Connexions Calender

July 18 – Ongoing
Six Nations and Allies Protest Against Line 9 Pipeline
Haudenosaunee Territory/ North Dumfries, Ontario

July 18 – 20, 2014
Almonte Fair
Almonte, Ontario

July 18 – 20, 2014
Beachburg, Ontario
Canso, Nova Scotia

July 1820, 2014
Dawson City Music Festival
Dawson City, Yukon

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Seeds of Fire:
A People’s Chronology

July 18, 1918
Birth of Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid leader, political prisoner, first President of post-apartheid South Africa.

July 18 - September 4, 1940
Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese vice-consul in Lithuania, issues thousands of visas to Jews seeking to escape the Nazis.

July 18, 1906
Birth of Clifford Odets (1906-1963), American playwright, screenwriter, and left-wing activist. His plays Waiting for Lefty and Till the Day I Die, are agit-prop classics which cast a critical light on the failures of the capitalist economic system.

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The Connexions Archive is an unique resource for the grassroots in Canada, and internationally. For the last 39 years, Connexions has worked tirelessly to preserve records of grassroots activism and make them available in living, breathing form using modern tools to make it instantly accessible to and by, everyone.


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Other Voices

The Connexions Newsletter
July 17, 2014

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Welcome to the second issue of Other Voices. This week we continue our look into the topic of surveillance while also discussing the current war in Gaza. Also included are descriptions and links to recent exhibitions and galleries held by other social archives.

Remember you’re invited to contribute to this newsletter. If you know of news or resources you’d like to share, please get in touch via or 416-964-5735. If you’re a former volunteer or intern who helped out in the past, and you’d like to let other Connexions folks know what you’re up to now, we'd be happy to share that information too.

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This week on

How Social Movements Can Win More Victories Like Same-Sex Marriage

Currently featured on the Connexions homepage is an article Mark and Paul Engler, looking at the tactics and successes of the movement for same-sex marriage in the United States. The authors suggest that other social movements can learn valuable lessons from the movement on how to organize civil resistance to bring about social change.

Keywords: LGBTQ+ Rights

Israel showed restraint in Gaza before attacking? You must be kidding.

Israeli journalist Amira Hass, writing in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, demolishes some the myths continually repeated by the mainstream media.

Keywords: Crimes Against Humanity - Gaza

Surveillance Capitalism

John Bellamy Foster and Robert W. Machesney, writing in Monthly Review, analyze the growth of surveillance as an element driven both by the drive for profits, especially in the communications and ‘security’ industries, and by the state’s drive to increase social control and clamp down on resistance.

Keywords: Capitalism – Surveillance 

More Stories

Topic of the Week: Gaza

Looking for resources on Gaza? Check out the Gaza page in the Connexions Subject Index. Learn more about the current conflict as well as past engagements between Israel and Hamas. Also view resources on the daily lives of the Palestinians and their struggles living through a siege that prevents essential supplies such as food and water from being readily available and that allows for the destruction of innocent homes as collateral damage. You can browse or use our search feature. 

Website of the Week:
Democracy Now! features a directory of more than 1,000 progressive groups and websites. This week, we'd like to spotlight Democracy Now! Democracy Now is a progressive and independent news program that airs on more than 1,250 stations across the globe. It is operated purely through contributions from its listeners, viewers and foundations and refuses government funding and corporate advertisement. Next time you are looking for a news program that is truly independent and is free from both corporate and government influences, consider Democracy Now!


People's History and Grassroots Archives News

Interference Archive: We Are Who We Archive

The Interference Archive is currently hosting We Are Who We Archive exhibition. It is an assortment of collections that represent wide variety of movements, ideas, and objects. Included in the exhibition are items such as stamps issued by the Industrial Workers of the World in the 1950s, to 1980s photocopied Polish “samizdat” newsletters, to buttons and stamps produced by the New York Wages for Housework committee in 1975.

The curators of the exhibition attempted to showcase items that are less familiar to today's audiences with the most contemporary items being from the early 1990s. Many of the items chosen for the exhibition were chosen by the very community that supports the archive, demonstrating an “archive from below” approach. The exhibition is curated by Louise Barry and runs till the 3rd of August.

Source: We Are Who We Archive: an exhibition of new acquisitions


ONE Archives at USC Libraries: The Classical Nude and the Making of Queer History

Organized by the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, The Classical Nude and the Making of Queer History, looks into how Greco-Roman images and culture influenced modern same-sex representation. The gallery will display works from queer artists from all eras, including those from Antiquity, Renaissance, nineteenth century, all the way to today's modern works. The exhibition is curated by Jonathan David Katz and includes various mediums and formats. The exhibition runs till September 7th between 6pm to 9pm at ONE Archives Gallery and Museum.

Source: The Classical Nude and the Making of Queer History

Pacifica Radio Archives: Mississippi Freedom Summer 1964 

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Mississippi Freedom Summer, The Pacifica Radio Archives is distributing almost six hours of recorded interviews of civil rights supporters - including students who were brutalized by state authorities - and local authorities who opposed any form of enfranchisement of Black individuals. Included also in the recordings are excerpts of Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett, condemning the actions of voter registration activists who have started a movement to register disenfranchised Black voters traditionally excluded from voting in Mississippi. 

Source: Mississippi Freedom Summer 1964 - MP3 Disc


Treasures from the archives

Visions of social change through the years: the Connexions website features a selection of radical and progressive political manifestos, statements, programs and visions dating from 1649 to the present. The earliest document is the Levellers’ 1649 manifesto, “An Agreement of the Free People of England”. Others include “Common Sense” Thomas Paine’s sensational 1776 call for revolution; the Chartists’ “Peoples Charter” of 1839, Marx and Engels’ “Communist Manifesto,” the CCF’s “Regina Manifesto,” the African National Congress Freedom Charter of 1955, the Port Huron Statement of 1962, and many more.

See: /CX-Manifestos.htm

More about grassroots archives and people's history: features an annotated list of grassroots, radical, labour, women's, and social history archive. Find out more about these archives here.

Copyright Connexions 2014. Contents are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License. This means you are welcome to share and republish the contents of this newsletter as long as you credit Connexions, and as long as you don’t charge for the content.

Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter, is available online here

Thanks to Tahmid Khan and Ulli Diemer for their work on this newsletter.  

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