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The Shadow of Gold


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MiningWatch Canada works in solidarity with Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous communities who are dealing with potential or actual industrial mining operations that affect their lives and territories, or with the legacy of closed mines, as well as with mineworkers and former workers seeking safe working conditions and fair treatment.

Earthworks is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of mineral and energy development while promoting sustainable solutions.


published THE SHADOW OF GOLD 2022-03-25 14:33:57 -0400


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is a
n unflinching look at how the world's favorite heavy metal is extracted from the earth.

THE SHADOW OF GOLD is a global investigation of how the world's favorite heavy metal is extracted from the earth. The film explores both sides of the industry: the big-time mining companies that dig deep and lop off mountaintops to extract gold from low-grade ore, and the small-time miners—an estimated 20 million people in the world's poorest nations—who extract gold by hand, often producing just enough to survive.

From communities threatened by proposed mining projects in the U.S. and Canada to small-time and artisanal miners risking their health—and their lives—in countries like Congo, Peru and China, THE SHADOW OF GOLD leads viewers from these flashpoints of extraction through loosely regulated supply networks to the very top of the global supply chain, where conflict gold reaches consumers who are unaware of the origins of this coveted commodity.

Finally the film engages with engineers, scientists, and Fair Trade advocates who are working with miners to tackle gold's worst environmental and social problems.

79 minutes
SDH Captioned

Directed by Denis Delestrac, Robert Lang, Sally Blake
Produced by Robert Lang, Sally Blake
Writers: Allen Booth, Denis Delestrac
Editors: Franck Nakache, Sarah Bachinski, James Blokland
Music: Eric Cadesky, Nick Dyer
Cinematographers: Mark Caswell, Russel Gienapp, German Gutierrez, Josh Lee
Produced by Kensington Communications, Inc., Films à Cinq and CAPA Presse

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Whose Heritage? Public Symbols of the Confederacy
In this updated edition of a 2016 report, the SPLC identifies 114 Confederate symbols that have been removed since the Charleston attack, and 1,747 that still stand. Many of these monuments are protected by state laws in the former Confederate states.

Southern Coalition for Social Justice
SCSJ is a nonprofit organization founded by a multidisciplinary group, predominantly people of color, who believed that families and communities engaged in social justice struggles need a team of lawyers, social scientists, community organizers, and media specialists to support them in their efforts to dismantle structural racism and oppression.

Further Reading

Confederate Symbols: Relations to Federal Lands and Programs
Congress is considering the role of Confederate symbols on federal lands and in federal programs. While no comprehensive inventory of such symbols exists, numerous federal agencies administer assets or fund activities in which Confederate memorials and references to Confederate history are present.

The Orangeburg Massacre 

Sons of Confederate Veterans

America’s Most Political Food (The New Yorker)

A Confederacy of Sauces (The New York Times)

Can a S.C. barbecue family rise above their father’s history of racism?

The Confederate Flag: The Use of a Symbol
A video by the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust


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In MELTDOWN IN DIXIE a battle erupts in Orangeburg, SC, between the Sons of Confederate Veterans and an ice cream shop owner forced to fly the Confederate flag in his parking lot.



The Confederate flag has flown in the corner of an Orangeburg, South Carolina parking lot since 2000, when former ice cream shop owner Maurice Bessinger raised the flag in protest over it coming down from the SC State House dome. Bessinger, a self-avowed segregationist, deeded the plot of land where the flagpole stood to the local Sons of Confederate Vets chapter to ensure the flag continued to fly in Orangeburg long after his death.

In the wake of the 2015 Charleston Massacre, new creamery owner Tommy Daras, who once considered the flag an acceptable sign of a rebel, has a change of heart and commits to doing anything possible to get it down. But "Keeper of the Flag" Buzz Braxton and the Sons of Confederate Vets refuse. With Confederate symbols coming down around the country, can Tommy get the flag down in Orangeburg?

This intimate, verité-driven short documentary film explores the broader role of Confederate symbolism in the 21st century and the lingering racial oppression which these symbols help maintain.

There are two versions of this program: 54-minutes and 40-minutes.


54 and 40 minutes
SDH Captioned

Directed by Emily Harrold
Produced by Emily Harrold, Seth Gadsden
Editor: Rosie Walunas, Virginie Danglades
Executive Producer: Jedd Canty, Ryan Chanatry, Mahalia Cohen
Cinematographers: John Barnhardt, Kelly Creedon, Seth Gadsden, Kyle Kelley
A Lynnwood Pictures Production

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"Brilliantly succeeds in giving voice to the common people caught in the collision of the past and the present."
Peter S. Carmichael, Prof. Civil War Studies, Gettysburg College

"Symbols are important. In public spaces they mark who belongs, who is welcome, and who is excluded. MELTDOWN IN DIXIE is an honest and empathetic portrayal of a controversy over the public display of the Confederate battle flag in a small South Carolina town. Through this film, students will be able to see the emotional power that historical memory exercises in the present, as well as the bravery and persistence it takes to overcome resistance to change. The film will work well for classes in which students are exploring the enduring power of the Lost Cause narrative of the Civil War in the American South."
Gabriel Reich, Associate Professor of History/Social Studies Education, Virginia Commonwealth University
"MELTDOWN IN DIXIE is an excellent and important film about an episode in our ongoing saga over Confederate symbols that lays bare the stakes of these debates for the everyday people affected by this complex issue. It is a fascinating and poignant film that raises frustrating but valuable questions over property rights, historical memory, and the slow pace of change."
William Sturkey, Associate Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Author, Hattiesburg: An American City in Black and White

"Monuments falling, Confederate flags coming down, and people taking to protest racial injustice are the images of a Southern Lost Cause coming undone. Too often the lives of ordinary folks disappear in the national story. This film looks behind the dramatic headlines...This is a powerful film told through the voices of blacks and whites. MELTDOWN IN DIXIE brilliantly succeeds in giving voice to the common people caught in the collision of the past and the present."
Peter S. Carmichael, Professor of Civil War Studies, Director of the Civil War Institute, Gettysburg College, Author, The War for the Common Soldier: How Men Thought, Fought, and Survived in Civil War Armies

"MELTDOWN IN DIXIE is a moving and timely narrative of the modern South. Sensitively weaving together interviews on race, history, and politics, filmmaker Emily Harrold demonstrates how all combine to reverberate across generations and in different ways for various people. The narrative dramatically highlights the vicious legacy of white supremacy which still raises its ugly head; but countered by a coalition of Black and white locals who use both the rule of law and community activism to combat racism and help move the American experiment towards a truer multicultural democracy."
Orville Vernon Burton, Chair of History, Professor of Pan-African Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, and Computer Science, Clemson University

"MELTDOWN IN DIXIE is a riveting film that uses a local conflict over the Confederate battle flag in Orangeburg, South Carolina to educate viewers about the broader issues of race, memory, and power implicated in controversies over public displays of Confederate iconography. Its use of first-person narratives to illustrate these issues renders it an excellent documentary for learning about the ways in which symbols of the past continue to convey powerful meanings in the present and future. This film has resonance for a variety of audiences, and I highly recommend it."
Patricia Davis, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Northeastern University, Author, Laying Claim: African American Cultural Memory and Southern Identity

"MELTDOWN IN DIXIE offers a sad, subtle, powerful examination of the confrontation over Confederate symbolism in one small southern town. It lets both sides speak as it reveals the racial tensions at the heart of the debate over a Confederate flag in front of a local creamery. With the flag still flying and the creamery closed at the end of the movie, the film will foster classroom discussion."
Gaines Foster, Professor of History, Louisiana State University, Author, Ghosts of the Confederacy: Defeat, the Lost Cause, and the Emergence of the New South

"This is a timely film that demonstrates the tensions between those that want to fly the Confederate flag and those that find the flag offensive. As we grapple with our past, MELTDOWN IN DIXIE is an important tool that could be used in classrooms to help facilitate important discussions."
Andrea Benjamin, Associate Professor of African and African American Studies, University of Oklahoma

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What can you do to help support racial and economic equity in cities across America?

Here are a few suggestions to consider:

The Common Good Cooperative was founded in Boston, Massachusetts, by Kafi Dixon, who sought cooperative models and solidarity agreements to self-actualize community stabilization. Women nationally and globally face a disproportionate burden of health disparities, experiences with structural violence, and few opportunities for economic mobility - the mothers and women who founded Common Good Cooperatives sought to disrupt this cycle in Boston by providing community spaces for social and economic growth and healing.

Support this initiative featured in the film by becoming a Coop member.

The Clemente Course in the Humanities® provides a transformative educational experience for adults facing economic hardship and adverse circumstances. The free college humanities courses empower students to further their education and careers, become effective advocates for themselves and their families, and engage actively in the cultural and political lives of their communities.

Curious? Find a Clemente Course near you and consider supporting them and support them in Massachusetts.

Do you work for a local or state government agency?  Consider encouraging the city, county or state agency where you work to join the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE).  GARE is a network of member jurisdictions working to transform government by supporting racial equity practitioners to design and implement strategies that advance racial justice and build a strong multiracial democracy.

To learn more, consider attending a GARE Information Session.
You can also review our Member Guidebook for answers to frequently asked questions.

If you have any questions about GARE you can reach them at: [email protected]

published A RECKONING IN BOSTON 2022-02-21 16:37:17 -0500


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A RECKONING IN BOSTON explores what keeps the gap between rich and poor, white and Black, so glaringly wide in Boston.



Kafi Dixon dreams of starting a land cooperative for women of color who have experienced trauma and disenfranchisement in the city of Boston. By day she drives a city bus. At night she is enrolled in the Clemente Course in the Humanities, a tuition-free college-level program for those who have experienced homelessness, transitioned out of incarceration, or faced barriers to a college education. Her classmate Carl Chandler, a community elder, is the class's intellectual leader.

White suburban filmmaker James Rutenbeck documents the students' engagement with the humanities. As he looks for transformations in their lives, he's awakened to the violence, racism and gentrification that threaten their very place in the city. Troubled by his failure to bring the film together, he enlists Kafi and Carl as collaborators. Five years later the students arrive at a new place, and with their support, James does too.

84 minutes
SDH Captioned

Directed by James Rutenbeck
Produced by Carl Chandler, Kafi Dixon, James Rutenbeck
Executive Producers: Llewellyn Smith, Anne Marie Stein
Editor: James Rutenbeck
Directors of Photography: Allie Humenuk, P.H. O'Brien
Written by: James Rutenbeck
Music: Nate May
Executive Producer for Independent Lens: Lois Vossen

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"A superb examination of our city's inbred racial inequities that tackles the subject on both the systemic/structural level and the deeply personal...An absolute must see, especially for white audiences who think they know their hometown."
Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

"This is more than a documentary. Through a masterful combination of personal stories and observations of institutional gatekeeping, the film shows the profound effects of racism, class divides and unbridled urban capitalism. Anyone who seeks to understand how opportunity and power are controlled in urban America, should see this film. Anyone who sees it, will witness human resilience that defies simple explanations and inspires faith in the possible."
Dr. Margaret Wilder, Executive Director, Urban Affairs Association

"A powerful film that lays bare the transformative force of the humanities in our lives in these turbulent and troubling times."
Cornel West, Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice, Union Theological Seminary

"A powerful story about a community coming to terms with social justice and equality in an age of rapid globalization and development. Drawing on a meaningful collaboration, the producers eloquently document the struggle to overcome racial injustices and create inclusive economic opportunities for all. Teachers, students, and residents alike will benefit from the film's engagement with the many challenges - and opportunities - that cities face in the twenty-first century."
Dr. Thomas Vicino, Professor of Political Science, Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University, Author, Cities and Suburbs: New Metropolitan Realities in the US

"Shows eloquently the daily struggles of ordinary Black and Brown folk in the face of racism, gentrification, displacement/evictions, and economic distress. The film shows how they have voice, agency, a sense of self-determination, and a deep and growing understanding that individual struggles for survival are not so individual but, in fact, are systemic issues. Viewers are left with an empowering message: People who are not part of the wealth and power structures must continue to demand and organize on behalf of their safe spaces in the face of tremendous odds."
James Jennings, Professor Emeritus of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University

"It is extraordinary. We were in tears. The depth and gentle insight on the part of the filmmaker and the protagonists takes us into their world in a revelatory way."
Sarah Buie, Professor Emerita of Visual and Performing Arts, Clark University

"Both heart-wrenching and heart-warming, A RECKONING IN BOSTON documents the complex, interlocking systems of inequality that constrain the life chances of low-income people of color. By zeroing in on the lives of just a few compelling people, the film provides a vivid and moving complement to more abstract studies of systemic racism and its impacts on everyday lives."
Melissa Checker, Associate Professor of Urban Studies, Queens College CUNY, Author, The Sustainability Myth: Environmental Gentrification and the Politics of Justice

"This is a blistering portrait of race and the urban environment. A RECKONING IN BOSTON dramatizes the many levels that white supremacy plays out both in individual lives and in the systems of a city, such as transit, housing, politics and place. By providing an important window into Boston's legacy of racial division and today's racial wealth divide, Reckoning also reveals the power of education, enduring ideas, facing our own privilege, and fearless community organizing to reshape communities."
Chuck Collins, Director, Program on Inequality and the Common Good, Institute for Policy Studies

"I am kind of blown away by it. I'm teaching a course on democracy and liberal education next semester...I almost certainly would like to include this film in the class."
Bob Taylor, Professor of Political Science, University of Vermont

"Takes on major issues of class, gender and race in the city of Boston through the lens of two Black people in Dorchester. Issues of racism and gentrification, but also redemption, are given a uniquely personal form in this evocative, elegiac but ultimately hopeful depiction of two people making their way in the contemporary American city. A deeply personal account."
John Rennie Short, Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Author, Geopolitics: Making Sense of a Changing World

"An extraordinary collaboration...A compelling film about hope, doubt, learning to trust, and learning community... It's a powerful documentary, one that those who create community and those who want to participate in that creation, should watch."
Rebecca Romani, Vanguard Culture

"Inspirational and challenging."
Jeremy Jones, The Riot Act

"A RECKONING IN BOSTON is something that makes the young people of today want to wake up and fight for what is right...This type of issue is something that is not just happening in Boston but across the nation. Especially in urban underdeveloped neighborhoods. This documentary is heartbreaking but eye-opening. It was brilliant and gave the viewers a sense of hope and encouragement to find a way to help their neighbors out."
Imani Hill, The Suffolk Journal

"The story told in the film is one of 'understanding,' of an outsider learning about the true reality of life for many Bostonians."
Daniel Sheenan, Dorchester Reporter

"I've been awakened, I've been set straight, by James Rutenbeck's new documentary, A RECKONING IN BOSTON."
Gerald Peary, The Arts Fuse

"The film hit me harder the second time; once I knew the basic storyline, I could then listen more carefully, feel more deeply, and see things that I hadn't noticed in the first viewing. There are so many levels at which to experience the film."
Jane Feinberg, Full Frame Communications

"Go see A RECKONING IN BOSTON. The film highlights why we need to think seriously about this mayoral candidate and city councilors and their stance on housing displacement and who has the right to space."
Saher Selod, Society for the Solution of Societal Problems

"This is an in-depth look at justice in the city of Boston and justice as it resides in the hearts of individuals facing poverty and systemic racism. Women, in particular, bear the brunt of insecurity in the areas of housing, food, education, and the trauma of losing loved ones to police brutality. The film examines how lives can be transformed through community engagement and self-discovery."
Michele Wakin, Professor of Sociology, Director of Center for Urban Poverty, Bridgewater State University, Author, Hobo Jungle: A Homeless Community in Paradise

"Through their life's journeys, the film's producers expose the mechanisms of the wide racial divide and its cumulative effects over time. A RECKONING IN BOSTON hits home hard and is a must-see for anyone that wants to understand how white privilege and racism work."
Randy Albelda, Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Massachusetts Boston, Co-author, Unlevel Playing Fields: Understanding Wage Inequality and Wage Discrimination

published CRUTCH Resources in CRUTCH 2022-01-19 10:14:57 -0500

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What Is What
Bill Shannon's art and his ideas as they reflect his life, environment and cultural influence


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CRUTCH chronicles the gravity defying life of Bill Shannon, an internationally renowned artist, breakdancer and skate punk — on crutches.


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Two decades of exclusive access, plus a lifetime of archival footage, depict Bill Shannon from his early years, to his rise as an award-winning dancer and cutting-edge performance artist whose work finds outlet at prestigious venues worldwide.

CRUTCH documents Bill's extraordinary journey: the history of his medical odyssey and his struggles with chronic pain, the evolution of his crutch dancing and skating, his rise to become a world-renowned performance artist, and his transformation from an angry skate punk to an international hero.

CRUTCH also dives into Bill's provocative street performances, in which he exposes the hidden world of assumptions disabled people encounter in public, on a daily basis. While the film questions his early exploitation of strangers' good Samaritan impulses, it also marvels at Bill's ability to create solutions and empower others to navigate similar challenges.

From childhood "cripple" to international provocateur, CRUTCH is an emotional story of a one-of-a-kind artist's struggle to be understood.

96 minutes
SDH Captioned

Directed by Sachi Cunningham, Vayabobo
Produced by Vayabobo, Sachi Cunningham
Writer: Vayabobo
Executive Producers: Stephen Nemeth, Michael Levin, Sarah Evans, Billy Graves, Tim Cunningham, Nancy Blachman
Co-Executive Producers: Earl Cole, Betsy Stahl
Editor: Nick Bradford
Directors of Photography: Sachi Cunningham, Vayabobo
Music: George Karpasitis, Te'Amir Sweeney
Music Supervisor: Jennifer Lanchart
A Vayabobo/Seasachi Film

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"You realize that CRUTCH may be about him, but it's also about us. Beneath its surface lays a strong critique of you, me, and all the ways we interact with individuals who have disabilities...CRUTCH suggests we discard our own metaphorical crutch, which is our presumptions about how to manage encounters with disabled individuals, and move, maybe unsteadily, to a place where we ask, rather than assume."
Erin Bomboy, The Dance Enthusiast

"A brilliant intersection of performance, movement science, and social commentary."
Pamela Block, Prof, Sociocultural Anthropology, Western University

"Watching Bill Shannon dance can be enthralling, disturbing and voyeuristically captivating. But what makes him such a singular artist is that he's likely to be carefully observing you, too...A powerful film."
Andrew Gilbert, KQED

"Sheds light on a much-overlooked artist who has created unlimited possibilities within his own limited situation. It's what they call 'flipping the script on traditional disability narratives.'"
Nadja Sayej, Forbes

"This is truly an inspiring story of overcoming constraints to make yourself a new kind of presence in the world...Moving in his own way, he seems to float above the ground. The crutches do not keep him earthbound. They make him fly."
Bradley Gibson, Film Threat

"CRUTCH is a global story, a powerful story, a transformational story, and one which will have you re-evaluating your own perspectives. From childhood 'cripple' to international provocateur, CRUTCH is an engrossing, emotional story of an artist's struggle to be understood."
Dance Informa Magazine

"Entertaining and enlightening."
Carla Hay, Culture Mix

"A cohesive and forward-moving story that will make you wonder why you've ever griped about anything."
Tony Frankel, Stage and Cinema

"His art didn't fit in with traditional styles, so he forged his own path and quickly invented an artistic language to explore the boundaries of his body and creativity. His dancing became political art...CRUTCH evolves into a fascinating study of art that asks about your own preconceptions."
Ricardo Gallegos, Shuffle Online

"THIS is a dancer you've never seen before...This is a great film to watch to celebrate the human spirit and unlimited human potential."
Trina Boice, Movie Review Mom

"Authentic and powerful documentary...We could all take a page from [Bill] Shannon's playbook."
Jennifer Vintzileaos, Starry Magazine

"A mind-blowing participatory work."
Mark Rifkin, This Week In New York

"A wonderful portrait of a man following his heart to do wondrous things."
Steve Kopian, Unseen Films

"A refreshing perspective that will grab your attention...It pushes past cynicism to teach and entertain and delight."
Liz Whittemore, Reel News Daily

"An exhilarating recounting of the artistry of Bill Shannon."
Brad Schreiber, Brad Schreiber

"A rare and necessary mirror to the able-bodied viewer's deeply ingrained subconscious perceptions of the disabled."
Michael Dequina, The Movie Report

published THE EMOJI STORY 2021-12-14 16:04:15 -0500


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In THE EMOJI STORY we explore the complex, conflict-prone, and often hilarious world of the creators, lovers, and arbiters of emoji, our world's newest pictorial language.



The rapid rise of emoji (Japanese for "picture character") is a global phenomenon without precedent. Their widespread use and ability to convey complex messages have not only cemented emoji's place as an emerging digital language, but prompted difficult questions about the creation of a language and digital communication's fraught ties to identity and inclusion.

In THE EMOJI STORY, directors Martha Shane and Ian Cheney lead viewers on a deep dive into the ever evolving world of picture characters, from their humble beginnings in Japan to mobile keyboards the world over, and shed fresh light on the private consortium that approves new emoji offerings and the individuals fighting to make the language more representative of its billions of users.

Directed by Martha Shane After Tiller, From This Day Forward and Ian Cheney King Corn, The Search for General Tso, The City Dark, Truck Farm, Bluespace, The Greening of Southie, A Sense of Wonder.

Premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival as PICTURE CHARACTER.


79 minutes
SDH captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

Directed by Martha Shane, Ian Cheney
Produced by Ian Cheney, Jennifer 8. Lee, Martha Shane
Executive Producers: Fred Benenson, Peter Friedland
Editor: Frederick Shanahan
Cinematographers: Emily Topper, Ian Cheney, Lucy Martens
Original Score: Ben Fries, Simon Beins
Opening Titles & In-Film Graphics: Ben Radatz, Sean Donnelly
Associate Producers: Margaux Sax, Chirstina Choe


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"Emojis are everywhere - on texts, tweets, Facebook pages, Instagram, are used equally by artists, politicians, advertisers, and others. What is happening? Does emoji writing constitute a new language? Something is definitely going on. This documentary provides an excellent overview of what is going on, how we got there, and where we are going. It is for both emoji users and non-users."
Marcel Danesi, Professor of Anthropology, University of Toronto, Author, The Semiotics of Emoji: The Rise of Visual Language in the Age of the Internet

"Enlightening...Clever...Everything you always wanted to know about emojis, but were afraid to ask."
Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

Peter Keough, The Boston Globe

"You should never have this much fun learning about Unicode...It's a doc, but also an underdog story...Fascinating."
Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica

"A fascinating insight into something that everybody now takes for granted - and gives people some background to what they are cultivating and curating in the name of friendship and connection across the information highway."
John Higgins, Film and TV Now

"Interesting...A fun look at the importance of emojis...Conveys the spirit of happiness that emojis are supposed to have."
Nathaniel Muir, AIPT Comics

"Incredible creation stories...Who gets to be represented?"
Arielle Pardes, Wired

"A funny, witty and engaging documentary that explores the multifaceted aspects of emojis, the global digital pictograms that are bedazzling communication and cultural representation. THE EMOJI STORY points towards new pathways to learning and education, and is a must watch in classrooms and community settings."
Sanjay Asthana, Professor at the School of Journalism and Strategic Media, Middle Tennessee State University, Co-author, Palestinian Youth Media and the Pedagogies of Estrangement


"Fun, lighthearted...Inspiring."
Dami Lee, The Verge

"THE EMOJI STORY tells the history of emojis and unpacks their cultural significance on a global scale. This fascinating documentary is a welcome addition to the media and cultural studies curriculum."
Laurie Ouellette, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, University of Minnesota

"Highlight[s] the importance of representation in how we communicate...Endearing and inspiring."
Marty Swant, Adweek

The idea of a feature-length documentary about emojis may sound whimsical, but the more filmmakers Ian Cheney and Martha Shane probe the topic, the more intriguing questions are opened up."
Jake Wilson, The Age

"It all makes for fascinating viewing."
Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Hammer to Nail

"Informative, entertaining...It's all bound to make you think twice before sending your next text — and wonder what imagery is missing that could make that message even more impactful."
Edwin Arnaudin, Asheville Movies

"This is probably one of the most insightful documentaries about the shaping of our modern language I've seen in some time."
Khadjiah Johnson, Black Nerd Problems

"A globe-trotting adventure that is as fun as it is thoughtful in exploring the sensitivities involved in the ongoing creation of a new language right before our eyes."
Stephen Saito, The Moveable Fest


published THE DIVIDED BRAIN Resources in THE DIVIDED BRAIN 2021-11-24 15:58:59 -0500



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THE DIVIDED BRAIN explores Iain McGilchrist's pioneering exploration of the differences between the brain's right and left hemispheres and their effects on society, history, and culture.



THE DIVIDED BRAIN is a mind-altering odyssey about one man's quest to prove a growing imbalance in our brains, and to help us understand how this makes us increasingly unable to grapple with critical economic, environmental and social issues; ones that shape our very future as a species.

THE DIVIDED BRAIN follows Dr. Iain McGilchrist on a journey of discovery as he travels to meet his champions and critics and defends his vision on the implications of his theory. Dr. McGilchrist is a prominent British psychiatrist and neuroscientist who may have uncovered an insidious problem with the way our brains function. He has been compared to Freud and Darwin. He believes that one half of our brain—the left hemisphere— is slowly taking power, and that we in the Western world are simultaneously feeding its ambitions. This half of the brain is very proficient at creating technologies, procedures and systems, but it cannot understand the implications of these on the people and the world around it.

McGilchrist knows that if he is right, we may be creating the technologies and the conditions that will spell our own downfall. With the clock ticking on critical issues, he must make his case and help us all to find ways to restore balance before it's too late.


78 minutes
SDH captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

Directed by Manfred Becker
Produced by Vanessa Dylyn
Executve Producers: Vanessa Dylyn, Niki Barbery Bleyleben, Kirkland Newman Smulders
Writers: Stephen Milton, Vanessa Dylyn
Director of Photography: John M. Tran
Editors: Dave Kazala, Eamonn O'Connor, Edwin Janzen, Regan Latimer
Original Score: Alex Khaskin
Digital Media Producer: Cathleen MacDonald
Narrator: Seana McKenna


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"An inordinate number of people will revive, thrive and flourish as a result of this film."
Dr. Miranda Banks, Author, Fitter, Faster, Stronger, Smarter


The film operates on many levels as a science documentary, a philosophical debate, a political essay, and environmental film, drawing links from each field to further the conversation about the interconnectedness of our world and our ways of thinking...The Divided Brain invites audiences to dive deeper into the ideas proposed by these conversations. It encourages us to expand our ways of thinking to save the planet, and there's no doubt that's the first step we collectively need to take."
Pat Mullen, POV Magazine

"One of the most powerful and thought-provoking films on the subject... And now, with the world gripped by a mysterious virus that literally came out of nowhere, this documentary allows one to question if the right decisions and proper actions are now in place to deal with the post-COVID-19 world of tomorrow."
Rita DeMontis, Toronto Sun

"Dr. Iain McGilchrist is one of the most profound thinkers alive, not only on the brain, but on art, philosophy and the human condition, and this fascinating film, so much deeper than almost all films on the brain, is a fabulous entry point to this most poetic and soulful man's thoughts...You can't help but be changed and broadened by encountering these revelations, and you can't help but understand yourself, and the world around you, better for having watched it.
Dr. Norman Doidge, Author, The Brain's Way of Healing and The Brain That Changes Itself

"The Divided Brain is a very powerful documentary that has not shied from including critical voices. It conveys, with great clarity and conviction, the immeasurable dangers of the colonization of the brain by the left-brain hemisphere."
Sunil Kumar, PhD, former dean, London School of Economics and Political Science

"A stunning film!"
Gerald Ashley, Visiting Fellow at Newcastle Business School, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

"McGilchrist has a remarkably imaginative, creative and learned mind. He has created a grand synthesis that spans his experiences treating neuropsychiatric patients and his encyclopedic knowledge of literature and the arts. It should be no surprise that such an original and ambitious project is vulnerable to criticism. Nonetheless, McGilchrist's central claim - that we urgently need to rebalance our thinking - is not only broadly correct but also of tremendous social importance."
Anthony Jack, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Psychology, Neurology, Neuroscience and Organizational Behavior, Case Western Reserve University

"This provocative and evocative movie brings forward a timely and important question about how we use our brains: whether certain aspects are being driven by modern culture, and in turn driving us toward smaller and more specialized views of the world. How this question is answered may have significant consequences on how we relate to ourselves, each other and our planet."
Judson A. Brewer, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Research and Innovation, Mindfulness Center, Brown University

"The Divided Brain
is a universally accessible in-depth journey-backed by scientific findings of how humans process and interpret our world-into the benefits as well as the potential costs of a structuralist approach to societal development. Interestingly, the film explores how the mapping of the functional specialization of the cerebral hemispheres reflects not only how humans explore and manipulate the laws of nature to our benefit, but also how overdependence on empirical structuralism results in unforeseen consequences. This thought-provoking approach should leave viewers questioning the current zeitgeist, as by eschewing the gestalt in favor of immediate technological benefit we may in fact be missing the forest for the trees."
Robert Assini, PhD, Neuroscientist

"An extraordinary film that traverses science, art, nature, history, culture, music, education and humor, and thereby skillfully exemplifies its subtle, visionary, beautiful and timely message."
Dr. Jonathan Rowson, Scottish Chess Grandmaster, former Director, Social Brain Centre at the RSA

"Beautifully filmed, aesthetically pleasing and completely engrossing...Magnificent work."
Sylvie Hammerson, European Dana Alliance for the Brain

"An absolutely brilliant film!"
Camila Batmanghelidjh, CBE, Founder, Kids Company

"A remarkable piece of work...It deserves as wide an audience as possible."
Michael Driver, Chairman, Convex Capital

"A fascinating documentary which filled me with admiration for the amazingly rich and amusingly imaginative human brain."
Leslie Caron, Academy Award nominee, Gigi and An American in Paris

"So much food for thought for how we live...A great film - urge you to see it!"
Nina Jasinski, Chief Marketing Officer, Ogilvy UK

"A fascinating look at the brain and how fragile its overall chemistry truly is."
David Voigt, In the Seats

"The work of Iain McGilchrist is essential to understanding the dangerous imbalance in our thinking and culture between what he characterizes as left and right hemisphere thinking. This engaging film vividly dramatizes his important message and as such should be widely viewed in educational circles that aspire to a more humane future."
David Lorimer, Program Director, Scientific and Medical Network, Author, A Quest for Wisdom, Editor, Paradigm Explorer

"Provocative...To further test his theory, [McGilchrist] looks at history, the animal kingdom, early childhood development, and other cultures and is convinced Western society is over-emphasizing the left hemisphere in education, work, finance, and government. With a fascinating look at the brain and its implications for mankind, this film is recommended."
Trudie Root, Video Librarian


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The Boys Who Said NO!

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In THE BOYS WHO SAID NO!, young Americans, barely adults, find their faith in their country shaken by the Vietnam War. Inspired by Black America’s crusade for equal rights, young Americans choose to resist the Vietnam War, and openly refuse military service, risking prison to end the horrors of war.

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THE BOYS WHO SAID NO! is the first documentary film to profile the young men and women who actively opposed the military draft in order to end the Vietnam War. The film shows how their personal and collective acts of nonviolent resistance, risking arrest and imprisonment for up to 5 years, were a critical part of the antiwar movement, intensifying opposition to the war and eventually forcing an end to both conscription and the war.

Drawing on original interviews with more than thirty male and female nonviolent activists and historians, THE BOYS WHO SAID NO! explores the influence of Gandhian nonviolence and the impact of the civil rights movement on Resistance members, a connection illustrated in footage of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. visiting and supporting Joan Baez and others jailed for blocking the Oakland Induction Center in 1967.

THE BOYS WHO SAID NO! is an overdue and definitive account of the principled and powerful nonviolent resistance to America's most problematic war. These young men risked years in prison to challenge a war of tragic human proportions. Their leadership, personal sacrifices, and example had a direct effect on ending the war, and are an important example for today's movements for social justice and peace.

95 minutes
SDH Captioned

Directed by Judith Ehrlich
Produced by Christopher Jones, Judith Ehrlich, Bill Prince
Executive Producers: Clara Bingham, Robert Estrin, Alan Gould, Robert Levering and Carolyn Leone Levering, Robert and Marie Weissbourd, Bob Zaugh
Editor: Scott Walton
Writers: Michael Chandler, Judith Ehrlich
Composer: Beth Custer
Narrator: Michael Stewart Foley

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"Terrific film...An ode to the power of activism."
G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle

"Some films are too important not to see. THE BOYS WHO SAID NO! is one of those films. There are many different kinds of courage. Having moral and social courage to stand up for what one believes in is perhaps one of the most courageous things anyone can do. Watch THE BOYS WHO SAID NO! to educate yourself on an important part of American history and watch it to renew your faith in the belief that your voice also has the power to make a lasting difference."
Documentary Drive

"A stand out film...THE BOYS WHO SAID NO! is a playbook for the resistors of conscience putting individual belief in combined effort to change the minds of America. Profound and startling in its revelation of how the revolution to justice starts with one person understanding their power to say no. Fascinating because it is a movement from the beginning to end offering lessons learnt to future fighters for justice."
Annie McLoughlin, Showreel

"There's more courage and moral integrity in this documentary than in any fictional blockbuster. The wars now underway and those being threatened are as unjust as those 50 years ago, and with women being added to draft registration, we need more saying NO. We also need to recognize the scale of the horror of the war on Southeast Asia and avoid the foolishness of desiring a draft. Our planet is imperiled by military spending, and the time to learn from and act on the lessons of this film is not in the future. It is right now."
David Swanson, Executive Director of, Campaign Coordinator for, Advisory Board Member of Veterans For Peace

"Wonderful, truly inspiring and informative, with a powerful message about the necessity of resisting unjust war and the imperative of nonviolence. The linkage to the civil rights movement and the role of Dr. King is brilliant and critically important. A fantastic job on an essential film that everyone who cares about justice and peace will want to see."
David Cortright, Vietnam-era Veteran, Director of Policy Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame

"THE BOYS WHO SAID NO! tells an important story...Theirs was a cause built on fundamental American responsibilities - that we speak truth to power and resist the unjust, unjustifiable, and illegal. It's an engaging, compelling documentary with considerable relevance today. And there's a lesson in it that transcends the Vietnam era: that individual actions can make a difference."
Leonard Steinhorn, Affiliate Professor of History, School of Communication, American University

"There is never a blueprint for social movements - there are templates - and this film is an important one. It's powerful. ...beautifully highlights another link on the chain of the long arch of American activism."
Susan Erenrich, Ph.D., Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, School of Professional and Extended Studies, American University

"Finally, an account that shows the diversity of the antiwar movement! History comes alive in this thorough account of draft resistance, its roots in the Civil Rights Movement, and the eventual fusion of the two. Young viewers fighting for equity and a healthy planet will be particularly appreciative of this chance to witness the efficacy of creative nonviolent actions, while those who think they know the Vietnam War era well will learn new details about the coalitions that were formed in the efforts to end it."
Elise Lemire, Professor of Literature, Purchase College SUNY, Author, Battle Green Vietnam: The 1971 March on Concord, Lexington, and Boston

"Shows how bravery and courage are contagious. As this feature presents, it's when one steps out of the pages of history that people can pave a way for real change. Successful resistance doesn't have to be violent, and social change can start from the smallest of acts. An interesting, thought-provoking and ultimately challenging film, THE BOYS WHO SAID NO! is not to be missed."
Joel Kalkopf, Switch

"This inspiring and long-overdue documentary explores a decisive era in recent American history...An excellent service in memorializing this enduring portrait of America during an earlier time of momentous inner conflict."
Emily Mendel, Culture Vulture

"Make it a must-see."
Local News Matters, Bay Area

"Enlightening and absorbing...A film that speaks to the present as eloquently and as urgently to its audience as the resistors did to their audiences 50 years ago. THE BOYS WHO SAID NO! is too important a film to be missed."
Emily Chase,

"An insightful and comprehensive documentary. The film is especially prescient today as it dovetails in with the Civil Rights movement and the current issues relating to the racial divide in America and the rest of the world."
Peter Krausz, Movie Metropolis, WYN-FM Melbourne

"A powerful film. Ninety minutes of goodness."
KTVU, Fox Mornings on 2

"A fascinating documentary about the lengths that a government would go to in order to keep a war machine working, and also the ways in which passive as well as active protest can be a tool of change."
Samaya Boron, Right Now

"A fascinating exploration of the protest movement that helped reinforce draft resistance during the Vietnam War era."
Dov Kornits, Filmink

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Center on Conscience and War

Courage to Resist

Metta Center for Nonviolence

Resource Center for Nonviolence 

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Sir! No Sir! 2005 documentary from Bullfrog Films about the anti-war movement within the ranks of the United States Armed Forces during the Vietnam War.

The Most Dangerous Man in America, Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith, filmmakers. Oscar-nominated documentary that goes to the heart of the lies and deceptions that drove the Vietnam War and the courage it took to release the Pentagon Papers.

The Good War and Those Who Refused To Fight It Produced and directed by Judith Ehrlich, this is the story of conscientious objectors during World War II.



Draft Resisters and Related

Dancis, Bruce. Resister: A Story of Protest and Prison during the Vietnam War. Cornell University Press. 2014. Autobiography of a resister.

Elmer, Jerry. Felon for Peace: The Memoir of a Vietnam-Era Draft Resister. Vanderbilt University Press, 2005.

Ferber, Michael and Staughton Lynd.  The Resistance.  Boston: Beacon Press, 1971. Survey of the draft resistance movement.

Foley, Michael S. Confronting the War Machine: Draft Resistance During the Vietnam War. University of North Carolina Press. 2003. A history of the draft resistance movement focused on the Boston group.

Gaylin, Willard, MD., In the Service of Their Country: War Resisters in Prison. Viking Press, 1970. A psychological study of resisters written by a psychiatrist/psychoanalyst.

Gottlieb, Sherry Gershon.  Hell No, We Won’t Go!  Resisting the Draft During the Vietnam War.  New York: Viking Press, 1991. Oral histories of resisters.

Gould, Richard. Refusal to Submit: Roots of the Vietnam War and a Young Man’s Draft Resistance. Susan Kaplan, 2017. A memoir and historical record unveiling a complex and multifaceted antiwar movement, based on personal narrative, meticulous research on the war, and interviews with fellow draft resisters who served time at the federal prison in Safford, Arizona.

Harris, David and Joan Baez Harris.  Coming Out.  Pocket Books, New York.  1971. Written shortly after Harris’s release from prison.

Harris, David.  I Shoulda Been Home Yesterday.  Delacorte Press. 1976. Harris’s account of his time in prison.

Harris, David. Our War: What We Did In Vietnam. Random House. 1996. Memoir of and commentary on the war from Resistance leader David Harris.

Keith, Jeff.  Inmate 31114 – A Draft Resistance Memoir.  Xlibris Corporation, 2006. Served time from 1965 to 1966 for refusing the draft.

Kusch, Frank.  All American Boys- Draft Dodgers in Canada During the Vietnam War.  Westport, CN: Praeger Publishers, 2001.

Naeve, Lowell. A Field of Broken Stones.Libertarian Press, 1950. After being rejected by twenty publishers, the chronicle of a World War II draft resister has become a classic of civil disobedience and objection.

Useem, Michael. Conscription, Protest, and Social Conflict: The Life and Death of a Draft Resistance Movement. John Wiley & Sons, 1973.

Zimmer, Timothy W. L.  Letters of a C.O. from Prison.  Valley Forge, PA: The Judson Press, 1969.

General Histories of the War

Axelrod, Alan. The Real History of the Vietnam War. Sterling Publishing. New York. 2013

Bradley, Mark Philip. Vietnam At War. Oxford University Press. 2009.

Karnow, Stanley. Vietnam: A History. Viking Press. 1983. Highly reviewed.

Lawrence, Mark Atwood. The Vietnam War: A Concise International History. Oxford University Press. 2008.

Neale, Jonathan.  A People’s History of the Vietnam War.  The New Press, New York, 2001. A history told by those who fought the War on both sides.

Rotter, Andrew J.  The Causes of the Vietnam War in The Oxford Companion to American Military History, John Whiteclay Chambers II, Editor.  New York: Oxford UP, 1999.

The Civil Rights Movement

Burns, Stewart.  To the Mountaintop – Martin Luther King Jr.’s Sacred Mission to Save America 1955 – 1968.  Harper, San Francisco.  2004. Biography of Dr. King and movement history with an emphasis on his spiritual base and the use of original documents and oral histories.

Hall, Simon.  Peace and Freedom: The Civil Rights and Antiwar Movements in the 1960s. University of Philadelphia Press.

Lucks, Daniel. Selma to Saigon: The Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. University Press of Kentucky. 2014. Traces the continuity between anti-racism activism and anti-war activism in the 1960s.

Dissent in the Vietnam War Era

Aguilar-San Juan, Karin, and Frank Joyce. The People Make the Peace: Lessons from the Vietnam Antiwar Movement. Essays by nine activists about their involvement in people-to-people diplomacy during visits to Vietnam during the War, including visits to the North.

Berkeley Art Center Association.  The Whole World’s Watching – Peace and Social Justice Movements of the 1969s and 1970s.  2001.  Berkeley, California. Catalog of a 2006 exhibit, focused on northern California with more than 100 photographs.

Bingham, Clara. Witness to the Revolution: Radicals, Resisters, Vets, Hippies, and the Year America Lost Its Mind and Found Its Soul. Random House. New York. 2016. Fascinating survey of dissent in America from August, 1969, to August, 1970.

Burns, Stewart.  Social Movements of the 1960s – Searching for Democracy. Twayne Publishers, Boston.  1990. The continuities between the Civil Rights, the antiwar, and the Women’s Rights Movements, and their impact.

Cluster, Dick, Editor.  They Should Have Served that Cup of Coffee – 7 Radicals Remembers the 60s.  South End Press, Boston, MA, 1979. Essays and interviews with seven activists in social change movements of the 1960s.

Gettleman, Marvin E., Jane Franklin, Marilyn B. Young and H. Bruce Franklin.  Vietnam and America, The Most Documented History of the Vietnam War.  Grove Press, New York, 1995. Extensive collection of essays and original documents telling the history of the War.

Gosse, Van. The Movements of the New Left, 1950-1975: A Brief History with Documents. Bedford/St. Martins. 2005. Original source material.

Hayden, Tom. Hell No: The Forgotten Power of the Vietnam Peace Movement. Yale University Press. 2017. Book-length essay about the meaning of the antiwar movement.

Jeffreys-Jones, Rhodri. Peace Now! American Society and the Ending of the Vietnam War. Yale University Press. 1999. Examines the involvement of students, African-Americans, women, and labor in the anti-war movement.

Lewis, Penny. Hardhats, Hippies, and Hawks: The Vietnam Antiwar Movement as Myth and Memory. Cornell University Press. 2013. Explores the extensive opposition to the Vietnam War among working-class Americans.

Robbins, Mary Susannah. Against the Vietnam War. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 1999. Essays from a wide variety of antiwar activists.

Wells, Tom. The War Within: America’s Battle Over Vietnam. University of California Press. 1994. Year-by-year history of the antiwar movement.


Coyote, Peter.  Sleeping Where I Fall.  A Chronicle.  Counterpoint.  1999. Now an actor, Coyote was deep in 1960s counter-culture life in the Bay Area.

Didion, Joan.  Slouching Towards Bethlehem.  Random House, New York.  2000. Incisive essays about life in the 1960s including her own.

Ellsberg, Daniel.  Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers.  New York, NY: Penguin Books, 2002. The government think-tank insider who broke ranks to reveal a top-secret report detailing government deception about the War.

Gitlin, Todd.  The Sixties; Years of Hope, Days of Rage, New York, NY: Bantam Books, 1987. Insider’s view of the era and particularly the rise and violent collapse of the New Left.

Other Aspects of the War and the Anti-War Movement

Appy, Christian G.  Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered from All Sides.  Penguin Books, 2003. Oral history from participants in all aspects of the war and anti-war experience.

Appy, Christian. Working-class War: American Combat Soldiers and Vietnam. University of North Carolina Press. 1993. Oral history of the war from working-class servicemen, who made up 80% of those who served in Vietnam.

Barkan, Steven E. Protesters on Trial: Criminal Justice in the Southern Civil Rights and Vietnam Antiwar Movements. Rutgers. 1985. Aspects of prosecution of and the legal process for anti-war activists, and the Civil Rights Movement.

Baskir, Lawrence M. and William A. Strauss.   Chance and Circumstance: The Draft, the War and the Vietnam Generation.  New York: Alfred A. Knopf.  1978. Classic survey of the Vietnam-era draft itself – who was drafted and who was not, who resisted, evaded, or escaped, and how..

Kerry, John and Vietnam Veterans Against the War.  The New Soldier.  Edited by John Thorne and George Butler.  Collier Books, New York.  1971. Compelling account of a series of demonstrations and actions by War veterans in 1971, including throwing their medals onto the steps of the US Capitol.


Chung, Nguyen Ba and Kevin Bowen.  6 Vietnamese Poets.  Curbstone Press, Willimantic, CT, 2002.Six Vietnamese poets who came of age during the Vietnam War.

Model, David.  Lying for Empire, How to Commit War Crimes with a Straight Face.  Common Courage Press, 2005. Eight Presidents, and their lies and war crimes, including some of the Vietnam War era.

Perry, Charles.  The Haight-Ashbury – A History.  Vintage Books, Random House, New York.  1985. The center of the counter-culture – sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

Sallah, Michael and Mitch Weiss.  Tiger Force – A True Story of Men and War.  New York & Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 2006. An elite volunteer fighting force descends into a seven-month period of atrocities and war crimes.

Yuki, Tamura and Marilyn B. Young.  Bombing Civilians: A Twentieth-Century History, The New Press, 2008. The modern phenomenon of indiscriminate bombing of civilians.

Photographs of the War

Griffiths, Phillips Jones.  Vietnam Inc. Collier Books, New York.  1971. The War in photographs

Leroy, Catherine, Editor.  Under Fire: Great Photographers and Writers in Vietnam.  Random House, New York, 2005. The War’s photographs, and the stories of the photographers and their subjects.

Nonviolent Social Change

Cooney, Robert P. J. Jr. and Helen Michalowski. The Power of the People – Active Nonviolence in the United States.  Culver City, CA: Peace Press, Inc.  1977. A history of nonviolence social change movements in America.

Gregg, Richard B. The Power of Nonviolence.  J.B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia, 2007.

Lynd, Staughton. Accompanying: Pathways to Social Change. PM Press. Oakland, California. 2013

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