Category Archives: Freedom Archives Productions

Resistance to Forced Sterilization Curriculum

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sterilization thumbnailHello,

We’re excited to announce the release of a curriculum focused on historical and contemporary resistance to forced sterilizations. This project was conceived and started in 2014 by intern Teeanna Munro as an educational resource to connect forced sterilizations in California’s prisons to historical uses of the practice in Black, Native American and Puerto Rican communities. The curriculum contains audio and paper archival materials from the Freedom Archives and includes activities that incorporate and develop different skill sets, such as critical thinking, active reading, active listening and expository or persuasive essay writing, all with the intention of deepening understanding of this recent history and its lessons.

We have created this curriculum in order to provide historical context for forced sterilization, illuminate the voices of those directly affected by forced sterilization, and generate community discussion and activism around women’s liberation and reproductive justice. You can download the free curriculum and resource guide and check out our entire archival collection on forced sterilization here.

We would also like to thank Vera Tykulsker and Carli Lowe for their invaluable contributions to this resource.

peace Nathaniel

ps. We’d love to hear about your experiences using this curriculum. Please send comments and feedback to info@freedomarchives.org.

The Other September 11th

Today marks the 42nd anniversary of the bloody CIA-backed military coup that toppled the popularly-elected government in Chile. This bloody day would usher in  decades of abductions, torture and murder under the military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet that sought to eliminate any resistance, either tactical or philosophical, to its violent reign. By the time Pinochet lost power in 1990, causalities included well known names like President Salvador Allende and musician and poet Victor Jara as well as tens of thousands students, artists, writers and other proponents of liberation.

In honor of those who lost their lives to violence and repression, the Freedom Archives has compiled a short list of integral footage, recordings and articles that provide context behind the bloody day as well as firsthand accounts of individuals who witnessed the events firsthand. Check out our interview from Isabel Allende from 2013. Spanish version here.

From the Berkeley Barb:

The Coup and the Gringos (1975)

Audio Documentary:

Chile: The Promise of Freedom Part 1

Chile: The Promise of Freedom Part 2

You can check out our entire collection on Chile here.

-Chris

Recent Outreach Updates

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Zine created and published by Brenda Montaño

Greetings,

This past week has been a busy one for the Archives! Please consider making a donation (on our blog) or here to help the archives continue to remain grounded in the community and conduct outreach programs such as these:

Asian Pacific American Library Association Conference at USF: We presented at the Building Bridges with Organizations Community Session which brought together a wide range of community organizations and Asian American librarians from all over the country. The session provided us an opportunity to showcase our resources, meet with potential collaborators in the Asian American community, and forge connections with libraries, information centers, and other organizations.

UC Berkeley Debate Camp: We visited a high school policy debate camp at UC Berkeley to talk with students about this upcoming year’s topic which is about curtailing domestic surveillance. We watched COINTELPRO 101 to provide students with a robust historical context on the issue of government surveillance and discussing the political stakes of domestic surveillance beyond individualistic privacy rights. After the documentary we split into breakout groups to further engage certain topics and get feedback from the students. The discussions were wonderful and the students were able to connect issues such as Stop and Frisk, TSA searches and Islamophobia to larger issues of counter-insurgency and state repression.

When Freedom Becomes Responsibility- Collecting Stories of Xican@ Resistance in Colorado: A former intern, colleague and comrade Brenda Montaño debuted her zine highlighting her experiences working with us in Colorado on our upcoming documentary on the Xican@ student movement. Lots of great stuff in this zine!!! To purchase her work search SING YOUR LIFE LITERATURE PRODUCTS on etsty.com.

-Nathaniel

La Lucha Continua : The Struggle Continues

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Greetings,

Sifting through the archives today, I came across our La Lucha Continua collection which contains audio clips used in the La Lucha Continua Talking Mural (3260 23rd St. in San Francisco). At the mural, viewers can dial a number and enter an extension associated with each portrait of an important figure, and hear an audio clip by or about the revolutionary. The Freedom Archives collaborated with Susan Greene on this unique and innovative project which was completed in 2009.

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La Lucha Continua Talking Mural located at 3260 23rd St – between Mission and Capp Streets in San Francisco.

Below are three dynamic audio clips from the archives used in the mural. Audre Lorde reading an excerpt from one of her poems “A Litany for Survival”; Judi Bari speaking on how she successfully organized timber workers and Maurice Bishop, a revolutionary leader from Grenada whose New Jewel Movement revolutionized the country before the US invaded the island in 1983.

Audre Lorde:

 

Judi Bari:

 

Maurice Bishop:

 

Check out the entire collection for more audio clips and keep tuned for new and exciting projects!

-Nathaniel

Help Us to Continue Our Work

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Greetings friends,

vietnam 2We’ve had a productive and inspiring past six months with much to share! We helped organize a May 2nd teach-in at MetWest High School in Oakland, entitled “the Spirit of Viet Nam is Stronger than US Bombs.” Close to 200 people participated in the day-long inter-generational and anti-imperialist event which connected the legacy of the Vietnamese victory to challenges facing our communities today. We worked along with activists, youth groups from the Asian diaspora, veterans, and others, as part of the Viet Nam Victory Coalition. As a part of the lead up to the event, we launched an educational webpage featuring significant audio clips from the Archives, an interactive timeline with some short videos and pieces by Ho Chi Minh and General Vo Nguyen Giap. Two examples are below.

Geronimo Ji-Jaga speaking about his experiences in Viet Nam and Detroit:

 

Audio from Chicano Moratorium Press Conference:

 

vietnam 5 The interaction between movement elders and youth activists was a powerful aspect of the day’s activities and definitely strengthened the fabric of resistance in the Bay Area and modeled anti-imperialist solidarity. Its so important to provide opportunities and experiences for young people to gain a more nuanced and robust understanding of the movements, strategies and lessons that shaped the world we live in today. This is the core mission of the Freedom Archives. However, we need your help to continue organizing events, creating educational resources and preserving the voices of the struggle. Your help ensures that the priceless perspectives and experiences are archived and accessible for generations to come. You can contribute here or at our website. Thanks for all of your support!

-Nathaniel

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