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The Movement Newspaper

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Hello everyone,

My name is Chris and over the past month I’ve been working as an intern at the Freedom Archives. I’m excited to announce its collection of the Movement Newspaper has recently undergone a comprehensive update, allowing for greater search-ability  from issue to issue. We hope that these changes makes pinpointing the periodicals that would prove to be the most useful for your needs easier to find!

The Movement Newspaper was published by SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) and helped inform people of the many different struggles against oppression happening globally. Initially, the paper served to keep West Coast SNCC members of the organization up to speed on the civil rights movement and voter registration work in the South. Over time, the themes present in the newspaper  evolved, and the scope of topics expanded to cover worker’s rights, Black liberation, political prisoners, anti-Imperialist efforts, global protest movements, government repression, state violence among a multitude of other themes.

 

I was especially struck by the richness of the collection, the paper is an excellent firsthand source filled with articles, editorials and speeches written by pioneers of and the people within the struggle. The Movement provides not only insight into the factors and issues that people have historically fought back against, but the newspaper itself illuminates the strategies and actions taken by organizers within the movements. The theories and experiences that shaped the identity of their resistance are presented in their own words.

The Movement Newspaper

For those interested in a comprehensive political education spanning multiple movements and themes; I highly recommend checking it out!!

-Chris

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

The Quarterly Journal of Revolutionary Afroamerica

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Greetings,

Since our last post we’ve been hard at work and we’re excited to announce the completion of nine fully digitized Soulbooks! Soulbook was a periodical beginning in 1964 that featured essays, poems, reflections, cartoons, and other artistic works intended to further the liberation of Black peoples. Internationalist in scope, major topics of focus included jazz, poetry, economics and anti-imperialism. Some of the most interesting writers, poets and artists of the Black Arts Movement contributed to Soulbook and for those interested in the cultural side of the Black Liberation Movement, these are must sees! Click here for our collection.

-Nathaniel

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