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The Multiple Meanings of a Muse

In art, censorship, intellectual freedom on February 14, 2011 at 7:25 am

I was just teaching a student how to find Creative Commons images to spice up a Powerpoint she prepared when I accidentally came across this awesome artistic commentary. 

Thanks John LeMasney for adding your voice to the chorus on the NJ censorship case against my book, Revolutionary Voices. That chorus includes students, actors, lawyers, journalists, librarians, parents, authors, friends and tons of concerned residents. Thanks for all the letters of support!

Following the public conversation about the book’s removal has been an inspiring experience, even as I follow its detractors. Just makes me more committed to creative and intellectual freedom!


Protester Arrested for Using Twitter During G-20

In activism, indy media, information access, social movements on October 7, 2009 at 8:48 am

News to know: Twitter user arrested for using the social broadcast tool during G20 in Pittsburgh, PA. Democracy Now reported this morning in “Twitter Crackdown.” Elliot Madison, New York-based social worker was arrested and later had his home raided for using Twitter to spread information about police actions during the recent G-20 protests in Pittsburgh.

New African Activist Archive at MSU

In activism, archives, racial justice, social movements, special collections on March 2, 2009 at 2:22 pm

aaaprojectThe African Activist Archive Project is preserving records and memories of activism in the United States to support the struggles of African peoples against colonialism, apartheid, and social injustice from the 1950s through the 1990s.

The Project is building an online “people’s archive”including video, photos, written and oral history, documents and artifacts such a buttons and posters. According to the website, “The U.S. African solidarity movement was racially diverse and was a significant part of the broad struggle against racism in the United States. The movement involved many types of organizations across the country, and this project seeks to document as many organizations as possible that participated in activist work in solidarity with African people’s struggles. The geographic focus of activism in the collection is Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe; however, this focus is not exclusive.

This movement offers important lessons about popular organizing for social justice. The anti-apartheid movement of the 1970s-1994, in particular, was unprecedented. Campaigns by community activists, students, faculty, churches, unions, and city, county, and state legislators led to divestment from U.S. companies doing business in South Africa and culminated in passage of the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986 that changed U.S. foreign policy over President Reagan’s veto.”

The archive invites anyone who can help document additional campaigns and organizations to contribute to the website or donate materials to a physical archive.

Get started by browsing here.

Two Special Collections Honor 1968 Anniversary

In activism, archives, art, class, racism, social movements, special collections on December 15, 2008 at 5:05 pm
Univ. of Mich. Labadie Collection Exhibit "The Whole World Was Watching" runs through 1/11/09

Univ. of Mich. Labadie Collection Exhibit "The Whole World Was Watching" runs through 1/11/09

I just finished writing for a new book on multiracial coalition among anti-poverty activists in the 1960s (it’ll be out next winter through Melville House). It considers the unprecedented social change sparked 40 years ago. The book would not have been possible without the devotion of archivists and special collections librarians, along with those activists who shared their stories. Those dedicated archivists and community leaders have put together a number of great 1968 anniversary exhibits this year. Since a few of those exhibits are still running, now’s as good a time as any to go check them out:


"Rising Up Angry & Chicago's Early Rainbow Coalition" at DePaul Univ. through 1/12/09

"Rising Up Angry & Chicago's Early Rainbow Coalition" at DePaul Univ. through 1/12/09

The Chicago Oral History Project of the Center for Latino Research presents:
Radicals in Black & Brown: Pa’lante, People’s Power and Common Cause in the Black Panthers and Young Lords Organization


Rising Up Angry and Chicago’s Early Rainbow Coalition, 1968-1975

Exhibit runs through January 12, 2009
Closing Celebration: January 12, 6pm
Haber Lounge, John T. Richardson Library
DePaul University, 2350 N. Kenmore Ave, Chicago, IL


Julie Herrada of the Labadie Collection (University of Michigan Library) presents:
The Whole World Was Watching: Protest and Revolution in 1968

Exhibit runs until January 11, 2009
Hatcher Graduate Library Room 100
Univ. of Michigan, 920 North University, Ann Arbor, MI

You can also hear more from Julie Herrada and others on 1968 collections by watching video from the UC Berkeley Archives of Dissent. Click here to watch on YouTube.