Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Art for Justice Fund- A4JF

Over the next five years (2017-2022), the Art for Justice Fund (A4JF) will support innovative advocacy and interventions aimed at safely cutting the prison population in states with the highest rates of incarceration, and strengthening the education and employment options for people leaving prison. In addition, the Fund will support selected artistic initiatives that enable artists to bear witness to the injustices of the system and speak to the potential of people enmeshed in it.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Dayton Literary Peace Prize-2017

Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation announces finalists for the 2017 Dayton Literary Peace Prize in fiction and nonfiction.

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize, inaugurated in 2006, is the first and only annual U.S. literary award recognizing the power of the written word to promote peace. The Dayton Literary Peace Prize invites nominations in adult fiction and nonfiction books published within the past year that have led readers to a better understanding of other cultures, peoples, religions, and political points of view.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Idaho Refugees Will Share 'Neighbor Narratives' at Boise Public Library Branches

The new Boise Public Library branch in Bown Crossing isn't even one-month old, and it's already taking part in BPL community engagement sessions, beginning with an exploration of our ever-growing refugee population. 

Refugees from different parts of the world and different walks of life will tell their stories at the Bown Crossing branch on Tuesday, June 27, as part of "Neighbor Narratives," a new element of the BPL SummerFest program. 

"We've had some really wonderful experiences in the community with other story-telling events," said Olivia Johnson, an AmeriCorps Vista specialist at the Idaho Office for Refugees. "They've been well attended, and we've received a lot of good feedback."

At the June 27 event, attendees can sample food from Bosnia, Ethiopia and Iraq, and Johnson said IOR is working on organizing tours of ethnic-themed restaurants in the community. 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

'The Book Thieves' reveals the story of the Nazi assault on books

'The Book Thieves' reveals the story of the Nazi assault on books.

Hitler’s assault on the written word, the theft and destruction of countless books and religious tracts – estimated well in excess of 100 million – was arguably far worse and has gone largely unreported.
Entire libraries, more than 700 throughout Europe, as well as cherished personal collections disappeared into the maw of the advancing German war machine. The goal of this unprecedented campaign was not cash or cachet, as was the case with looted art, but control of the minds and memories of defeated nations and various people, principally Jews, but also Freemasons, Catholics, and political opponents.
If it had survived, the Third Reich would have been a formidable arbiter of what was considered true, and false for the foreseeable future. The goal was to rewrite history – to concoct fake history, really – albeit one that its creators actually believed was true. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Human Rights Web Archive @ Columbia University

The Human Rights Web Archive @ Columbia University 

is a searchable collection of archived copies of human rights websites created by non-governmental organizations, national human rights institutions, tribunals and individuals. Collecting began in 2008 and has been ongoing for active websites. New websites are added to the collection regularly.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Steve Woolfolk-Honored by ALA but Charged by city

The Kansas City Public Library and a librarian who was arrested last year during a public event are receiving two national awards for defense of free speech....
Kansas City Library  wins the Paul Howard Award for Courage, given biannually for “unusual courage for the benefit of library programs or services.”
Steve Woolfolk, the library’s director of public programming, will receive the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity, named for the pen name of Daniel Handler, author of the “A Series of Unfortunate Events” books.
But the same week the awards were announced, city prosecutors filed two new charges against the librarian.
The awards and the charges stem from a May 9 incident in which the librarian, Steve Woolfolk, intervened to try to stop the arrest of library patron Jeremy Rothe-Kushel during the question-and-answer part of a talk by Middle East expert and diplomat Dennis Ross at the Plaza library.