Green Branch is a new project, in development since 2008, and now readying to open our doors. Grounded in a firm commitment to social justice and righting the inequities that permeate our society, we believe in starting with education and empowering our youth. We are a group of teachers, parents, social workers and activists who know the power of the written word to educate, empower, and mobilize for change.
Green Branch is a social justice library for the children and youth of the San Francisco Bay Area. It is a dynamic space that takes the traditional model of a public library, open to all, and injects it with new life for a new generation of readers.
We will provide three key resources:
1. A wide range of books, journals, and audiovisual materials addressing issues of social justice, the environment, and community organizing, chosen with today's urban youth in mind.
2. Ongoing trainings, workshops, resources and tools that support and foster youth activism for progressive and radical social change.
3. A warm and inviting central meeting space, conducive to brainstorming and networking, which will act as a hub for social change and environmental groups around the area to connect, enabling a new generation of community change-makers to flourish.
Green Branch is a simple idea with a potentially major impact: strengthening and reigniting in children an interest in books by providing culturally relevant reading materials, strengthening existing activism, and inspiring a new generation of social justice activists to engage in their communities from an early age.
Green Branch will provide access to books and programming whose content reflects the diversity of the Bay Area's youth population, and which expands children's knowledge of a global community. Recognizing that everyone brings their own unique experiences to the library, we look forward to learning from each other in this safe space for dialogue.
Issues that we cover with our wide range of books, audio-visuals, and workshops include:
* Ethnicity, identity, immigrant life, Diaspora, and assimilation.
* Environmentalism, animal rights, and stewardship of the Earth.
* Tools for activism, community engagement, and movement-building.
* Feminism, LGBT rights, civil liberties and other current social movements.
* Globalization and global human rights.
* Building healthy, smart growth communities: exploring alternatives in health, transportation, industry, finance and government.
* Prison-industrial complex, capitalism, militarism and other oppressive forces.
* War and peace studies.
* Youth of all ages and their families and care-givers.
* Home-schooling and un-schooling communities.
* Classroom field trips.
* Educators. We have designed themed curriculum kits and trainings in order to bring these hard-to-access themes into the classroom. It is a huge benefit to our children, and we want to make the job (pesky CA content standards and all!) easier for you, our over-worked and underpaid heroes!