 2012 11:25 am

    “The Radical Sustainability class will be using the book Deep Green Resistance”

    This is a serious question: why are you using this book?

  2. dtp permalink
    August 15, 2012 1:02 am

    Is there something wrong with it?

    (also a serious question)

  3. ptd permalink
    August 15, 2012 11:57 am

    I’m still want to know why they chose to use Deep Green Resistance. Can you explain it to me?

  4. dtp permalink
    August 16, 2012 2:51 am


  5. ptd permalink
    August 17, 2012 11:41 am

    chirp, chirp, chirp


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