Social Justice Archive

“Crossing Borders: From Mexico to U.S.” on Hearing Voices radio program

I was driving last weekend when I came across this Hearing Voices radio program on KABF.  “Crossing Borders: From Mexico to U.S,” originally aired in 2008.  A tale of what immigrants face attempting to cross the border, the program is still just as relevant today in 2012.  This program, like all of the productions by
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“Hand of Man” Video About Mountain Top Removal

The band Magnolia Mountain recently released a video for their song “Hand of Man” about the horrors of Appalachian mountaintop removal.  The song appears on the Music for the Mountains compilation cd, which was released last year (to read about that project go here). According to the band’s web page, the video took about a
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Friday Video: Immokalee: A Story of Slavery and Freedom.

Earlier this week we posted about Yes! Magazine’s Breakthrough Fifteen. One of the people profiled in the issue is Lucas Benitez, a man who helped to form the  Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW).  The Coalition works to fight modern-day slavery in the agricultural industry and organizes for better pay. They operate a low-power radio station, “Radio Conciencia”  as well
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Yes! Magazine’s Breakthrough Fifteen: The Power of Storytelling, Vulnerability, and Community Action.

If you’re a frequent reader of the Boiled Down Juice, you know that Yes! Magazine is one of our favorite publications.  With the tag line  “powerful ideas, practical actions,” Yes! showcases and explores the concepts and people on the front lines of democracy, social innovation, and community action.  Back in November they issued their winter publication,
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Director Sharon La Cruise Discusses the Film, “Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock.

Last week’s Friday Video was a preview of the upcoming film Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock.  Today on the University of Arkansas campus director of the film, Sharon La Cruise, will preset the film and answer questions. Yesterday Ozarks at Large’s Antoinette Grajeda spoke with La Cruise about the making of the film including her
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Happy MLK Day. From the “Riverside” Speech and Nina Simone’s Why? (“The King of Love is Dead.”)

Here are two videos in honor of MLK day. This first video is one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s lesser known speeches speaking out against war and poverty.  Although MLK is talking specifically about the Vietnam War, the message that war is an enemy of the poor, of community, of democracy is just as timely,
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Friday Video: Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock.

I’m super excited about this week’s Friday Video, a trailer for the upcoming film, Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock. Produced by Sharon La Cruise, this film will makes its debut on February 2, 2012 on PBS’s Independent Lens. If you live in Fayetteville, however, you can catch a pre-screening of the film Thursday January 19
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Undocumented Youth Organize for Civil Rights: Recent Story by Zessna Garcia on Ozarks at Large.

A friend recently told me about this Ozarks at Large piece profiling the United We Dream confernece in Texas.  This piece, which aired last Wednesday  and was produced by Ozarks at Large intern Zessna Garcia, details  just a few of the diverse groups which support the DREAM Act, a federal bill which seeks to provide a path
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Happy Birthday to Ella Baker: “Ella’s Song.”

Today would have been freedom fighter and civil rights leader Ella Baker’s birthday.  Thanks so much to Americans Who Tell the Truth who posted this great Sweet Honey in the Rock video  of “Ella’s Song” this morning.  Lyrics below embedded video. Lyrics and music by Bernice Johnson Reagon Sung by Sweet Honey in the Rock We who
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Values, Building, and Occupy: Links to two important recent pieces of media.

Like so many of you, we’ve been following the Occupy movement through its twists, turns, consensus building, and regional variations. In recent days via the Occupy meetup at the American Folklore Society meeting, conversations with activists in urban and rural settings, and doing my best to keep abreast of the discussions and articles floating around
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