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Sandy Berman's letter to Obama & Clinton, re: Egypt

Sandy Berman sent me a copy of a letter he mailed to President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, dated January 30, 2011. I though others might enjoy reading it, too.

Egypt. So far you folks have been ludicrously tone deaf. People in the street are not demanding a new cabinet and "reforms." They are explicit: DOWN WITH MUBARAK! But you seem unable to understand, much less support, that unmistakable reality. Instead, you prattle about "national dialogue" and how everyone should behave with due decorum and that the President should engage with the rebels. Whoa! There's an honest-to-god revolution underway. Police have vanished. Protesters embrace the army, which refuses to enforce a curfew. There IS no Mubarak government any longer. And it's about time we recognized that elemental fact. The U.S. right now looks "out of it," like fools still committed to our 30-year-long buddy whose own people despise him. This week we're suddenly declaring that human rights should be respected, but for 30 years we've been subsidizing an oppressive, authoritarian regime with more than a billion dollars a year--without much insistence on democracy and free speech and fair elections (until this week).

Radical Reference Presents: Do It Yourself Archives

2009 NYC Anarchist Book Fair
Saturday, April 11, 11:15am-12:45pm
Tamiment Library
70 Washington Square South
Free

Jillian's slides
Nicole and Nick's slides
Watch it on your computer

NEW 1/24/11
Cleaned up and posted by Dan Vea (thanks, Dan!)
Video
Audio on Radio4All: one part, the other part, and on archive.org.

Archivists Jillian Cuellar (Tamiment Library) and Nicole Martin (Democracy Now!) and IT Director Nick Gilla (Democracy Now!) will give instruction on archiving principles and techniques for physical and digital materials. This skillshare will be appropriate for individuals and groups interested in preserving their documents and media.

website redesign project

David Walczyck's Pratt Institute Information Architecture & Interaction Design class, which is using Radical Reference as its web redesign client this semester has requested that we provide them a list of sites that we admire--not necessarily library related sites--for their design, interaction, or community aspects.

Please list yours here, with annotations if possible--either in this post or as a comment:

Women’s and Radical Research Resources Sample Platter

Monday, November 15 (new date!)
7pm
Bluestockings: 172 ALLEN ST
free/donation

Librarians Kate Angell (Sarah Lawrence College) and Jenna Freedman (Barnard College) will serve up a five-minute taste of ten different library and internet resources. On the menu are zine libraries and archives, open access scholarly journals, academic and community libraries--and how to get into the former without ID, and carefully selected websites. All about critical pedagogy, the library ladies will step back and hear from participants about their favorite resources, as well.

Essex St. electronics recycling: Sat. 7/24 & Sun. 7/25

Essex St. electronics recycling
Saturday, July 24 and Sunday, July 25, 2010 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
Essex Street, on the east side of Essex St btwn Hester St and Grand St

also Saturday July 31, 2010 | 10:00am - 4:00pm
Smith Street, Smith St btwn President St and Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Know Your Rights youth training July 18

Youth Alert! Save the Dates & Maybe Save a Life from Being Taken by the NYPD

Saturday, July 17th & Sunday, July 18th
1:00pm - 4:00pm SHARP!
Maysles Cinema
343 Malcolm X Boulevard/Lenox Avenue (bet. 127th & 128th Streets)
[email protected] (212) 654-5008 (212) 582-6050
Free Admission For All (13-23) Aged Youth
$10.00 Suggested Donation For Adults
(No one turned away for the lack of funds)

moving to a new server

We have moved to a new server. Please let us know if you discover anything funky: [email protected]

Shelf Life: Deaccession, Reanimation, and the Social Justice Implications of Library Discards

May 24, 2010
Brecht Forum
451 West Street (between Bank & Bethune)
7:30pm
$6-10 sliding scale, no one turned away for inability to pay

Featuring presentations by Julia Weist, Public Library of American Public Library Deaccession and Andrew Beccone, Reanimation Library with a group discussion afterward, moderated by Emily Drabinski.

US Social Forum registration

Radical Reference is now registered for the US Social forum in Detroit in June 2010. Melissa and I are the only Rad Ref members registered as part of our organization. We can register one more person for free, so if you want to be that person, email [email protected]

Here's our organization page http://organize.ussf2010.org/org/radical-reference. Please join, if you're so inclined!

Critical Pedagogy and Library Instruction

Saturday, May 8th 2010
Brooklyn College Library
1:00pm-4:00pm
This event is free

Please RSVP by April 9th.

btw Everyone involved in this except for the main speaker, Ira Shor, is in Radical Reference: Tom Dodson, Emily Drabinski, and Alana Kumbier (facilitators) and Alycia Sellie and Jonathan Cope (organizers).
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