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Vikki Law & Dan Berger: Conversations in Black Freedom Studies Panel

"From Ferguson to Staten Island, the #blacklivesmatter campaign has put the treatment of Black people in the criminal justice system front and center in public conversation. Police brutality and the unequal treatment of Black people in the criminal justice system have a long history in the United States; as do campaigns to challenge it. Join us for an exciting two-month conversation where we explore this bigger history of mass incarceration; the racial inequalities of policing, prosecution and sentencing; the long history of political prisoners; and the campaigns of resistance built by black communities and prisoners themselves from the civil rights era to today. We are joined by six authors of important books that are must-reads for people interested in the long history of racial inequality and Black resistance in the criminal justice system: Bryan Stevenson; Dan Berger, Vikki Law; Ruth Wilson Gilmore; Laura Whitehorn and Arun Kundnani."

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Buy Vikki Law's Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women
Buy Dan Berger's The Struggle Within: Prisons, Political Prisoners, and Mass Movements in the United States

 Positive Force: An..."informative and inspiring film..." A Starred Review in Library Journal

"This Kickstarter-funded documentary by visual arts professor Bell (Corcoran School of the Arts & Design) traces the history of the Positive Force (PF) radical activist collective's Washington, DC, chapter, shedding light on how the grassroots organization grew to prominence within the 1980s DC punk scene, its aims, its leaders, and why it continues to thrive after three decades. Bell's fast-paced but thorough and well-rounded account combines snippets of grainy live footage of Fugazi and many other bands associated with the PF movement, archival clips of rallies and chapter meetings, and candid, in-depth new interviews with an impressive list of such prominent DC scenesters as outspoken activist Mark Andersen, local music legend Ian MacKaye, and record label manager Jenny Toomey. ...

VERDICT This informative and inspiring film about several generations of punks singing about positive social change and working to make it happen should appeal to socially conscious music fans of all ages, especially viewers interested in learning about the mix of punk, politics, and activism in the DC underground music scene."

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Buy Positive Force: More Than a Witness (DVD)

“We will need writers who can remember freedom”: Ursula K Le Guin at the National Book Awards

"...I think hard times are coming when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now and can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine some real grounds for hope. We will need writers who can remember freedom. Poets, visionaries—the realists of a larger reality...

Books, you know, they’re not just commodities. The profit motive often is in conflict with the aims of art. We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings.

Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art—the art of words."—Ursula K Le Guin at the National Book Awards ceremony, November 19th, 2014, transcribed by Parker Higgins

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Buy The Wild Girls
Check out Ursula K. Le Guin's Author Page

 David Hartsough's Waging Peace Lecture and Reviews

"This book is jammed with powerful stories from these efforts — from facing down with nonviolent love a knife-wielding racist during an eventually successful campaign to desegregate a lunch-counter in Arlington, Va., in 1960, to paddling canoes into the way of a U.S. military ship bound for Vietnam; from meeting with President John Kennedy to urging him to spark a “peace race” with the Soviet Union, to being threatened with arrest in Red Square in Moscow for calling for nuclear disarmament there; from confronting the death squad culture in Central America and the Philippines to watching his good friend, Vietnam veteran Brian Willson, get mowed down by a U.S. Navy munitions train.

These are just a few of innumerable vignettes of David’s peacemaking around the world. But there is much more to David’s life story than these intense scenes of nonviolent conflict.

Much of this book recounts how the foundations of his career as an agent of nonviolent change were laid, slowly and organically..."—Ken Butigan, Waging NonViolence

WATCH David's 2014 Salem Peace Lecture
Review: World Beyond War
Review: Waging NonViolence
Buy Waging Peace

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Earth at Risk: Building a Resistance Movement to Save the Planet (DVD)
SKU: 9781604866889
Earth at Risk: Building a Resistance Movement to Save the Planet (DVD)
Derrick Jensen and Lierre Keith
Earth at Risk is an annual conference featuring environmental thinkers and activists who are willing to ask the hardest questions about the seriousness of our situation.

No Gods No Masters: Live in Concert
SKU: 9781604864410
No Gods No Masters: Live in Concert
Leon Rosselson and Robb Johnson
In this glorious 2 DVD set, Britain’s finest living songwriters are captured live (on tour in Berkeley, CA), presenting two nights of their original songs, words, and inimitable performance.

Positive Force: More Than a Witness: 30 Years of Punk Politics in Action (DVD)
SKU: 9781604862423
Positive Force: More Than a Witness: 30 Years of Punk Politics in Action (DVD)
Robin Bell
Covering a span of 30 years, More Than a Witness documents the origins, activism, and musical events of the punk/activist organization Positive Force DC.

Visions of Abolition: From Critical Resistance to A New Way of Life
SKU: 9781604866629
Visions of Abolition: From Critical Resistance to A New Way of Life
Setsu Shigematsu, Cameron Granadino, Jolie Chea, and Critical Resistance
Visions of Abolition is a new feature length documentary about the prison industrial complex and the prison abolition movement.

Wisconsin Rising (DVD)
SKU: 9781629630939
Wisconsin Rising (DVD)
Sam Mayfield, Green Valley Media, and E.W. Stetson
Wisconsin Rising documents the largest sustained workers’ resistance movement in American history.

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