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Announcement :: Environment
Dam Nation: Dispatches from the Water Underground
21 Jun 2007
Modified: 05:49:15 PM
Lucy Parsons Center
Friday, June 22, 2007
7:00 pm

About the event:
Editors Cleo Woelfle-Erskine and July Oscar Cole and illustrator Annie Danger will be at the Lucy Parsons Center to talk about their recently released anthology DAM NATION: DISPATCHES FROM THE WATER UNDERGROUND. An informal and open-floor discussion will follow.
About the book:
Edited by Cleo Woelfle-Erskine, July Oskar Cole, and Laura Allen
Illustrated by Annie Danger

Part radical history of water, part DIY guide to sustainable technologies, DAM NATION brings together hundreds of national and international projects,organizations, and strategies in an analysis of water’s history with the active fight for its future.

DAM NATION teaches readers:
- How corrupt water policy led to bloody battles during the settlement of the American West
- How to reuse household water to create lush gardens
- How a Michigan town being drained by the Nestle Corporation is
fighting to block water privatization nationwide
- How to build a composting toilet and a pedal-powered washing machine
- How residents jump-started municipal eco-projects in such diverse locales as Tijuana; Mexico City; Zimbabwe; and Arcata, CA
- How a “protest village” in Thailand and a neighborhood association in Louisiana both beat dam expansion with grassroots organizing

- How to cultivate a pond filled with edible and mosquito repelling plants
- How Native Americans organized cross-culturally, leading Scottish shareholders to stand up for tribal salmon rights
- And much more!

An investigation into the political economy and environmental impact of water consumption, DAM NATION also brings readers easy, cheap, and thought-provoking ways to join the “water underground” themselves.

Advanced Praise for DAM NATION
"A sweeping overview of water use issues. Dam Nation is an accessible and energizing resource for the next generation of activists and radical plumbers."

“Water, water everywhere, and all of it controlled. This collection is essential reading for anyone -- no, EVERYONE -- in the least interested, not only in the prospects for human liberation, but survival itself.”
—Ward Churchill

“As the world faces a water crisis, this collection of thoughtful
essays, illuminating profiles, and personal narratives, is interwoven with constructive, practical suggestions that range from harvesting rainwater to installing composting toilets. DAM NATION is a call to action, a conservation manifesto to create a movement one person at time.”
—Robert Glennon, author of WATER FOLLIES: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America's Fresh Waters

"The politics of water -- as this brilliant anthology makes
clear -- are the politics of human survival. Read this, and believe me, you'll never flush with the same equanimity again." —Mike Davis, author of CITY OF QUARTZ, DEAD CITIES, and most recently PLANET OF SLUMS

About the Editors:
CLEO WOELFLE-ERSKINE grew up in the filled-in marshes and concrete-channeled rivers in a faulted basin on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. He left Los Angeles to study traditional agriculture and water harvesting in the Rio Grande Valley then moved to yet other filled-in marshes edging the San Francisco Bay.
He edited URBAN WILDS: Gardeners’ Stories of the Struggle for Land and Justice, and wrote SINK OR SWIM: A History of Sausal Creek. His work has appeared in ColorLines, Clamor, LiP, the Earth First! Journal, and That’s Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation. He lives in a houseboat on the San Pable Bay.

JULY OSKAR COLE learned to swim in the TVA lakes of Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee, and to identify wild plants in the forests of the Cumberland Plateau. Displaced from Appalachia, he learned most of the rest in the deserts of the U.S. Southwest: philosophy and astronomy in the Sangre de Cristo foothills, alternative building and the “charco”-style greywater practices in the Rio Grande bosque, and more things than can be listed in the Basin and Range territory. July now works as a poet, editor, journalist, and bookseller in Oakland, California. His work has been published in ColorLines magazine and in the 2006 Best Gay Erotica anthology.

LAURA ALLEN lives in the Bay Area and is an active gardener,
elementary school teacher and aspiring inventor. Co-author of the notorious GUERRILLA GREYWATER GIRLS GUIDE TO WATER, she has been scheming and constructing greywater systems throughout the north coast for the last eight years. Her writings can also be
found in URBAN WILDS: Gardeners’ Atories of the Struggle for Land and Justice, Clamor, and Home Power magazine.

Illustrator ANNIE DANGER lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is, among many things, an environmental illustrator, a guerrilla greywater girls, a tattoo artist, and a financial manager.
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