Right To Know
Right To Know is an interactive web-based initiative whose main goal is to create a collaborative of activists, artists, scholars, community members, and youth leaders invested in promoting environmental justice, health equity, and human rights.
The specific aims of Right To Know are:
(1) To engage minority youth from low-income neighborhoods in online community asset mapping using Google Earth and Google Maps in order to identify local resources, including important leaders as well as community organizations.
(2) To train community members in participatory research action in order to study the possible correlations between environmental hazards and health disparities, in particular the relationship between chemical toxins released by power and petroleum plants and cancer and respiratory incidence.
(3) To create online Right To Know materials starting with (a) interactive map-making online, (b) video production, and (c) open theater and dance, in order to help community organizations develop successful educational programs.
This interactive map reveals California's top polluting facilities.
Take a self-guided critical audio tour along Interstate 5 between San Francisco and Los Angeles and hear stories of people and communities fighting for environmental justice.
This original Zine series is part of the 7th Annual SFSU Human Rights Summit – Survival Rx: Knowledge for Health Equity, published by the SFSU Bookstore in association with Pegasus Books in Oakland, addressing the topics of Water, Food, Peace, Indigenous Peoples, and Prisons. Featured here on RTK for download is A Piece on Peace.
Book of the Week
Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, by Reecca Solnit,
Maps can show much more than highways and landmarks as Solnit illustrates in Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas. Solnit collected 22 different maps of San Francisco that all present different dimensions of the city. These maps are not created to guide someone physically through the city, but to prompt the reader to think about the city in an emotional, nostalgic, or historical light, among other contexts.