About Race, Poverty and the Environment

Project Director & Editor: Jess Clarke

Web Editor and Designer: Christine Joy Ferrer

Associate Editor: Merula Furtado

Writer & Organizer: Marcy Rein

Contributing Editor: Preeti Shekar

Contributing Editor: Bob Allen

Contributing Editor: Eric Arnold

RP&E is an essential tool for research in environmental justice history and a window into the future for progressive organizers nationwide. Annual subscriptions are available for $45 for individuals and $90 for institutions. An archive of Race, Poverty & the Environment back issues from 1990-present is available online, in print and on a CD.  

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The print journal and its web edition intend to continue this tradition and invite you to send letters to the editor or articles for consideration for print and web to: reimaginerpe [at] gmail.com or by postal mail to,


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Project Director & Editor Jess Clarke was the editor and art director of RP&E Journal at Urban Habitat (2005-13). He has been creating community-based media since the 1980s when he conducted workshops for the homeless, low-income immigrants, seniors, and youth at San Francisco's Tenderloin Recreation and Education Center (TREC). Clarke was a California Arts Council artist-in-residence at Media Alliance (1999-2001) and editor of their award-winning publication MediaFile (1998-2004).


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Reimagine! RP&E

The editorial goals for Reimagine! RP&E are being developed in collaboration with community-based organizations, and media and nonprofit workers in the reimagine network. We welcome participation from writers and organizers committed to using a race, class and gender analysis in their work.

Reimagine RP&E Editorial Groups are listed below with the relevant editorial contact.

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Tribute to Luke Cole

What is it that you most remember about Luke Cole?
It is strange to me that one of the strongest images I have of Luke Cole is of him giving one of the most brilliant lectures I ever heard on environmental justice, to my class on race and poverty at the University of California, Berkeley. When Luke presented his case to a classroom filled with African American, Asian American, Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander, and a small group of white students, was it nothing short of breathtaking.

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Luke Cole: An Undying Legacy

A tragic car accident in Uganda on June 6, 2009 led to the death of Luke Cole, co-founder and editor emeritus of Race, Poverty, and the Environment journal. Two days before the fatal incident, Luke Cole and his wife, Nancy Shelby, witnessed a wild leopard appear on the side of the road in Uganda. The leopard began walking towards their vehicle. Luke turned the ignition off. A little nervous, they wondered if they should roll their car windows up. The leopard sauntered past. They marveled at their first sight of such a magnificent creature.

“Our life together was an adventure,” says Shelby. “He expanded my boundaries, opened my eyes to things, places, and ideals I would have never otherwise seen or known. And he did the same for all the hundreds of lives he’s touched.”

Luke was an outstanding environmental justice lawyer who won many cases, set precedent, and built the environmental justice movement. He litigated on behalf of farm workers in the Central Valley who dealt with toxic plumes of pesticides blowing off the fields into their homes; and for an impoverished New Jersey black community suffering from high levels of exposure to dangerous pollutants. His legal victories shut down California’s dairy farm industry until it figured out a better way to dispose of its wastes; stopped the construction of toxic waste incinerators; and more recently, ended the pollution of an Alaskan village’s drinking water. He sued ExxonMobil, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell, and over a dozen power and coal companies for contributing to global warming.

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