QUESTION: Bay of Pigs,

question / pregunta: 

What did congress know about this invasion

QUESTION: sustainable and renewable building materials

question / pregunta: 

Why aren't sustainable and renewable building materials like; straw, hemp and bamboo, used more often in low income housing?

The Freedom Trail on Trial: Resources for the Urbano Project

More information about the Urbano Project & The Freedom Trail on Trial here:
http://urbanoproject.org/artistsProjects.php

Library Established at Occupy Boston

Metacomet Books, in collaboration with the Boston Radical Reference Collective and the Simmons Progressive Librarians Guild, has established a new, leaderless, collective library at the Occupy Boston

Democratic Decision-making Resources

Anonymous. Revolution : a how-to. Retrieved 2011-10-15.

Avery, Michel, et al. Building United Judgement: A Handbook for Consensus Decision Making. Madison, Wisc.: Centre for Conflict Resolution, 1981. Print.

Bruneau, Richard. Participatory Decision-Making in a Cross-Cultural Context. Canada World Youth, 2003. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved 2011-10-13.

Butler, C T. L, and Amy Rothstein. On Conflict and Consensus: A Handbook on Formal Consensus Decisionmaking. Portland, ME: Food Not Bombs, 1991. Retrieved 2011-10-12.

Rad Ref at Occupy Wall Street : one report back

Last night 8-10 members and friends of Rad Ref NYC visited the People's Library at the Wall Street Occupation. We helped process books for the library, which Library Journal says is growing at 30-50 books per day.


That's Alycia on the left, an OWS Librarian in the middle, I think Lauren on the right, and my hands on the bottom right.

Rad Ref @ Occupy Wall Street

The NYC Radical Reference collective will be meeting at the People's Library at Zuccotti Park Friday, October 7th at 6pm in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement. We'll be doing street reference, and helping the library and the people as are able.

Join us!

Please bring plastic tubs for the library and sleeping bags, blankets, warm clothes and love for the folks of Occupy Wall Street.

QUESTION: Literature

question / pregunta: 

Hi! I want to attempt to read some fiction to better understand the radical ideas that have been expressed in American Literature as well as to hear from some underrepresented voices. I want to be cautious about giving my time to authors that reinforce values of patriarchy, sexism, racism, or republic of America values.

I want to point you to an example of what didn’t work for me. I just finished reading the Adventurous of Tom Sawyer, and I felt Mark Twain might have been too apologetic for my taste and too nostalgic about a time period when slavery existed. I don’t want to waste my time on these kinds of books. I’m looking for books that have a stronger voice, reflection, or opinion when it comes to anti-racism or anti-patriarchy.

Are there any web sites or resources that point out “radical fiction” titles that would be good for me to read? I know there has got to be a syllabus for a class out there or a review publication or web site that would serve as a starting point for me to pick out my books. Thanks in advance for your help!

People's Library of Occupy Wall Street seeks help

"Greetings from the librarians of #occupywallstreet!

We write today to invite you to help build the People’s Library. We are working together to build a library for both the people of the city and for those who have joined the occupation. We are a mixed bunch of librarians and library-loving individuals who strongly support the #occupy movement and who also know that information is liberation. We liberate through knowledge. If you want to know more about #occupywallstreet and the #occupy movement please read the Principles of Solidarity and read the blog.

Right now need many different kinds of donations. We need books of resistance and people’s history. We need economics and finance books. We need contemporary philosophy and ecology. We especially need non-English books and materials for low literacy readers.

QUESTION: book stores

question / pregunta: 

I am an activist visiting NY in October. Have little time in NYC but would like to check out a (used) bookstore or two. Interested in philosophy, education, postcolonialism, Palestine and/or Edward Said, writers like Joseph Massad, Robert Jensen, Noam Chomsky, Sut Jhally, topics like (Jewish) anti-Zionism and generally speaking left wing, progressive ideas. Can you give me a name or two of (used) bookstores for someone with my interests?

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