News for Educational Workers has been a featured column of Radical Teacher almost since the journal's conception. With this issue of the journal, however, news items of interest to progressive and radical educators will be posted on the new Radical Teacher blog at http://www.radicalteacher.net/
Other less timely resources, such as books, film, magazines, and journal will continue to be featured in our newer, abbreviated News for Educational Workers column which will continue to be published with each of our forthcoming online issues.
Fashioning Lives analyzes the life stories of sixty Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people along with archival documents, literature, and film. Doing so, the book provides a theoretical framework for studying the literacy work of Black LGBTQ people, who do not fit into the traditional categories imposed on their language practices and identities. Examining the myriad ways literacy is used to inflict harm, the book discusses how these harmful events prompt Black LGBTQ people to ensure their own survival by repurposing literacy through literacy performances fueled by accountability to self and communal love towards social and political change, a process I call "restorative literacies." The chapters highlight restorative literacies in literacy institutions (e.g., libraries, schools), historical records repositories, religious and spiritual spaces, parties, community events, activist organizations, and digital spheres.
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Bullfrog films presents three new videos:
The Louisiana Gulf Coast has been battered by the worst of oil-and-gas industry activity and climate change: Hurricane Katrina, Deepwater Horizon, and now a rapidly eroding coastline. Yet the people, including those most affected, are standing up and fighting back to protect their wetlands, coastline and livelihoods, while looking to develop systems to address rising waters in After the Spill.
Disturbing the Peaceis story of the human potential unleashed when we stop participating in a story that no longer serves us and, with the power of our convictions, take action to create new possibilities. The film follows former enemy combatants--Israeli soldiers and Palestinian fighters--who have joined...