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Inspiration Exchange

Welcome to Encampment Inspiration Exchange. You will find links to articles/videos that EFC alums and supporters find either educational or thought-provoking; some may share information about ways to get involved in social justice issues.

June 2017

Category: Inspiration

Harvard Magazine "Your Job Is to Disturb the Universe"

Former Secretary of State John Kerry addressed Harvard's Kennedy School graduates, uging the audience that activism, properly deployed, could accomplish anything. The article mentions EFC alum Allard Lowenstein as an inspiration to John Kerry – as he was to many people.

submitted by Robert Beckwith, Toronto Canada,
an EFC Alum 1949, Fieldston

Category: Arts & Social Justice Work

NPR 'A People's History Of Chicago' Reflects A Spectrum Of Experiences

Poet and author Kevin Coval talks about his new book of poems, A People's History of Chicago. The book tells the stories of the city's marginalized communities.

submitted by Robert Beckwith, Toronto Canada,
an EFC Alum 1949, Fieldston

Category: Economic Manipulation of Democracy

Kirkus Book Review Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America

This riveting book by Nancy MacLean (who wrote the introduction to EFC alum Ed Peeples's Scalawag) focuses on Nobel Prize – winning economist James McGill Buchanan (1919-2013), whom Charles Koch funded and championed and his relationship to the Koch brothers. MacLean (History and Public Policy/Duke Univ.; The American Women's Movement, 1945-2000: A Brief History with Documents, 2008, etc.) elaborates on the revelations about the Koch brothers’ insidious, dangerous manipulation of American politics that has been presented forcefully by Jane Mayer in Dark Money (2016) and Daniel Schulman in Sons of Wichita (2014).

submitted by Marion Silverbear, California,
EFC Staff

February 2017

Category: Saving the Planet

Democracy Now! Noam Chomsky: With Trump Election, We Are Now Facing Threats to the Survival of the Human Species

An interview on Democracy Now with Noam Chomsky who predicted the type of election results we are now experiencing on so many fronts that concern the EFC community. One of the things he expresses is the urgency of addressing issues that are being obscured by the government's insistence that climate change is not real.

submitted by Marion Silverbear, California,
EFC Staff

December 2016

Category: What is Diversity?

Sunday Edition with Michael Enright podcast: What do we actually mean by "diversity"?

In the wake of Brexit, Donald Trump, and rising anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe, Canada seems to be one of the few countries where diversity is seen as a strength. But what do we mean by diversity? Is it a description, a lived experience, or a policy?

submitted by Robert Beckwith, Toronto Canada,
an EFC Alum 1949, Fieldston

November 2016

Category: Democracy in 2016

Harvard Business Review article: What So Many People Don't Get About the US Working Class

Comment on the election from Harvard Business Review.

submitted by Robert Beckwith, Toronto Canada,
an EFC Alum 1949, Fieldston

Roll Call article: I'm a Coastal Elite From the Midwest: The Real Bubble is Rural America

Interesting piece on coastal elites vs rural America.

submitted by Jackie Frank, Silver Spring MD,
an EFC Alum 1972, Arizona

October 2016

Category: Learning Opportunity; Civics lesson in this crucial election year

Washington Post Article: This is the best election year ever, at least as a civics lesson

Educational philosopher John Dewey said students should learn civics by taking part in campaigns, social movements and other activities that reveal firsthand how a democratic society works. Learn more in Ralph Nader’s new book, (Breaking Through Power: It's Easier Than We Think).

submitted by Carol Hsu, Berkeley Springs WV,
an EFC Alum 1969, Montana

May 2016

Category: Community Problems and Solutions; Saving the Planet

National Observer Article: Indigenous and environmental leaders threaten legal 'onslaught' to block Kinder Morgan pipeline

“Environmentalists and Indigenous leaders are threatening 'an onslaught of litigation' to block Texas-based energy giant Kinder Morgan's proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project to the Vancouver coast."

submitted by Robert Beckwith, Ontario, Canada,
an EFC Alum 1949, New York

November 2015

Category: Teaching Citizenship

Website: What kind of citizen

“History is yours to make. It is not owned or written by someone else for you to learn …" This article examines the components of citizenship education, including critical thinking. It contrasts them with what is currently being taught in schools.

submitted by Robert Beckwith, Ontario, Canada,
an EFC Alum 1949, New York

October 2015

Category: Community Problems and Solutions/For Inspiration

Radio episode: Doing the Right Thing

"What we know is that we've figured out a simple truth — one which evades too many in this broken world. And that simple truth is just this: nous sommes ici ensemble. We're in this together. Our neighbour's strength is our strength; the success of any one of us is the success of every one of us. And, more important, the failure of any one of us is the failure of every one of us." -- Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi, interviewed by Paul Kennedy on his radio show, Ideas

submitted by Robert Beckwith, Ontario, Canada,
an EFC Alum 1949, New York

May 2015

Category: Other - Living Healthier

Website: Sugar Coated, a Documentary

This site introduces a remarkable new Canadian documentary film, examining the science and the politics behind a serious health crisis that affects us all. Encampers of all ages will be eager to get and show this film in their communities.

submitted by Sterling, Toronto, Canada,
an EFC Alum 1949, New York

March 2015

Category: Social Justice

Washington Post: Rep. Terri Sewell, a daughter of Selma, rues her city’s lost promise

This is a very moving piece from The Washington Post related to the anniversary of the march at Selma.

submitted by Jackie Frank, Bethesda, MD, an EFC Alum 1971, Arizona and Encampment Board

Categories: Leadership/Social Justice

Rolling Stone: High School Students Across the Country Are Fighting for Their Rights

Teens today are not apathetic! This article talks about teen led organizing projects across the country.

submitted by Chela Blitt, Berkeley, CA, an EFC Alum 1972, New York

Categories: Community Life/Social Justice

New York Times: Building the First Slavery Museum in America

In Louisiana, a wealthy white lawyer has spent 15 years turning the Whitney Plantation into a museum dedicated to telling the story of slavery.

submitted by Steve Leibman, Berkeley, CA, an EFC Alum 1969, Montana and Encampment Board

Categories: Leadership/Democracy/Social Justice/Freedom & Responsibility

Smithsonian: The Radical Paradox of Martin Luther King’s Devotion to Nonviolence

Interview with Taylor Branch, author of "America in the King Years," a trilogy focusing on Martin Luther King Jr and the civil rights movement, Topics include Selma march and Ferguson, MO.

submitted by Marion Silverbear, Aptos, CA, Encampment Staff

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