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AK Press goes back to school

This is a repost from the AK Press mailing list. It includes such great reading material that I thought I'd share it with others who read this website, and who also (hopefully) like to read books... if anyone wants to get any of these books for people behind bars, AK press gives a discount for people in prison.
As young people and adults alike return to the classroom for another school year, we continue to confront an education system that is not only clearly failing its many students, but reinforcing the structures of class-based society, white supremacy and gender-based conformity.
While more and more youth, especially those who are poor or of color, are being shuffled off to the military or prison we must ask ourselves some serious questions about the traditions and ideological implications of formal education. In the following we hope you find texts that provide tools for teachers, parents and youth that will help negotiate, find alternatives or subvert an education system that is questionable at best.

A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES ABRIDGED
TEACHING EDITION
VOLUMES 1 and 2
By Howard Zinn
The New Press's Abridged Teaching Edition of A
People's History of the
United States has made Howard Zinn's original
text available
specifically for classroom use. Exercises and
teaching materials
accompany each chapter. Volume I spans American
Beginnings to the
Reconstruction. Volume 2 covers the Civil War to
the present.
 link to www.akpress.org
 http://www.akpress.org/2006/items/peopleshistoryvolumetwo

THE TEENAGE LIBERATION HANDBOOK: HOW TO QUIT
SCHOOL AND GET A REAL LIFE
AND EDUCATION
By Grace Llewellyn
Your life, time, and brain should belong to you,
not an institution.
This handbook is for everyone who has ever gone
to school, but it is
especially a book for teenagers and people with
teenagers in their
lives. This revised and expanded edition has tips
on quitting school,
reclaiming your natural ability to learn and
teach yourself, getting
support from your parents, designing a personal
education, going to
college without going to high school and how
other unschooled teenagers
live and learn.
 http://www.akpress.org/1997/items/teenageliberationhandbook

THE MODERN SCHOOL MOVEMENT: ANARCHISM AND
EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES
By Paul Avrich
This seminal work, based on extensive interviews
with former pupils and
teachers, is an important investigation into the
potential of
educational alternatives. Between 1910 and 1960
anarchists across the
United States established more than 20 schools
wherein children studied
in an atmosphere of freedom and self reliance.
The Modern Schools stood
in sharp contrast to the formality and discipline
of the traditional
classroom and sought to abolish all forms of
authority. Their objective
was to create not only a new type of school, but
also a new society
based on the voluntary cooperation of free
individuals. Among the
participants were Emma Goldman, Margaret Sanger
and Alexander Berkman.
 http://www.akpress.org/2004/items/modernschoolmovement

KILL THE INDIAN, SAVE THE MAN: THE GENOCIDAL
IMPACT OF AMERICAN INDIAN
RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS
By Ward Churchill
Churchill traces the history of the mandatory
transfer of Native
American children away from their families to
residential schools. He
analyzes this as a process of genocide that
included forced assimilation
policies such as the prohibition of the practice
of any national
language or religion. He also catalogues the
forced labor, torture,
starvation and disease that resulted in the death
of half of the
attending children and the traumatization of
survivors which can be
linked to high rates of alcoholism, suicide, and
"the transmission of
trauma to successive generations" leading to
social disintegration.
 http://www.akpress.org/2004/items/killtheindiansavetheman

TEACHING TO TRANSGRESS: EDUCATION AS THE PRACTICE
OF FREEDOM
By bell hooks
In this indispensable and highly influential
book, hooks writes essays
in the varying forms of feminist personal
narratives and/or dialogues,
based on her experience as a black woman (both
student and teacher) in
an educational system dominated by a white male
ethos. The essays all
strive to break down that structure of domination
while sharing
provocative ideas about the transformative power
of "engaged pedagogy."
A collection of 14 essays.
 http://www.akpress.org/1996/items/teachingtotransgress

PEDAGOGY OF THE OPPRESSED
By Paulo Freire
In this important exploration of the
possibilities for liberatory
practice, Freire provides a rationale for a
pedagogy of the oppressed.
Introducing the highly influential notion of
banking education, he
highlights the contrasts between education forms
that treat people as
objects rather than subjects and explores
education as cultural action.
 http://www.akpress.org/1998/items/pedagogyoftheoppressed

CARIBBEAN CONNECTIONS: THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Edited by Anne Gallin, Ruth Glasser and Jocelyn
Santana
This overview and teacher's guide, containing
narrative excerpts,
poetry, articles, maps, lesson plans and more,
provides a useful and
comprehensive overview of Dominican history and
the Dominican diaspora.
The text also presents materials on the Dominican
experience in the
U.S., emphasizing the diversity within that
experience. Forward by Julia
Alvarez.
 link to www.akpress.org

CHOMSKY ON MISEDUCATION
By Noam Chomsky
In this small volume, Chomsky weaves global
technological change and the
primacy of responsible media with the democratic
role of schools and
higher education. He encourages a larger
understanding of our
educational needs, starting with the changing
role of schools today and
a broadening of our views around new models of
public education. A truly
democratic society, he argues, cannot thrive in a
rapidly changing world
unless our approach to education-formal and
otherwise-is dramatically
reformed.
 http://www.akpress.org/2000/items/chomskyonmiseducation

BEYOND HEROES AND HOLIDAYS: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO
K-12 ANTI-RACIST,
MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION AND STAFF DEVDELOPMENT
Edited by Enid Lee, Deborah Menkart and Margo
Okazawa-Rey
A team of editors with extensive backgrounds in
educational equity,
created this book in order to ensure that
multicultural education is
seen as more than merely "learning facts and
information about people's
experiences, cultures, and histories." Comprised
of lessons and readings
submitted by teachers and students, "Beyond
Heroes and Holidays"
empowers its readers by laying the groundwork for
a critical analysis of
the underlying causes of the racism and
inequality that exist in a
multicultural society.
 http://www.akpress.org/2005/items/beyondheroesandholidays

****NEW FROM AK PRESS****

I CRIED, YOU DIDN'T LISTEN
By Dwight Abbott
California spends $400,000,000 annually to
incarcerate children as young
as twelve years old. Every year, the price of a
Stanford University
education buys each of these children horrifying
physical, sexual and
psychological abuse behind the walls and fences
of the California Youth
Authority. This is the chronicle of one person's
experience with the CYA
that reveals how the systematic mistreatment of
children in prison
creates a cycle of criminal behavior that usually
ends in a lifetime in
prison or death.
 http://www.akpress.org/2006/items/icriedyoudidntlisten

THE SUBVERSION OF POLITICS
By George Katsiaficas
Since the modern anti-globalization movement
kicked off with the 1999
WTO protests in Seattle, a new generation has
been engaging in
anti-capitalist direct action. Its aims,
politics, lifestyles, and
tactics grow directly out of the autonomous
social movements that
emerged in Europe from the 1970s through the
mid-1990s. In fact, today's
infamous "Black Blocs" are the direct descendants
of the European
"Autonomen." But rarely are these important
historical connections noted
or understood.
This text sets the record straight, filling in
the gaps between the
momentous events of 1968 and 1999. Katsiaficas
presents the protagonists
of social revolt—Italian feminists, squatters,
disarmament and
anti-nuclear activists, punk rockers, and
anti-fascist street
fighters—in a compelling and sympathetic light.
At the same time, he
offers a work of great critical depth, drawing
from these political
practices a new theory of freedom and autonomy
that redefines the
parameters of the political itself.
 http://www.akpress.org/2006/items/subversionpoliticsakpress

****COMING SOON FROM AK PRESS****

VISION ON FIRE
Edited by David Porter
This expertly chosen collection features the most
important writings
from the turbulent last four years of Emma
Goldman's life. This is the
perfect complement to her celebrated
autobiography, "Living My Life,"
and for those readers inspired by her powerful
collection, "Anarchism
and Other Essays." David Porter reveals Goldman's
struggles with the
contradictions of the Spanish Revolution and her
efforts to maintain
integrity and vision in the heat of political
activism. Contemporary
readers will find "Vision on Fire" a high-caliber
history book as well
as an honest depiction of the complex world of
libertarian revolution.
 http://www.akpress.org/2006/items/visiononfireakpress

****NEW FROM AK PRESS DISTRIBUTION****

DISPATCHES FROM HELL: A VEGAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE,
SEX, RELATIONSHIPS, AND
OTHER SUICIDAL TENDENCIES
By Daniel Peyser
From the folks who brought you the indespensible
"Vegan Freak," this is
an honest, funny, vulgar, yet touching look at
finding love as a vegan.
Part autobiography, part how-to manual that
includes tips on everything
from meeting the parents to vegan safe sex.
 link to www.akpress.org

WHO IS BOZO TEXINO DVD
By Bill Daniel
Bill Daniel's homegrown epic documentary is as
kinetic and raggedly
beautiful as the trains he hopped to make it. The
film is the chronicle
of a 16-year search for the source of a
ubiquitous rail graffiti - a
simple sketch of a blank-staring character with
an infinity-shaped hat -
a drawing seen on railcars for over 80 years.
During Daniel's quest he
discovered the roots of a folkloric tradition
that has gone mostly
unnoticed for a century. Taking inspiration from
Beat artists Robert
Frank and Jack Kerouac, the film functions both
as a subcultural
documentary and a stylized fable on wanderlust,
outsider identity, and
escape.
 http://www.akpress.org/2006/items/whoisbozotexinodvd

UNNATURAL DISASTER: THE NATION ON HURRICANE
KATRINA
Edited by Betsy Reed
In the months following Hurricane Katrina's
devastating landfall on the
Gulf Coast, "The Nation" published a series of
articles and editorials
documenting the gross negligence of the Bush
administration, the
failures of neoliberalism and the efforts of
organizers and residents to
rebuild communities. This riveting selection of
pieces features writing
and reporting by Naomi Klein, Christian Parenti,
Mike Davis, Earl Ofari
Hutchinson and Billy Sothern among others.

DF: IDIOTS ON PARADE
Shake It, Ink
In this 112 page, full color volume you will find
the first overview of
both the legal and illegal creations of the
notorious DF crew who made
their mark individually and collectively around
the world. Graffiti art,
especially that of the DF crew, is produced by
some of the most
passionate, dedicated and talented artists
around. "DF: Idiots on
Parade" is a colorful, grotesque, fascinating and
fantastic display that
testifies not only to the multifaceted nature of
street art but also to
the versatility of the individuals who create it.
 http://www.akpress.org/2006/items/DFIdiotsonparade

BEHIND THE MASK: THE STORY OF THE PEOPLE WHO RISK
EVERYTHING TO SAVE
ANIMALS DVD
Produced by Uncaged Films
Director Shannon Keith goes "behind the mask" and
captures the hearts
and souls of men and women who unveil their
individual struggles for
animal liberation. People of all ages and
backgrounds from all over the
globe tell their tales of liberation,
incarceration, sacrifice, and
determination, while exclusive underground
footage reveals
heart-thumping action sure to leave you on the
edge of your seat.
 link to www.akpress.org


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What exactly do Friends get? Well, besides that
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the last 8 months the Friends of AK received 13
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Ramor Ryan) and 2
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You can also find these titles at The Blackrose Collective Bookstore... 05.Sep.2006 13:19

Blackrose Collective volunteer Blackrosecollective@riseup.net

You can also find these AK titles,plus many mor in Portland at the Blackrose Collective Bookstore in North Portland...

Blackrose Collective Bookstore & Community Resource Center
Is a community owned business based on the principles of cooperation not competition.Serving the cultural and economic diversity of our neighborhood.Blackrose seeks to provide the education & tools for people to recognize and respond to all forms of oppression.

4038 N.Mississippi Ave,Portland,OR 97227
 blackrosecollective@riseup.net
OPEN: Tuesday thru Sunday Noon till 8pm


best community porch-Willamette Week

In the midst of trendy restaurants, galleries and coffee shops in NoPo's Mississippi district lies the Mississippi Avenue Co-op (4034 N Mississippi Ave.), a collective dedicated to sustainable living and keeping the community real. The house has been run as a communal space for the past six years; Portland Collective Housing bought it in August 2003. One of the collective's many contributions to the neighborhood is the Free Porch. While it is frequented by homeless individuals, anyone can rummage through free clothes, produce and household items. House members have maintained their commitment to the porch even after neighborly complaints to police about the mess. Freebies are now kept tidy in donated containers.