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NYSCADV’s approach to primary prevention combines public health principles, domestic violence movement based social change theory and community organizing principles, and an analysis of the interconnectedness of oppressions – sexism, racism, heterosexism, classism, adultism, ableism, etc. – to frame the complexity of domestic violence and develop strategies to prevent it. Grounded in an analysis of domestic violence that is premised on sexism and other forms of oppression exemplified by social constructs that prioritize categories of people, and results in unequal access to power and resources and the objectification of women and other oppressed groups, the NYSCADV Prevention Model fosters creative strategies for community organizing and locally tailored initiatives while maintaining core principles about domestic violence in the social ecology.


Adultism by Paul Kivel -  We can be strong and powerful adult allies to the young people we know if we can shift our emphasis from raising their self-esteem to increasing their power. That, in turn, will allow the exuberance, insight, and creativity of young people to contribute to bettering all our lives.

Are You Mentoring For Social Justice? by Paul Kivel - An article about mentoring for social justice - about not just helping those who are younger or less fortunate get ahead, but a challenge to those who are older to take responsibility to help younger people become more effective participants in an inter-generational web of people working to rebuild their communities based on values of respect, inclusion, healing, equity, love, and social justice.

In The Service Of What? The Politics Of Service Learning by Joseph Kahne and Joel Westheimer - Drawing on our yearlong study of two dozen K-12 teachers who took part in a university-based effort to promote service learning in area schools, we propose a conceptual scheme that highlights different rationales for service learning. Our goal is not to replace consensus with conflict, but rather to point out the various ideological, political, and social goals that can be promoted by service learning activities in schools.

White Privilege: Unpacking The Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh - American feminist and activist, Peggy McIntosh, explores the power of white privilege. To prove this power, McIntosh writes out a list of daily effects of white privilege in her life, including never being asked to speak on behalf of all people in a particular racial group, easily renting or purchasing housing, and the ability to swear, dress in second-hand clothes, or not answer letters without having people attribute these choices to race. Once these advantages are acknowledged, however, McIntosh questions what to do with this knowledge. How can people in positions of power dismantle the very systems that empower them? How can we become increasingly aware of our own privilege and the privilege (or lack thereof) of others? How do we transfer power to those who are different than us? These are some of the many questions that McIntosh inspires.



Pedagogy Of The Oppressed by Paulo Freire - First published in Portuguese in 1968, Pedagogy of the Oppressed was translated and published in English in 1970. The methodology of the late Paulo Freire has helped to empower countless impoverished and illiterate people throughout the world. Freire's work has taken on especial urgency in the United States and Western Europe, where the creation of a permanent underclass among the underprivileged and minorities in cities and urban centers is increasingly accepted as the norm. With a substantive new introduction on Freire's life and the remarkable impact of this book by writer and Freire confidant and authority Donaldo Macedo, this anniversary edition of Pedagogy of the Oppressed will inspire a new generation of educators, students, and general readers for years to come. For more information, visit

Pedagogy And The Politics Of Hope: Theory, Culture, And Schooling by Henry Giroux - Henry A. Giroux is one of the most respected and well-known critical education scholars, social critics, and astute observers of popular culture in the modern world. For those who follow his considerably influential work in critical pedagogy and social criticism, this first-ever collection of his classic writings, augmented by a new essay, is a must-have volume that reveals his evolution as a scholar. In it, he takes on three major considerations central to pedagogy and schooling.



Visit The People’s Institute For Survival And Beyond, a national and international collective of anti-racist, multicultural community organizers and educators dedicated to building an effective movement for social transformation. The People’s Institute, through training, technical assistance and consultations helps individuals, communities, organizations and institutions move beyond addressing the symptoms of racism to undoing the causes of racism so as to create a more just and equitable society.

Visit Paul Kivel's Website for a variety of social justice, community organizing and anti-oppression resources, particularly for working with youth. Paul Kivel, social justice educator, activist, and writer, has been an innovative leader in violence prevention for more than 35 years. He is an accomplished trainer and speaker on men's issues, racism and diversity, challenges of youth, teen dating and family violence, raising boys to manhood, and the impact of class and power on daily life. Paul has developed highly effective participatory and interactive methodologies for training youth and adults in a variety of settings. His work gives people the understanding to become involved in social justice work and the tools to become more effective allies in community struggles to end oppression and injustice and to transform organizations and institutions.