Report back: Oct. 23rd PSN - Sanctuary! With Abbie Arevalo-Herrera and Lana Heath de Martinez

On October 23, 2018, Abbie Arevalo-Herrera joined Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change for a Practitioner Support Network session on the sanctuary movement and how she took sanctuary in a church in Richmond, Virginia.

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Groundswell Network Boost: Testimony Project in collaboration with New Sanctuary Coalition in New York City seeks to document immigrant stories

Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change has launched a blog series called “Groundswell Network Boost” to promote the work of projects throughout the country using oral history for social change. This interview with the Testimony Project in collaboration with the New Sanctuary Coalition in New York City discusses the project and its successes as well as the challenges that arise when documenting the voices of immigrants in the United States threatened with deportation.

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Emerging Archive Preserves the Stories of Abortion Care in Louisiana

Groundswell contributor and Labor Equity Member Elizabeth Gelvin penned this piece about the Louisiana Abortion Stories Project, an archive of the New Orleans Abortion Fund which collects and holds the stories of folks in New Orleans who have accessed abortion care in Louisiana.

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Reportback: June 14th PSN: How Can Oral History Support Restorative Justice?

On June 14th, 2018 Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change hosted a Practitioner Support Network session with oral historian Alisa del Tufo and theater professor at Concordia University, Luis C. Sotelo Castro on how oral history supports restorative justice work.

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PSN Reportback: What is Language Justice and Why Does it Matter in Oral History Work?

In this Practitioner Support Network, oral historians Allison Corbett and Fanny Garcia explore language justice and and why it matters in doing oral history work with communities that use various languages.

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PSN Reportback: Immigration Law for Oral Historians

Last month, Groundswell's Practitioner Support Network Working Group teamed up with colleagues Patrick O'Shea and Shiu-Ming Cheer from the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) to offer a special PSN chat: Immigration Law for Oral Historians. Check out some key takeaways and listen to the full audio!

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Freedom Archives Hosts Premiere of New Documentary, "Symbols of Resistance"

On Saturday, August 12th 2017, the Freedom Archives hosted the Bay Area premiere of their new documentary “Symbols of Resistance” at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. Speaking to a capacity audience of 250 people, the film crew opened the event by discussing the Symbols of Resistance event, held in Colorado in 2014, which originally sparked the filmmaking process.

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June 26 PSN Reportback: "Working for Change: Listening to Workers' Stories

The PSN centered around reflecting on lessons learned during the project “Summer for Respect: Organizing and Oral History” which was inspired by the anniversary of the Freedom Summer of 1964. Terrell was working with Columbia sociologist Adam Reich when Reich was approached by the UFCWabout working together on a project with student organizers and Walmart workers. Students were to conduct oral histories as part of their work as organizers in the field. Terrell led the oral history component and the union did the fieldwork training and organizing. Terrell started the PSN with a description of the project.

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Symbols of Resistance: An Intern at the Freedom Archives Highlights Her Experiences

The Freedom Archives contains over 12,000 hours of audio and videotapes, as well as thousands of paper materials, which date from the late-1960s to the mid-90s and chronicle the progressive history of the Bay Area, the United States, and international movements for justice. The archives contain in-depth oral interviews; reports on social and cultural topics; voices of organizers, activists and political prisoners; and pamphlets, journals and other materials from radical political organizations and social movements. These materials represent a commitment to anti-imperialism, human rights, and highlighting marginalized voices and organizations normally unheard or distorted in establishment media.

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