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Flyers from La Raza

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Hello,

In preparation for our upcoming documentary premier, we’ve been combing through our Chican@ Movement collection. Check out these new arrivals, click here to see the whole collection.

And please join us on Saturday August 12th at 4pm for the Bay Area premier of Symbols of Resistance at the Roxie Theater!! Get your tickets here.

peace Nathaniel

Created by the San Patricio Corps Solidarity Organization Flyer for talk by Gabino Gomez on work of CDP in Mexico (front) Flyer for talk by Gabino Gomez on work of CDP in Mexico (back) Created by the New Movement in Solidarity With the Mexican Revolution (front) Created by the New Movement in Solidarity With the Mexican Revolution (back) Flyer citing repression against the Left in Mexico (front) Flyer citing repression against the Left in Mexico (back) Created by the New Movement in Solidarity With the Mexican Revolution
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Created by the New Movement in Solidarity With the Mexican Revolution (front)

 

Robert and Mabel Williams Preservation Project

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Radio Free Dixie Poster

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During our recent trip to Detroit we began to assess and plan the preservation of Robert, Mabel and John Williams’ artifacts, papers, audio and video materials and more. Here are some pictures of a couple of the amazing artifacts we were able to engage. We’ve already done sizable work around preserving the legacy of both Robert and Mabel, and this current effort continues a long political and personal relationship with the family.

Portrait of Robert and Mabel Williams

Spending time in the Williams family home in Baldwin, MI was an amazing experience. Seeing the family’s thousands of books, sorting canisters of Black and White 16mm film from China and organizing boxes of correspondence and personal papers not only allowed me to see an enormous wealth of history, but also to get a glimpse of the personal side of Robert and Mabel, often unseen in documentaries or written about in books. We are truly grateful to Lisa Williams for her constant guidance, support and love. Stay tuned for further updates on our work to preserve the Williams family’s legacy including assisting in releasing a three memoirs (Robert, Mabel and John); a complete set of transcripts and recordings of Radio Free Dixie and a complete reprint of the Crusader newsletter. You can check out our archival collection here.

-Nathaniel

Protest the US Post Office Ban Against the Crusader Stamp

Baldwin, MI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activist Archiving 101

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During our recent trip to Detroit, we collaborated with Sine Hwang Jensen, librarian at the UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Library, to present a session at the 19th annual Allied Media Conference entitled Activist Archiving 101. Held every summer in Detroit, the Allied Media Conference brings together a vibrant and diverse community of people using media to incite change: filmmakers, radio producers, technologists, youth organizers, writers, cultural artists and more.

 

Our session was intended to empower activists to be stewards of their and/or organizational archives and share basic tools, strategies and resources that already exist that we can draw from to ensure that future generations will have access to our ideas, materials, experiences and lessons. Important conversations around the importance of human relationships and accountability to our communities, blurring the line between documentation and journalism and corporate control of social media made for a vibrant and engaging session. We were thrilled to be joined by over 50 people clearly demonstrating that documentation and the legacy of our movements is something many people are thinking about.

You can find tools, resources, principles from our session on activist archiving and more HERE. More from our trip to Detroit soon!

Also, if you haven’t gotten a chance to donate to our summer fundraising campaign, please take a moment and help us continue the important work we do. Your SUPPORT makes all this possible.

-Nathaniel

Grassroots Organizing for Change

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Hello there! My name is Jesse Escalante and I am a 21 year old student at San Francisco State University majoring in Sociology and Dance. This past semester I took Grassroots Organizing for Change in Communities of Color that focused on what it actually means to organize and the work that goes into it. One of the requirements was to volunteer at a local grassroots organization. Each week, we had guest speakers from various local organizations speak of their work and how it related to our class material. This is how I first heard of the Freedom Archives and with the help of my professor; I began to volunteer with them.

During my time at Freedom Archives, I added to the collection on control units and super-max prisons, specifically focusing on ADX Florence in Colorado. During this project, I was able to explore the archives and engage with various materials regarding control units (used inter-changeably with super-max) and ADX Florence. I read articles, interviews, letters from prisoners and accessed various media resources, such as video and audio files, which furthered my knowledge about the history of super-max prisons. By the end of my project, I not only had a better grasp of the work Freedom Archives does, but also more information into the use of control units.

Volunteering with Freedom Archives has given me an insight into what it means to be a grassroots organization. Although the work done here is vastly different than the work done in some large non-profit organizations, it still has an impact. Since my internship, I have been able to reflect upon my own K-12 educations compared to college.  I had never even heard the term “super-max prisons” until my internship. Now, I have a better understanding of the ways in which control unit prisons repress movements, torture those locked inside them and isolate people from their community and family. All this information is accessible through their website. Freedom Archives is providing a service greatly needed, especially in a political climate like now. I have benefited from their work and I know others will too. If you’d like to make a donation to support the work of the Freedom Archives, you can do it here.

-Jesse

No Justice No Peace

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Hello,

This clip is taken from a 1988 speech by Ahmed Obafemi of the New Afrikan People’s Organization in San Francisco. Obafemi speaks of the death of Michael Griffith, a Black youth murdered in a racist attack in Howard Beach, New York., and how the Black community came together following Michael’s murder.

 

Learn more about New Afrikan politics here.

No Justice, No Peace!

-Nathaniel

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