It is with great sadness the NYU Press notes the passing of one of our authors, Luke Cole, who was killed on Friday, June 6, 2009 in a car accident in Uganda. With co-author Shelia Foster, Luke wrote the now classic From the Ground Up: Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement (Critical America Series) for NYU Press in 2001. The book is now considered a classic on environmental justice and racism and has long been a staple book for environmental studies classics. A graduate from Harvard Law School, Luke was also the founder of the Center for Race, Poverty and the Environment, based in San Francisco and represented many low-income communities and workers in their fight against environmental hazards.
We mourn his loss.
–Ilene Kalish, Executive Editor, NYU Press
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