Social Justice Archive

Friday Video for September 16, 2011: Preview of The People Speak

This week’s Friday Video is another film preview. Although we don’t typically feature films that have been produced by more mainstream filmmakers, this video has been getting a lot of discussion this week in the grassroots organizing and social justice circles and is relevant because it does contain a great deal of information about the
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Friday Video: Rerelease of You Got To Move: Stories of Change in the South.

Each Friday on our Facebook page we’ve been posting a video that we’ve come across that explores the intersection of cultural tradition and grassroots action.  It dawned on me that I should also post those videos here for folks who may not be following the blog on facebook. I’ve been seeing several posts lately about
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Working Girl Blues: The Life and Music of Hazel Dickens by Bill C. Malone

At this year’s American Folklore Society conference (something I intend to write more about very soon)my wonderful friends Mike and Rachel Reynolds-Luster surprised me with a belated birthday gift: a paperback copy of Working Girl Blues: The Life and Music of Hazel Dickens (Music in American Life Series, University of Illinois Press, 2008). It’s so
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What’s In the Works ~ The McElroy House: Center for Regional Oral History and Folklife Research

After much thought and time spent wondering where to go from here, I have decided to begin the process of creating a small oral history and folklife research center in my hometown. I have included my plans and ideas for the Center listed at the bottom of this post. I welcome any feedback!
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Myles Horton’s Definition of Participatory Research

Myles Horton is one of my biggest heroes. The founder of the Highlander Folk School, now called the Highlander Research and Education Center, Myles Horton believed in people’s power to change their lives and communities for the better. A true activist and constant learner, Horton put this belief into action when he created Highlander in
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Human Rights Watch Issues Statement Urging Israel to Allow Journalists in Gaza.

Although certainly not all folklorists would argue this is an issue that pertains to our work, I feel denying access to journalists and human rights workers is a human rights violation that pertains to the larger study of folklife on many levels. As folklorists we understand the inherent importance in the documentation of culture. All
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The Zinn Education Project and downloadable copy of The People’s History for the Classroom.

Social Justice educational publishers and organizations Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change have published a middle and high school history curriculum based on Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. A copy is available for free download here. To download a free copy you must agree to respond to a survey and provide
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