QUESTION: Library for Human Rights Watch ?

question / pregunta: 

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

http://hrw.org/

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
simone.castaneda@pwgsc-tpsgc.gc.ca
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?

question / pregunta: 

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.

Lesbian Herstory Archives Internships

The Lesbian Herstory Archives (located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NYC) is looking for graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in library and/or archives with a demonstrated interest in Lesbian Studies, History and Activism.

QUESTION: inequality and debt

question / pregunta: 

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.
thanks
sean mcalpin

Business Research Workshop for the Labor Outreach Committee of OWS

On December 1, a few members of Rad Ref conducted a business research workshop for the Labor Outreach Committee of Occupy Wall Street. This is expected to be the first in a series, so stay tuned for more research resources in the coming year!

This page represents the introduction to the workshop, and four more sections plus a resource guide follow (links are also at the bottom of the page):

Librarian and Archivist Delegation to Palestine

Some members of Radical Reference are involved in this trip:

A delegation of librarians, archivists, and other library workers will travel to Palestine in the summer of 2013. We will connect with our colleagues in library- and archive-related projects and institutions there, applying our experience in the form of skillshares and other types of joint work. We will travel as truth-seekers and information-skeptics, eager to dispense with the superficial and inaccurate portrayals of life in Israel/Palestine that we see in the west and to learn about the realities of life under occupation and apartheid. As library workers, we support access to information, and recognize that this goes in more than one direction. Our trip will shed light on how Palestinian voices and information about Palestine reach us (or do not) and how Palestinian people access (or cannot access) information. We will bear witness to the destruction and appropriation of information, and support efforts to preserve cultural heritage and archival materials in Palestine. Upon return to our communities, we will share what we have seen, apply what we have learned, publicize projects we have visited, and otherwise break down barriers to access in any way we can.

QUESTION: Immigration status and health in the US

question / pregunta: 

How many undocumented people in the United States have diabetes?

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

question / pregunta: 

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.

Interference Archive work day 11/18/12

Interference Archive work day, Sunday November 18, 12-5
131 8th st. #4, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (2 blocks from F/G/R trains at 4th ave./9th st.)

Eastern Iowa Collective

We are still in the process of getting going, but we're starting a local collective in Eastern Iowa. Folks can get in touch with us via radref.iowa(at)gmail.com.

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