From Lyle Daggett: It was very intense. I enjoyed all of the panels, though I found my energies fading toward the end of each day. This was likely, in part, because of the limited breaktime between the panels — one event after another, all day, both days. The previous two times I’ve been to the […]
Just started the first panel on Sunday–Histories of Social & Community Action. It’s shaping up to be another great community activists meeting day. Yesterday was a great conference day from start to finish. Lots of great conversations about civil action, education, and publishing/writing. Many people showed up throughout the day as well–at one point I […]
Mandy Gardner is a panelist on Prison Writing and Performance: the current situation and prospects for change.The panel is part of Albuquerque Cultural Conference’s Sunday morning theme of Resilience and the Word. Mandy says she is teaching creative writing at the Albuquerque county jail to find ways to draw the incarcerated and marginalized women into […]
One of the largest questions brought up about the techie world is the question of connection. Do we lose too much or gain more from our constant use of digital media? Dave Pell discusses the topic here: http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2011/08/24/139914259/does-the-internet-make-you-more-or-less-connected?sc=fb&cc=fp Everyone has to answer for themselves how connected or un-connected being online, checking their phone, using their […]
Roberto Rodriguez is a fighting teacher, one of the architects and defenders of Ethnic Studies programs in the Arizona state school system and a leading opponent of the right-wing drive to censor textbooks and ban statewide instruction in high school Mexican-American Studies. This battle is intrinsically connected with the militarization of the U.S.-Mexican border in […]
For me, this is what the Cultural Conference has to offer: an animated forum for discussion and exchange.
Margaret Randall writes: Age has a lot to do with who I feel I am, and how I see myself today. Age for me means experience: where I have been, with whom, the mentors who continue to nourish me (even those long gone), the movements I’ve witnessed and in which I’ve been privileged to participate, […]
Here’s a wonderful interview with the editors of the The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities, courtesy of Bitch Magazine: http://bitchmagazine.org/post/bibliobitch-the-revolution-starts-at-home-a-qa-with-the-editors Towards the end of the interview, there’s quite a list of resources about interpersonal violence and activism as well.
I’ve been thinking quite a lot about the costs of war, then I saw this post today: http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/the_cost_of_americas_wars_felt_but_unknown_20110817/ $9.7 billion a month. What would a $9.7 billion a month increase mean for our education system? Medicare? Welfare programs and unemployment? How much aid could we send to drought savaged areas and weather torn disaster areas […]
With the Albuquerque Cultural Conference just three weekends away – August 26-28, 2011 – things are beginning to move quickly. Be sure to check here often in the upcoming weeks to find out what people are thinking about the conference, not to mention the world we live in. Panel moderators have developed their discussions and, […]
I Believe by Cindy Florez I believe in a life that comes between sleep and wake. A wicked and uncontrollable space in time. The feeling of being pulled out of your body and taken to an unknown place. Not being able to move, not being able to scream for help. Eyes open, but not seeing. […]