Eduardo Galeano on Democracy Now this morning:
Scientists say that human beings are made of atoms, but a little bird told me that we are also made of stories. So each one has something to tell that deserves to be heard.
Heard this in the car while I was in NY over winter break. Beautifully produced piece on ‘slut shaming.’
There are countless websites, Facebook pages and Twitter handles that are created to shame girls online, many are literally called “exposing hos.” When Temitayo logs in to Facebook her newsfeed is often inundated with sexually explicit photos and videos of other teenage girls that are posted, commented on, and shared countless times by her peers. Once these images make it online the repercussions can haunt a girl far beyond the schoolyard.
Just got back from An Afternoon w/ Santiago in SF. Here’s a short video history (with English subtitles) of Radio Venceremos, Ten Years of Taking the Sky by Storm:
Most of his talk focused on the Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen. It’s a museum of people’s stories and memories in San Salvador.
He said that they put out a call to all Salvadoran people, “you have a piece of Salvadoran history in your trunks” and encouraged them to share their memories publicly. From there, they created traveling exhibitions that brought these memories to rural areas on pickup trucks and asked people from everywhere to contribute.
He focused so much on young people in his talk. The Museo created a trivia game for kids, and a series of animated videos specifically geared toward young people with stories from Cuentos de Cipotes. This is the first video in the series (Spanish, no subtitles):
Although the FMLN is in control of government today, Santiago says the Museo keeps its distance from power because memory needs its own wings to fly. You can catch him tomorrow and Tuesday too at USF:
Monday April 2, 2012, 6:00-8:00 PM, MCL 251
Radio Days in Times of War, Historical Memory in Times of Peace/Dias de Radio en tiempos de guerra, memoria histórica en tiempos de paz
Carlos Henríquez Consalvi “Santiago” founded Radio Venceremos in 1981. For the next 11 years, he served as the voice of the clandestine FMLN radio, broadcasting his reports while constantly evading capture by the military in the northeastern hills of the nation. Radio Venceremos was one of the few sources of oppositional press in El Salvador during the reign of the repressive military regime. As such, “Santiago” and his team were among the first to report on the infamous massacre at El Mozote and other atrocities committed by government troops, played a major role in recruiting campesino support for the revolutionary cause, and provided popular education about socialist ideals and Salvadoran history. Carlos Henríquez Consalvi is the founder and director of a museum, El Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen, in San Salvador.
Tuesday, April 3, 5:30–8:30 p.m., McLaren 251
A forum about community/citizens media in contexts of violence and conflict. Panelists will discuss several experiences and projects illustrating the multiple roles that the media have played and play in different times, historical periods, and locations within the Americas, ranging from civil wars in the 1980s to current violence related to paramilitary groups, drug trafficking, and anti-immigrant policies.
Finally got around to watching The Take, a documentary about the movement to reclaim factories in Argentina.
The movie is good, but a little Hollywood — finds a protagonist and tries to package a messy movement into a more simplified story. Still worth checking out.
My friend Sean spent six months in Argentina, learning from workers about taking over factories and forming cooperatives. He talked about it on KBOO last year (Sean starts at 14:00).
Last night, workers at the Serious Materials factory (formerly Republic Windows and Doors) in Chicago won an 11-hour sit-in occupation at their workplace.
The deal, according to the union, requires the company to suspend plans to close the factory immediately. Instead the company will keep the plant open another 90 days.
The employees hope the extra time will enable them to find a buyer or purchase the factory themselves.
“We can run this company,” said Juan Cortez, who has worked more than 23 years in the factory. “We got smart people [to] manage the money. We can find customers. We know how to run the company.”
One of my sheroes is coming to town!
Here’s part of an interview Grace Lee Boggs did with Bill Moyers:
You can see the full segment here.
Here’s a recording of Grace and Immanuel Wallerstein from the 2010 US Social Forum (Starts at 3:20).
Wanna see Grace in the Bay?
For the first time in history, iconic activists Grace Lee Boggs and Angela Davis will share the stage for a conversation entitled “On Revolution: A Conversation Between Grace Lee Boggs and Angela Davis” on Friday, March 2nd at Pauley Ballroom, University of California, Berkeley from 4pm-6pm.
More details here. You can also catch her in SF Chinatown:
As CPA celebrates our 40th anniversary this year, we are excited to begin 2012 by honoring the legacy of an Asian American movement shero, Grace Lee Boggs. We will co-host a very special event, “Building the Next American Revolution: A Celebration and Tribute to Grace Lee Boggs,” which will take place on Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 at the Chinese Culture Center in San Francisco Chinatown from 1-4 pm, with a reception and book signing.
This event will feature Grace Lee Boggs, who will reflect on Asian American activism and our movement during the current political times and key issues affecting the world today.