Answered Questions

QUESTION: Paul Robeson Film

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I am trying to locate a copy of a short film called "Canciones de Madrid." The film is from 1938 and features Paul Robeson. Here is the imdb link
I am interested in screening the film publicly in a presentation about "Art and Social Change."

Thank you,


QUESTION: Global Square

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Can you direct me to any fairly recent articles or other material on the Global Square project (a social media platform for coordinating relations between local Occupy, M15, Syntagma, etc. organizations)? There was a lot of stuff on its forthcoming release early next year, and then it largely went quiet. I assume it went defunct or was moved to the back burner, but I'd appreciate any accounts of exactly what happened. Thanks.

QUESTION: Idle no more

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What is the origin of the Idle No More movement.

QUESTION: Radical Unionism/ Debtors Unionism

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Does anyone know of any articles written about Debtor's Unionism? What I mean by a Debtor's Union are people getting together to collectively resist paying similar or different types of debt. I'm interested because there seems to be some validity in this structure and Google is not much help on this topic. Thanks:)

QUESTION: Library for Human Rights Watch ?

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Good afternoon. Does anyone know if this organization has a library or a librarian on staff ?

If it does, is there an e-mail address for the library ( or librarian ) ?

Thanks !

Simone Castañeda
Regional Librarian / Bibliothécaire régionale
Documentation Centre / Centre de documentation
Translation Bureau / Bureau de la traduction
416-973-1154 | facsimile / télécopieur 416-973-3325
4900 Yonge Street, PH Level, Toronto, Ontario M2N 6A6
4900, rue Yonge, Terrasse, Toronto (Ontario) M2N 6A6
Public Works and Government Services Canada /
Travaux publics et Services gouvernementaux Canada
Government of Canada / Gouvernement du Canada

QUESTION: FOIA for 1970s org that was under FBI surveillance?

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Hello, and thank you in advance for your help!

I am writing a history of the prostitutes' rights movement of the 1970s. (Today, some prefer to call it the sex workers' rights movement.) The national movement launched in San Francisco, 1973, by Margo St. James and COYOTE, and then took off in cities across the country. I am focusing, in particular, on PUMA, the Prostitutes Union of Massachusetts, in Boston, which was active under that name roughly from 1975 to 1984.

I have interviewed dozens of women from the movement in the course of my research, and many believe that they were under FBI surveillance. However, I have filed two FOIA requests and have been repeatedly informed that there are no records related to my search terms (prostitutes' rights, prostitutes, Margo St. James, PUMA, etc). I have sent my requests to the local FBI office in Boston and in DC.

Can you please help me figure out what I'm doing wrong, and how to craft a better request letter? I saw the awesome DIY FOIA letter on your website, but perhaps there are other federal organizations I should be requesting from? Or different search requests? I want to cast as wide a net as possible, but I truly have no idea how the bureaucracy works.

Thank you again, I wish you a peaceful new year.

QUESTION: inequality and debt

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i am attempting to create a dynamic bubble chart that flow thru time by year with each bubble representing a value as described above in the subjects line. i will be focusing on around 1970 to the present. the objective is a visual representation of suppressed wages, rising debt, and lower quality of life thru time. any assistance you could provide would be greatly appreciated, and awesome.
sean mcalpin

QUESTION: History of Urban Rebuilds after Natural disasters in the 20th/21st century

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Is there a possibility to be led to documents/articles that gives a history of what local governments did with monies given to them by the federal government nation-wide, or even world-wide after natural or man-made disasters in the 20th and 21st Century? Hopefully this is not that vague of a question.

QUESTION: Immigration status and health in the US

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How many undocumented people in the United States have diabetes?

QUESTION: immigration laws and political economy

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Hi! I am looking for journal articles or books that can provide some kind of analysis on the relationship between the extreme "crack down" on (im)migrant labourers / undocumented labourers, and political economy. Given that so many states, especially border states, and so many provinces, seem to benefit from the exploitation of workers in programs such as the temporary foreign workers program, seasonal labour programs, and from businesses that hire undocumented workers -- how do such harsh immigration laws work within the logic of capitalism? Or do they run up against it? Where could I find a discussion about the relationship between these things? I am interested in both liberal and anti-capitalist perspectives.