It has been two years since I began this anthology. During this time I received valuable assistance, comments, and suggestions from numerous individuals, groups, and organizations. This book addresses topics that touch the lives of millions of individuals who are affected by environmental problems. I am especially grateful to the contributors who conducted research and prepared essays for this project. Their persistence, patience, and goodwill were key to bringing this book to fruition. Without the help of these friends and others who shared their stories with us, this project would have been impossible.
I offer special appreciation to the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Fund for Research for Dispute Resolution, and the Ford Foundation for their financial support. The Ford grant was critical in commissioning papers from leading environmental justice scholars and activists.
I am also grateful for the support we received from Robin Whittington and the staff in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside, for wordprocessing assistance, editing, indexing, and other work to keep the project on schedule. Conrad Miller's copyediting also proved invaluable. Finally, thanks go out to Steve Chase, my able editor at South End Press, whose enthusiasm and labor led to the final publication of this book.