New Media We Recommend
Below is a list of new materials that we have read/watched in recent weeks. The comments are not a “review” of the material, instead sort of an endorsement of ideas and investigations that can provide solid analysis and even inspiration in the struggle for change. All these items are available at The Bloom Collective, so check them out and stimulate your mind.
A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola, by Ricardo Cortez – This 40 – paged book is a gem. Not only does the author include fabulous illustrations about the recreational narcotics millions consume, but a beautiful literary approach to sharing information about these substances. However, what makes this book so fabulous, is that it provides new information about recently discovered documents. These documents show a long standing relationship with officials from Coca Cola and the US Federal Bureau of Narcotics, which not only resulted in domestic drug policies, but international anti-narcotics treaties adopted by the United Nations. These agreements essentially made coca production illegal by anyone, with one exception…….the Coca Cola Company. It is not surprising information, but should provide further evidence of the sinister nature of the largest global beverage company and why they should be despised by everyone with a conscience. Not your average coffee table book.
Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges of US Empire, Interviews with Noam Chomsky – by David Barsamian – This is the latest collection of interviews between Chomsky and Barsamian and they are as fresh and dynamic as the ones between these two that were done 20 years ago. Covering a two-year period from Spring of 2010 through Spring of 2012, these interviews deal with the Arab Uprising, the US Occupy Movement, organizing, the Obama administration, the Middle East, Latin America and Southeast Asia. Chomsky and Barsamian have a long-standing relationship, which makes the interviews flow and easier to follow. Like much of what Chomsky has to say, I found this collection of interview inspiring and intellectually stimulating.
Our Food, Our Right: Recipes for Food Justice, published by the Community Alliance for Global Justice – The book was a community project that involved dozens of people who are passionate about food and food justice. If you are looking for a great resource on how food justice and food sovereignty are practiced, then Our Food, Our Right is worth looking at. This is a collection of fact sheets, poetry and local stories on food justice. The book includes profiles of farmers involved in this project, examples of transnational solutions to hunger and sustainable agriculture, plus pages of delicious recipes. There are even pages devoted to canning, drying a freezing. This is one of the best and most comprehensive collection of writings on food justice as it should be practiced. Highly recommended.
Precious Knowledge: Arizona’s Battle over Ethnic Studies (DVD) – Precious Knowledge interweaves the stories of students in the Mexican American Studies Program at Tucson High School. While 48 percent of Mexican American students currently drop out of high school, Tucson High’s Mexican American Studies Program has become a national model of educational success, with 100 percent of enrolled students graduating from high school and 85 percent going on to attend college. Lawmakers and politicians mount a public relations campaign to discredit the passionate students, claiming that Paulo Freire’s textbook The Pedagogy of the Oppressed teaches victimization and sedition. Officials ask that the classroom’s Che Guevara posters be replaced with portraits of founding father Benjamin Franklin. Meanwhile, the students answer back by fighting for what they believe is the future of public education for the entire nation, especially as the Latino demographic continues to grow.