A Few Simple Words

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This video documents the efforts of Remembering with Dignity, a coalition of self-advocates and their allies working together for the dignity of all persons with disabilities. Remembering with Dignity honors those who lived and died in Minnesota’s state institutions by telling their stories. This video shows their research to identify the people who died and were buried at state institutions, replace numbered gravestones with their names, and obtain legislative support to fund their project.

1988, 31 minutes, $150
Produced by Advocating Change Together, Inc.
1821 University Ave. West
Suite 306
St. Paul, MN 55104
(651) 641-0297

A Force More Powerful

Produced by Steve York

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A Force More Powerful shows three examples of social movements that have used non-violence as a weapon to overthrow dictators, obstruct military invaders, and secure human rights in country after country. Using nonviolent sanctions such as strikes, boycotts, and civil disobedience, ordinary people in the American South, India, and South Africa take extraordinary actions to end oppression.

2000, 90 minutes, $39.95.
PBS Video
1320 Braddock Place
Alexandria, VA 22314-1698

A Very Popular Economic Education Sampler

Highlander Research and Education Center, 1997

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This sampler contains dozens of popular education exercises and materials to help groups learn more about the economy and its effects, as well as to learn more about popular education. Contains a resource list of economic education resource groups.

Copies of the book are $20.00 plus $5.00 shipping for the first copy and $2.00 per additional copy.
Books can be ordered from:

Highlander Center
1959 Highlander Way
New Market, TN 37820
(423) 933-3443

A Woman’s Place

Produced by Maria Rose Nicolo for Maryland Public Television

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A Woman’s Place documents the efforts of three women in the legal system attempting to fight sexism. In Mount Frere, South Africa, a magistrate tries to bridge the gap between age-old tribal customs and the 1997 South African constitution, which bans discrimination based on sex. In Duluth, Minnesota, a prosecutor develops a protocol to increase safety for battered women by prosecuting domestic violence cases without relying on the victim’s testimony. In Bombay, India, a lawyer fights to retain women’s economic and child custody rights during divorce.

Maria Nicolo
99 Berkeley Place #3
Brooklyn, N.Y., 11217
(718) 783-1231

1998, 60 minutes, $20

Conquest of Violence: The Gandhian Philosophy of Conflict

Joan V. Bondurant

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By relating what Gandhi said to what he did and by examining instances of satyagraha led by others, this book abstracts from the Indian experiments those essential elements that constitute the Gandhian technique. It explores, in terms familiar to the Western reader, its distinguishing characteristics and its far-reaching implications for social and political philosophy.

Available through public libraries and bookstores.

COYUNTURAL ANALYSIS – Critical Thinking for Meaningful Action

A Manual for Facilitators

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Chicago Office of the American Friends Service Committee, “Coyuntural” comes from the Spanish word coyuntura which means the intersection of social forces and their effect on history. This is a step-by-step guide for community groups to engage in critical analysis.

Send requests to:
American Friends Service Committee
Mary Zerkel
59 E. Van Buren #1400
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone (312) 427-2533; Fax (312) 427-4171

Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker

Produced by Joanne Grant

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This video looks at the civil rights movement from the perspective of Ella Baker, an activist known as the Fundi, a Swahili word for person who passes skills from one generation to another. Baker, friend and advisor to Martin Luther King Jr., played an instrumental role in shaping the American civil rights movement. This video illustrates the enormous impact of her actions on the lives of others.

1981, 47 minutes, $390
First Run Icarus Films
32 Court Street
21st Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(800) 876-1710

National Employment Law Project

Advocating for the working poor and the unemployed. Current projects include:Immigrant Worker Project; Nonstandard Worker Project; Unemployement Insurance Safety Net Project; Welfare and Low-wage Workforce Project; and the Work and Family Project.

55 John Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10038
(212) 285-3025

No Place to Call Home: Perspectives on the Homeless

Maggie O’Neill

A book on stories and perceptions of homeless people including interviews of the homeless, people that work with the homeless, people that work in the public sector and homeless children.

One Woman, One Vote

Edited by Marojorie Spruill Wheeler

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The companion book to the PBS documentary by the same name, this anthology is the most comprehensive collection of writings–contemporary and historical–on the woman suffrage movement in America. It includes essays by the most prominent contemporary historians who write on the topic, as well as some fascinating historical pieces written by women in the suffrage movement during the 19th century. Includes photos and maps.

PBS Video
1320 Braddock Place
Alexandria, VA 22314-1698
(800) 424-7963

Organizing a Community-Based Response to Domestic Violence

The Filipino Experience
Edited by Leni Marin (FVPF) and Blandina Lansang-de Mesa

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Produced by the Family Violence Prevention Fund in collaboration with the Asian Women’s Shelter and the Filipina Advisory Committee on Domestic Violence. This publication documents how the Filipino community – women and men – came together to learn and participate in shaping community-based strategies to address domestic violence.

Link to ordering information

Organizing Communities to Challenge Violence Against Women

Shamita Das Dasgupta

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This handbook is offered as a practical guide to gathering a community’s energies around the issue of domestic violence. It focuses on assisting individuals who would become grassroots organizers to enhance their competency. It familiarizes activists, advocates, and organizers with concepts, strategies, and skills that may guide their work. It is intended to provoke critical thinking and provide direction to individuals who hope to engage others in collective resistance to intimate violence against women.

The handbook is intended to serve the dual purpose of educating individuals who would be directly involved in community organizing, as well as expanding the abilities of individuals who would train others. Thus, it is divided in two parts:(1) concepts and topics significant to community organizing, and (2)skill building. The two sections together furnish a comprehensive picture of community organizing as an ideology, praxis, and a usable set of specific skills.

To order, contact:
Manavi, Inc.
P.O. Box 3103
New Brunswick, NJ 08903-3103
Phone (732) 435-1414 Fax: (732) 435-1411

Organizing with Passion: Building Relationships of Trust with Compassion, Honesty and Creativity
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A handbook written for Praxis International to be distributed to rural grantees receiving funding from the Office on Violence Against Women.The handbook covers key community organizing principles and strategies.It focuses on building relationships with, and reaching out to, the Samoan, Cambodian, Latino and Native American communities. Also included are methods for working within smaller, isolated areas including use of “Natural Helpers,” an organizing model that educates community members that battered women naturally come into contact with to be bridges to services for women. Also highlighted is a rural grantee organizing effort in Florida to reach battered women of color.

Download manual

Takeover: Heroes of The New American Depression

Produced by Pamela Yates and Peter Kinoy, Skylight Pictures Production in association with Starfish Productions

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Takeover: Heroes of The New American Depression tells the story of how in 1990, homeless people in eight U.S. cities break locks and take over vacant houses. The conditions that lead to this desperate action and its consequences are the focus of this video. Although the results in different cities vary, the takeover inspires other homeless people to act and become more powerful political forces.

1990, 58 minutes, $390
First Run Icarus Films
32 Court Street
21st Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(800) 876-1710

The Pluralism Project

Harvard University

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The Pluralism Project was developed by Diana L. Eck at Harvard University to study and document the growing religious diversity of the United States, with a special view to its new immigrant religious communities. In the past thirty years, the religious landscape of the U.S. has changed radically. There are Islamic centers and mosques, Hindu and Buddhist temples and meditation centers in virtually every major American city. The encounter between people of very different religious traditions takes place in the proximity of our own cities and neighborhoods. How Americans of all faiths begin to engage with one another in shaping a positive pluralism is one of the most important questions American society faces in the years ahead.

201 Vanserg Hall
25 Francis Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

The Spirit of Crazy Horse

Produced by Michael Dubois and Kevin McKiernan

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The Spirit of Crazy Horse chronicles the century long struggle of the Sioux Nation to reclaim the Black Hills, their ancestral homeland. This video describes the increasing struggles in the 60s and 70s, leading to the violent out break at Wounded Knee. Insights into the internal conflicts that develop as well as individual attempts to regain their heritage are depicted.

1990, 60 minutes, $14.95.
PBS Video
Phone: 1-888-255-9231
(800) 424-7963

Available through PBS web shop

The Willmar 8

Produced by Lee Grant, Julie Thompson, and Mary Beth Yarrow
Distributed by California Newsreel

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This video documents a strike by eight female bank employees in Willmar, a small town in southern Minnesota. Eight unassuming, apolitical women, driven by sex discrimination, organize the longest bank strike in U.S. history, picketing throughout two Minnesota winters. Risking jobs, families, friends, and the support of neighbors and the church, this video describes their personal and public struggle.

149 Ninth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 621-6196

1977, 50 minutes

Training for Transformation: A Handbook for Community Workers

Ann Hope and Sally Timmel

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Designed to assist workers in the field who are encouraging the development of self-reliant creative communities. This book has as its basic philosophy the belief that we should all participate in making this world a more just place to live in. It integrates:

  • The approach of Paulo Freire and how to put this method into practice
  • Manfred Max Neff’s understanding of fundamental human needs
  • Group methods which are essential for participatory education
  • Organizational development, which stresses how to build structures which enable people to become self-reliant
  • Social analysis to help groups find the root causes of problems.

All language editions can be purchased from the Grailville Bookstore, Loveland, OH, 45140, (513) 683-0202, Fax (513) 683-4752

You’ve Got To Move

Cumberland Mountain Educational Cooperative Inc.

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This video documents personal and social transformation which takes place at Tennessee’s legendary Highlander Folk School. Founded by Myles Horton, Highlander brought together individuals who work for union, civil, environmental, and women’s rights in the south. You’ve Got To Move records the progress of individuals, the process of social change, and the evolution of leadership and brings us to the understanding that people can and do make a difference.

*Note: This video can be viewed in two parts.1985, 87 minutes, $490.
First Run Icarus Films
32 Court Street
21st Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(800) 876-1710

Yuuyaraq: The Way of the Human Being

Harold Napoleon, Alaska Native Knowledge Network

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Harold Napoleon, a Yup’ik Alaskan Native, wrote this essay while in prison for his son’s death. His book is a discussion about the initial and continuing effects of the epidemics that afflicted Alaskan Natives from the 1770s through the 1940s. Available through public libraries and bookstores.