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Know Your Dossier: FBI Files and FOIA Requests

Know Your Dossier: FBI Files and FOIA Requests
Saturday, February 8, 2014, 2-4pm
The Commons, 388 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn
(A/C/G to Hoyt- Schermerhorn; B/D/N/Q/R/2/3/4/5 to Atlantic Ave)

The specter of the surveillance state looms over every aspect of radical organizing and community building. For most of us, Edward Snowden's revelations only confirmed what we suspected all along; the state has access to almost everything we create electronically, and they have the capacity and will to retain it indefinitely. Yet all surveillance is not created equal, and it's useful to remember that while we may never know the full extent of the information collected from us, FOIA, FOIL, and sunshine laws do entitle the public to see the investigative files collected on us.

Join Radical Reference and Mutant Legal for a night of information sharing and collective information seeking about the state of state surveillance and how to obtain your FBI files. Paper, envelopes, and snacks will be available by donation!

"A Hard Nut to Crack: Researching Your Neighborhood," 7/22 in Brooklyn

Not a Rad Ref event, but Arpita Bose and I will soon be conducting a free Internet research workshop at the Park Slope Food Coop:

A Hard Nut to Crack: Researching Your Neighborhood

Informed Agitation: Library and Information Skills in Social Justice Movements and Beyond

Call for Papers

Informed Agitation: Library and Information Skills in Social Justice Movements and Beyond

"Beyond an Apple a Day: Finding Health Information Online," 12/11 in Brooklyn

This isn't a Rad Ref event, but medical librarian Arpita Bose (with an assist from me) will soon be conducting a free Internet research workshop at the Park Slope Food Coop:

Beyond an Apple a Day: Finding Health Information Online

"Peeling the Onion: A Workshop on Research," 7/31 in Brooklyn

This isn't a Rad Ref event, but I will soon be conducting a free Internet research workshop at the Park Slope Food Coop:

Thoughts on Helene Blowers's “Inspiration, Innovation & Lessons Learned from Soap Bubbles”

I'm trying to do more writing, even if I don't always do it in a timely fashion. To wit – on April 8, I attended a talk that Helene Blowers, best known for her 23 Things initiative at the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, gave at the New York Public Library to librarians in the metro area. And here's what I thought.

"The US Social Forum and Librarians: A Report-Back" in Library Manifesto

I have a piece about our work at the 2010 U.S. Social Forum in the latest Library Manifesto. I met the editor, Natalie Pantoja, a few years ago when she came to some Books Through Bars sessions -- now she's an LIS student in NYC, and this is one of her projects!

Media Literacy, Part 387: Numbers in the News

This week's "On the Media" had two segments of interest to librarians and others who think critically about stories in the media -- "Sex,

New Rad Ref flyer text - Beta

UPDATE:The new version of the flyer (in English and Spanish) is posted here.

Next Monday: "Documenting Struggle Redux: Radical New York City Archives" at the Brecht Forum

Radical Reference presents a second evening about how community history is documented and celebrated, with the Lesbian Herstory Archives and the Lower East Side Squatter-Homesteader Archive Project. Archivists and activists will present parts of their collections and discuss how their work keeps the struggle alive.

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