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  • Ben Dickson, Hunt Emerson, and John Spelling at Falmouth Comic Art Show

    October 27, 2013

    October 27th, 2013
    Falmouth Comic Art Show
    Poly Arts Cenrte, Falmouth, Cornwall, UK

    Fight the Power! author Ben Dickson and illustrators Hunt Emerson  and John Spelling will be attending the Falmouth Comic Art Show in Cornwall today, October 27th. Author Sean Michael Wilson will be video-chatting in! For more details, check out the festival website here.

    Fight the Power! is a new kind of history book: a graphic narrative that explains how ordinary people have fought against oppression across time. Authors Sean Michael Wilson and Benjamin Dickson team up with illustrators Hunt Emerson, John Spelling, and Adam Pasion to show how this process has been played out again and again throughout history–and has slowly but surely led to hard-won rights for the people along the way. Focusing on the English-speaking nations, Wilson and Dickson chronicle the struggles of the Luddites and Swing Riots in the early 1800s, through the Irish Rebellions that lasted through 1922; from the suffragettes in 1918 to Rosa Parks and the bus boycott of the mid-1950s; from the trial of Nelson Mandela to the Occupy movement that has only just begun.

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  • Fight the Power! launch event at Gnash Comics

    September 28, 2013

    Saturday, September 28, 2013
    Gnash Comics
    9A West Street, Ashburton, Devon TQ13 7DT

    Join author Benjamin Dickinson and illustrators Hunt Emerson and John Spelling on today, September 28, at Gnash Comics in Devon, England to celebrate the launch of Fight the Power!. Check the Gnash website for more details!

    Fight the Power! is a new kind of history book: a graphic narrative that explains how ordinary people have fought against oppression across time. Authors Sean Michael Wilson and Benjamin Dickson team up with illustrators Hunt Emerson, John Spelling, and Adam Pasion to show how this process has been played out again and again throughout history–and has slowly but surely led to hard-won rights for the people along the way. Focusing on the English-speaking nations, Wilson and Dickson chronicle the struggles of the Luddites and Swing Riots in the early 1800s, through the Irish Rebellions that lasted through 1922; from the suffragettes in 1918 to Rosa Parks and the bus boycott of the mid-1950s; from the trial of Nelson Mandela to the Occupy movement that has only just begun.

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  • Our Seven Favorite Mandela Quotes

    September 27, 2013

    Sixteen years went into the making of the forthcoming feature film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, a fictionalized biopic based on Mandela’s bestselling autobiography, coming out November 28th from the Weinstein Company and starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris. Journalist and filmmaker Danny Schechter, who has been on the front-lines in the fight for freedom in South Africa for the past forty years, was asked by the filmmakers to make a documentary about the filming of the feature film.

    Publishing on November 26th, 2013,  Madiba A-Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela is his companion book to the documentary, and authorized by the makers of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

    In anticipation of the upcoming films and book, here are our seven favorite quotes from Nelson Mandela:

    • “A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.”
    • “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”
    • “One of the things I learned when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself, I could not change others.”
    • “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”
    • “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”
    • “To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.”
    • “You will achieve more in this world through acts of mercy than you will through acts of retribution.”

    Watch the trailer for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom here.

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  • Project Censored Co-Sponsoring Banned Books Week

    September 27, 2013

    It’s Banned Books Week, a week to celebrate our freedom to read and remember the ceaseless presence of censorship in the US.

    An official sponsor of Banned Books Week, Project Censored is releasing their next compilation of the year’s top censored storiesCensored 2014, being published on October 1st, is dedicated to the stories that ought to be top features on the nightly news, but that are missing because of media bias and self-censorship.

    Check out the Project Censored Radio Show on Banned Books Week co-hosted by Mickey Huff and Dr. Peter Phillips. Mickey and Peter speak with Barbara Jones, Director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Executive Director of the Freedom to Read Foundation of the American Library Association and with Michael O’Neil of the National Coalition Against Censorship.
     
    The Project Censored Show airs weekly on KPFA in Berkeley (Fridays at 8 A.M.), and on WBAI in NYC.  

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  • Celebrate the Freedom to Read by Reading a Banned Book!

    September 26, 2013

    September 22-28, 2013 is Banned Books Week, sponsored by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. As always, the OIF has released a list of this past year’s most challenged books. They are:

    1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey. Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group.

    2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group.

    3. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher. Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group.

    4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James. Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit

    5. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson. Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group.

    6. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit.

    7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green. Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group.

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  • In The Fray Interviews Russ Kick

    September 26, 2013

    In The Fray recently conducted an interview with the man behind The Graphic Canon, Russ Kick. Here is a highlight:

    The Graphic Canon isn’t just works of literature. You also include philosophical writings from people like Sigmund Freud and Friedrich Nietzsche and excerpts from religious texts. How did you decide what to include as “the canon?”

    I started with a list of what I considered to be the most critical works of literature. These were stories that would leave a noticeable gap if they weren’t included, like The IliadThe Odyssey, Dante’s Inferno, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and The Tale of Genji. But I also wanted to go beyond what was predictable and bring in unexpected things. That’s why I included the Incan play Apu Ollantay.

    I also had a wish list of things I wanted to see adapted because I thought the story would work really well visually.

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  • Review of Operation Massacre in the Financial Times

    August 29, 2013

    We are thrilled with Ángel Gurría-Quintana’s review of Operation Massacre in the Financial Times.

    “Rarely has the ideal of a writer speaking truth to power been more aptly embodied than in Argentine journalist Rodolfo Walsh.”

    “His masterpiece of documentary literature, first collected in book form in 1957 but only now published in English, predates by nine years Truman Capote’s non-fiction crime classic, In Cold Blood, and is an emblematic title in the canon of Latin American investigative journalism.”

    Read the full review here!

    Rodolfo Walsh’s classic of true-life crime reporting, Operation Massacre, is a detailed account of the night of June 9th, 1956, when twelve men in a Buenos Aires suburb were arrested on suspicion of conspiring against the military government, and were taken to a garbage dump on the edge of the city to be executed. Seven of the men survived and Walsh tracked them down and tells their stories and the aftermath of that fateful night.

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  • Sam Pizzigati: The Rich Take Care of the Rich

    August 21, 2013

    Jeff Bezos, billionaire and CEO of Amazon, is purchasing The Washington Post, a move that is garnering significant objection from concerned journalists and readers. All are wondering: “Has plutocracy finally overwhelmed our press?”

    In a South Coast Today op-ed piece, Sam Pizzigati, author of The Rich Don’t Always Win, has an interesting answer. He says, in reality, “America’s most powerful newspapers have always been partial to the privileged.” Those bemoaning the loss of yet another “grand” journalistic family forget that it’s actually the Grahams that made anti-union sentiment and practice acceptable when they hired replacements for their striking workers in 1975.

    Since then, the American labor movement has dwindled into near non-existence.  In Amazon’s warehouses, for example, there is apparently no union representation whatsoever. Pizzigati reports:

    “Exhausted after 12-hour shifts, [Amazon] employees regularly wait, unpaid and for nearly a half-hour at security checkpoints meant to detect pilfering…[They] take home about $24,300 a year…barely more than the official poverty line for a famly of four and far less than what Walmart pays.”

    It’s this “take-no-prisoners” mentality that made Bezos so wealthy—wealthy enough to purchase The Washington Post.

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  • CNN’s Must-Reads on Income Inequality

    August 20, 2013

    This past June, CNN asked its readers to decide which five of twenty possible stories columnist John Sutter would cover in his Change the List Project. With 16,789 votes, first place went to “America’s widening rich-poor gap.”

    Sutter says, “I love that each of these stories was chosen by you. I see that as a mandate of sorts. When journalists pitch big projects they sometimes wonder, ‘Is this really the best use of my time?’ I don’t have those doubts with Change the List. I know I’m working on your behalf — on the topics you’ve deemed most important.” Those of us at Seven Stories are encouraged that the public is so interested in income inequality; we think it’s pretty important too.

    As Sutter begins researching his series, he’s asking the public again for help. This time, he wants help compiling a list of approximately 100 “must reads” on the subject of income inequality.

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  • Pakistani and Indian Independence Days

    August 15, 2013

    Today marks Pakistan and India’s 67th year of independence from oppressive British rule and the day Pakistan and India formed separate, sovereign nations. As we celebrate their independence, we also remember with sadness the partition’s bloody aftermath. Religious tension between Pakistani Muslims and Indian Hindus came to a head in violent riots that killed an estimated half million people. The partition’s legacy affects the neighboring countries’ relationship to this day and they have fought three major wars since 1947.

    Always at the forefront of social justice, ideological clashes, and international studies, Seven Stories has many titles (and forthcoming titles!) relating to Pakistan, India, and religious conflict. A selection:

    India Divided: Diversity and Democracy Under Attack by Vandana Shiva


    Shiva analyzes India’s potential nuclear conflict with Pakistan, the rise of fundamentalism within its own borders, and the very real threat of mass famine and economic enslavement of its citizens to the forces of globalization.

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