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Life without LeadContamination, Crisis, and Hope in Uruguay$
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Daniel Renfrew

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520295469

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520295469.001.0001

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La Teja Shall Sing

La Teja Shall Sing

(p.83) Three La Teja Shall Sing
Life without Lead

Daniel Renfrew

University of California Press

This chapter explores how long-time neighborhood activists helped build the CVSP into the nation’s most significant environmental-justice movement by mobilizing the radical histories, strong place attachment, and “socially thick” landscape of community organizing in the working-class neighborhood of La Teja. It examines the role of La Teja’s community media, the environmental-education efforts of teachers at a local special-needs school, and children’s creative-art projects in raising awareness of neighborhood lead poisoning and generating critical environmental consciousness. The chapter conveys the spirit and poetics of murga, a popular musical theater genre of Carnival. In paralleling the poetic structure of murga, the chapter seeks to capture the inventive, narrative, hopeful, and performative dimensions of environmental-justice movements.

Keywords:   environmental justice, neighborhoods, place, community organizing, performativity, community media, environmental education, children, murga, Carnival

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