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Connexions Archive seeks a new home
2009-11-18
Connexions Information Sharing Services
The Connexions Archive, a Toronto-based library dedicated to preserving the history of grassroots movements for social change, needs a new home.

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Activist archiving in Toronto
Lithgow, Michael
Article
2013
Alternative Archive
People gather in Toronto to discuss what many hope will grow into a movement for archiving grassroots histories.
Bequests
Leaving a social justice legacy
Article
2017
Connexions
Many of us have made working for social justice a lifetime commitment. If you are thinking about leaving a legacy for social justice that will live on, you might want to consider leaving a bequest to ...
Bhopal's Fight for Memory
Abraham, Sara
Article
2015
Solidarity
In December, 1984, unknown poisonous gases burst out from a Union Carbide pesticide plant located in a vicinity of the city of Bhopal in central India. The plant, scheduled for possible closure, was u...
Burning History in San Salvador
Destruction of Historical and Human Rights Archives
Maslin, Sarah
Article
2013
CounterPunch
On Thursday, Nov. 14, three armed men broke into the offices of Pro-Búsqueda. The attack on Pro-Búsqueda was not a random crime. We should be worried about what is happening in El Salvador.
The Case for Grassroots Archives
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2012
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Grassroots archives play a valuable role in what has been called "the battle of memory". People's history projects such as grassroots archives preserve and share stories of resistance, hidden historie...
Connexions Library: History Focus Page
Website
2009
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Selected articles, books, documents and other resources on historical topics.
Connexions Library: Oral History Focus Page
Website
2009
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on oral history.
Connexions Library: Radical and Left History Focus Page
Website
2009
Connexions Information Sharing Services
The Digital Dark Ages: Movies and Books Get Deleted as Selfies Pile Up
Rall, Ted
Article
2015
Counterpunch
Historians and archivists call our times the "digital dark ages." The name evokes the medieval period that followed the collapse of the Roman Empire, which led to a radical decline in the recorded his...
Galeano, Eduardo
Wikipedia article
Article
Uruguayan journalist, writer and novelist (1940-2015). His best-known works are Las venas abiertas de América Latina (Open Veins of Latin America, 1971) and Memoria del fuego (Memory of Fire Trilogy, ...
Germany and Britain: Memory and Myopia
Malik, Kenan
Article
2014
Ernst Barlach was one of Germany's great expressionist artists of the early twentieth century. A virulent nationalist in the run-up to the First World War, Barlach found that his experience of the Wes...
How Truth Slips Down The Memory Hole
Pilger, John
Article
2007
John Pilger, applies to current events Orwell's description in '1984' of how the Ministry of Truth consigned embarrassing truth to a memory hole. He highlights the killing of a Palestinian cameraman b...
Hurricane Digital Memory Bank
Database
2005
The Hurricane Digital Memory Bank uses electronic media to collect, preserve, and present the stories and digital record of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The Hurricane Digital Memory Bank contributes t...
The Inner Light
Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 5 Episode 25
Gendel, Morgan
Film/Video
1992
Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) is struck with an energy beam from an alien probe. While minutes pass for the rest of the crew, Picard experiences 40 years as Kamin, a humanoid scientist who...
Israel's road signs policy 'erases memory of place'
Zabaneh,Rania;Hatuqa,Dalia
Article
2015
Al Jazeera
Israeli authorities have long banned the Palestinian Authority (PA) from putting up its own road signs that refer to Palestinian towns and villages.
Librarians and Palestine
An Interview with Vani Natarajan
Jacobs, Ron
Article
2013
CounterPunch
Working to preserve Palestinian records and memory in the face of deliberate destruction by Israel.
Memory as Resistance: Grassroots Archives and the Battle of Memory
Preservation as subversion: Do grassroots archives have a future?
Article
2012
Connexions and Beit Zatoun
CONNEXIONS and Beit Zatoun are spotlighting grassroots archives this November with an open house and networking event November 24, a talk and discussion November 27, and an exhibit (November 16-27). G...
The Memory Code: how oral cultures memorise so much information
Hamacher, Duane W.
Article
2016
The Conversation
Long before the ancient Celts, Aboriginal Australians were recording vast scores of knowledge to memory and passing it to successive generations. Aboriginal people demonstrate that their oral traditio...
Memory and Repression in El Salvador
McAnarney, Alexandra
Article
2013
Truthout
The raid on Pro-Busqueda happened three days after the Salvadorean Supreme Court heard testimony from survivors of a 1982 raid carried out by government forces.
One by One, South Sudan Tries to Name Its War Victims
Turse, Nick
Article
2016
The Intercept
In South Sudan, where a vicious civil war has been raging, no government office or nongovernmental organization has kept a tally of the names of those killed by government forces, rebels, and other ar...
Oral history
Connexipedia Article
Article
The recording, preservation and interpretation of historical information, based on the personal experiences and recollections of the speaker.
Oral history
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Article
Oral history is the recording, preservation and interpretation of historical information, based on the personal experiences and opinions of the speaker.
Oral history preservation
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Article
Oral history preservation is the field that deals with the care and upkeep of oral history materials, whatever format they may be in. Oral history is a method of historical documentation, using interv...
Oral tradition
Wikipedia article
Article
Cultural material and tradition transmitted orally from one generation to another.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - November 13, 2014
Libertarian Socialism
Diemer, Ulli (editor); Khan, Tahmid (production)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2014
Connexions
The topic of the week is Libertarian Socialism. Articles on no-state solutions in Kurdistan; right-wing dirty tricks used to attack labour and environmental groups; scientists unravelling the risks of...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - February 12, 2015
SYRIZA
Diemer, Ulli (editor); Khan, Tahmid (production)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
Connexions
This week we're featuring the 40-point program which SYRIZA, the Greek coalition of the radical left, put forward to win the Greek election. Oliver Tickell writes about the mass media's latest campaig...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - March 12, 2015
Organizing
Diemer, Ulli (editor); Khan, Tahmid (production)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
Connexions
The focus of this issue is organizing. How can we challenge and overcome entrenched structures of economic and political power? Our own source of power is our latent ability to join together and work ...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - January 16, 2016
Working class organizing
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
Connexions
Working to change things for the better, fighting to prevent things from getting worse, remembering the past to illuminate possibilities for the future: as always, that is the focus of Other Voices. I...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - December 17, 2017
Collective Memory and Cultural Amnesia
Diemer, Ulli
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2017
Connexions
Our society is obsessed with the short-term present. It devalues memory and the past. But there are those who do remember, and who work to preserve and share our collective memory. But they have to co...
Seeds of Fire
A People's Chronology
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2012
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Recalling events that happened on this day in history. Memories of struggle, resistance and persistence.
Torture, Democracy and Memory in Argentina
No Sugarplums for Christmas
Gonzalez, Celilia
Article
2014
CounterPunch
The War on Memory Begins in Argentina
Desimone, Arturo
Article
2016
CounterPunch
Within less than a month of the inauguration of the new Macri/Cambiemos government in Argentina, the new leadership, or gestión (management) as they prefer to be called, acted in a great sweeping hurr...

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Nostalgia de la luz (Nostalgia for the Light)
Guzmán, Patricio (director/writer)
Film/Video
2010
In Chile's Atacama Desert, astronomers search the sky and explore the origins of the universe. Nearby, a group of women sift through the sand searching for body parts of loved ones murdered and dumped...
Seeds of Fire
A People's Chronology
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2012
Recalling events that happened on this day in history. Memories of struggle, resistance and persistence.


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