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Waste : one woman's fight against America's dirty secret / Catherine Coleman Flowers ; foreword by Bryan Stevenson.

Flowers, Catherine Coleman, (author.). Stevenson, Bryan, (writer of foreword.).

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  • ISBN: 9781620977132
  • ISBN: 1620977133
  • ISBN: 9781620976081
  • ISBN: 1620976080
  • Physical Description: xi, 208 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: [New York] : New Press, 2022.

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Summary, etc.:
Catherine Coleman Flowers, a 2020 MacArthur "genius," grew up in Lowndes County, Alabama, a place that's been called "Bloody Lowndes" because of its violent, racist history. Once the epicenter of the voting rights struggle, today it's Ground Zero for a new movement that is also Flowers's life's work -- a fight to ensure human dignity through a right most Americans take for granted: basic sanitation. Too many people, especially the rural poor, lack an affordable means of disposing cleanly of the waste from their toilets and, as a consequence, live amid filth. Flowers calls this America's dirty secret. In this "powerful and moving book" (Booklist), she tells the story of systemic class, racial, and geographic prejudice that foster Third World conditions not just in Alabama, but across America, in Appalachia, Central California, coastal Florida, Alaska, the urban Midwest, and on Native American reservations in the West. In this inspiring story of the evolution of an activist, from country girl to student civil rights organizer to environmental justice champion at Bryan Stevenson's Equal Justice Initiative, Flowers shows how sanitation is becoming too big a problem to ignore as climate change brings sewage to more backyards -- not only those of poor minorities.
Awards Note:
The Studs and Ida Terkel Award
Subject: Flowers, Catherine Coleman.
Sewage disposal > United States.
Sanitation > United States.
Poor > Health and hygiene > United States.
Public health > United States.
Environmental justice > United States.
Environmental policy > United States.
United States > Environmental conditions.
Eaux usées > Évacuation > États-Unis.
Salubrité publique > États-Unis.
Pauvres > Santé et hygiène > États-Unis.
Santé publique > États-Unis.
Justice environnementale > États-Unis.
Environnement > Politique gouvernementale > États-Unis.
Environmental justice.
Environmental policy.
Poor > Health and hygiene.
Public health.
Sewage disposal.
United States.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Burlington Public Library 363.7284 FLOWERS 2022 39851001712166 New Non-fiction Available -

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