Blue and Green provides a detailed account of an important site of struggle in the neo-liberal global economy; the two biggest ports in the United States. According to Scott L. Cummings, “Operating at the leading edge of globalization—at the exact border where the global economy meets local community—the ports are spaces where the unequal costs and benefits of trade and consumption see their most immediate and palpable impact” (341). The communities surrounding the ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach and the workers employed there endure the negative repercussions of globalization in terms of pollution and exploitation. Cummings documents their collective effort to address injustice and ecological degradation.

Port trucking is central to international commerce. Most goods traded around the world pass through a port and need to be trucked to a storage facility. Moving these goods can present ecological hazards for local communities and exploit port workers. For example,...

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