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‘A GARDEN INCLOSED IS MY SISTER’: ECOFEMINISM AND ECO-VALENCES

In Rhode Island, the environmental group Save the Bay has long been at the forefront of campaigns to clean up and preserve Narragansett Bay. The group has spearheaded efforts to enforce restrictions on industrial waste disposal and has supported extensive research into the effects of this waste on the bay.2 Although Save the Bay’s efforts have resulted in concrete improvements for certain Rhode Islanders (quahoggers, for example, have been able to harvest quahog beds that have been closed for years due to contamination), its political interests and projects seem to be remote from the political struggles occurring in working-class and poor communities in Rhode Island, many of whose constituents are Latino, African-American and Asian-American.