aboveallelsefilm
aboveallelsefilm:

Hello Tumblr friends and followers!
We’re looking for ways to expand our reach to get the word out about our project because we believe that more people need to be aware of the pressing issue the film presents. As of now, our personal networks have responded in amazing ways to this film. But — real talk — those networks aren’t big enough to raise $50,000.
HOWEVER, if every backer shared our film with at least 5 people, our film’s reach would expand exponentially.

17 days to go! Help Above All Else share the story around the fight against the Keystone XL. Donate if you can & spread the word!

aboveallelsefilm:

Hello Tumblr friends and followers!

We’re looking for ways to expand our reach to get the word out about our project because we believe that more people need to be aware of the pressing issue the film presents. As of now, our personal networks have responded in amazing ways to this film. But — real talk — those networks aren’t big enough to raise $50,000.

HOWEVER, if every backer shared our film with at least 5 people, our film’s reach would expand exponentially.

17 days to go! Help Above All Else share the story around the fight against the Keystone XL. Donate if you can & spread the word!

Democracy @ Work - A Viable Alternative to Capitalism
Link to Audio
What would a world with more democracy look like - a society where we didn’t have a whole sector labeled “private” that was completely void of democracy? What if workers owned and operated everything themselves and workers were the ones who made the decisions? What would the large-scale implications be in society? In the above audio, Richard Wolff addresses some of these questions and talks about Mondragon, which is the fifth largest company in Spain and completely owned and democratically directed by workers. It’s what he calls a “Workers Self Directed Enterprise” and it’s a model that provides a serious, legitimate threat to capitalism as it stands. Listen to the audio (from WeAreMany.org - a great source for amazing audio and video) and see if you agree. I suspect you will. If you do, I strongly suggest supporting this indiegogo campaign (if you can’t donate, reblog, maybe one of your followers can), dedicated to raising funds to turn Workers Self Directed Enterprises into a full-fledged social movement.I’ll be posting more throughout the week about Workers’ Self Directed Enterprises, Richard Wolff, Mondragon, and the very young Democracy at Work Movement. Tumblr can be involved in developing this movement; I have long-term plans to begin a WSDE and I’d really like to help add momentum to this campaign. Please reblog to raise awareness about this incredibly new movement. Message me if you’re interested in helping raise awareness about this campaign. I’m getting some blogs involved on tumblr this week and have a list of ideas for posts and would love some help getting the word out. Get at me.
-Robert

Democracy @ Work - A Viable Alternative to Capitalism

Link to Audio

What would a world with more democracy look like - a society where we didn’t have a whole sector labeled “private” that was completely void of democracy? What if workers owned and operated everything themselves and workers were the ones who made the decisions? What would the large-scale implications be in society? 

In the above audio, Richard Wolff addresses some of these questions and talks about Mondragon, which is the fifth largest company in Spain and completely owned and democratically directed by workers. It’s what he calls a “Workers Self Directed Enterprise” and it’s a model that provides a serious, legitimate threat to capitalism as it stands. Listen to the audio (from WeAreMany.org - a great source for amazing audio and video) and see if you agree. I suspect you will. 

If you do, I strongly suggest supporting this indiegogo campaign (if you can’t donate, reblog, maybe one of your followers can), dedicated to raising funds to turn Workers Self Directed Enterprises into a full-fledged social movement.

I’ll be posting more throughout the week about Workers’ Self Directed Enterprises, Richard Wolff, Mondragon, and the very young Democracy at Work Movement. Tumblr can be involved in developing this movement; I have long-term plans to begin a WSDE and I’d really like to help add momentum to this campaign. 

Please reblog to raise awareness about this incredibly new movement. Message me if you’re interested in helping raise awareness about this campaign. I’m getting some blogs involved on tumblr this week and have a list of ideas for posts and would love some help getting the word out. Get at me.

-Robert

We’re close to raising our Kickstarter goal, but we only have 40 more hours to raise the last $800.
Please give what you can. We’ll only get the money that has been pledged if we raise the full amount of $2600. Right now we’ve raised about $1900.
Your card will only be charged if we raise the full amount. Everything from $1+ helps! Thank you so much to those who have generously given so far & I genuinely hope we can get this done & pull out a successful campaign.
Also, we’ve made some big changes to our plans that we’ve been waiting to announce. We’re actually reversing our direction, starting on the east coast in D.C. at the beginning of September and moving up the coast to New York for the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. So, if you’re in D.C. or NY or Montreal or Philadelphia or Baltimore or Boston, hit us up, let’s do a tumblr meet up in the next few months.
Here’s our Kickstarter in case you are interested in helping us make this happen! PLUS: Did you see the awesome prizes we have for our backers??
Thanks again!

We’re close to raising our Kickstarter goal, but we only have 40 more hours to raise the last $800.

Please give what you can. We’ll only get the money that has been pledged if we raise the full amount of $2600. Right now we’ve raised about $1900.

Your card will only be charged if we raise the full amount. Everything from $1+ helps! Thank you so much to those who have generously given so far & I genuinely hope we can get this done & pull out a successful campaign.

Also, we’ve made some big changes to our plans that we’ve been waiting to announce. We’re actually reversing our direction, starting on the east coast in D.C. at the beginning of September and moving up the coast to New York for the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. So, if you’re in D.C. or NY or Montreal or Philadelphia or Baltimore or Boston, hit us up, let’s do a tumblr meet up in the next few months.

Here’s our Kickstarter in case you are interested in helping us make this happen! PLUS: Did you see the awesome prizes we have for our backers??

Thanks again!

Our Kickstarter project is nearly 50 percent funded with two weeks to go!
If you haven’t already, please visit our Kickstarter project page & watch the video about our upcoming fall project!
About our project: In fall 2012, The People’s Record will travel across the US & Canada to document upcoming activist communities: anti-war groups, women’s rights activists, LGBTQ advocates, immigrant rights activists, racial equality advocates, environmental & co-op organizations, anti-capitalist movements & many more. We will be covering the following cities:
Phoenix, ArizonaLos Angeles, CaliforniaSan Francisco, CaliforniaOakland, CaliforniaBerkeley, CaliforniaPortland, OregonSeattle, WashingtonVancouver, CanadaDenver, ColoradoAustin, TexasDallas, TexasNew Orleans, LouisianaMadison, WisconsinChicago, IllinoisWashington, D.C.Baltimore, MarylandPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaBoston, MassachusettsNew York, New YorkMontreal, Canada 
We will highlight these groups of resistance through personal interviews, photo essays, livestreamed protests & in-depth analysis pieces to elevate these activists’ struggles to a wider audience on The People’s Record. 
While we are blogging these communities’ stories, we will also be working on a publication about these activists set to begin production in 2013.
We have worked hard to save up for this endeavor, but given the scope of this project, we need your help. You can donate to our Kickstarter fund & even click on our Google ad once daily on our site. With your support, we will be able to spotlight these communities & their fight for justice & equality.
Along with your support, if any of our readers are in the cities we are covering would like to meet with us & help us get better acquainted with each city’s activist community, please message us or email us at thepeoplesrec@gmail.com.
Thank you so much for your support & readership!
In solidarity,Robert & Gracie of The People’s Record 

Our Kickstarter project is nearly 50 percent funded with two weeks to go!

If you haven’t already, please visit our Kickstarter project page & watch the video about our upcoming fall project!

About our project: In fall 2012, The People’s Record will travel across the US & Canada to document upcoming activist communities: anti-war groups, women’s rights activists, LGBTQ advocates, immigrant rights activists, racial equality advocates, environmental & co-op organizations, anti-capitalist movements & many more. We will be covering the following cities:

Phoenix, Arizona
Los Angeles, California
San Francisco, California
Oakland, California
Berkeley, California
Portland, Oregon
Seattle, Washington
Vancouver, Canada
Denver, Colorado
Austin, Texas
Dallas, Texas
New Orleans, Louisiana
Madison, Wisconsin
Chicago, Illinois
Washington, D.C.
Baltimore, Maryland
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Boston, Massachusetts
New York, New York
Montreal, Canada 

We will highlight these groups of resistance through personal interviews, photo essays, livestreamed protests & in-depth analysis pieces to elevate these activists’ struggles to a wider audience on The People’s Record. 

While we are blogging these communities’ stories, we will also be working on a publication about these activists set to begin production in 2013.

We have worked hard to save up for this endeavor, but given the scope of this project, we need your help. You can donate to our Kickstarter fund & even click on our Google ad once daily on our site. With your support, we will be able to spotlight these communities & their fight for justice & equality.

Along with your support, if any of our readers are in the cities we are covering would like to meet with us & help us get better acquainted with each city’s activist community, please message us or email us at thepeoplesrec@gmail.com.

Thank you so much for your support & readership!

In solidarity,
Robert & Gracie of The People’s Record
 

We fixed the problems with our video!

July 21, 2012

Sorry it took us so long to get this video situation sorted out. This is the video we’ve put up for our Kickstarter campaigns. Campaigns with videos are 30% more likely to succeed so hopefully this will help build some momentum around the campaign. Thanks again to our friends Berenice and Taryn for directing, shooting and uploading this video.

The middle of Kickstarter campaigns (here’s the link to ours) is usually the least active, so we need as much help promoting this as possible. Sorry to litter your dashboard with this stuff. I really can’t wait until the end of August when we’re on the road and able to deliver daily live-coverage, interviews, etc. Reblog this to help make that that happen if you feel so inclined. 

We’re going to start in Arizona at the end of August and move on to the bay area by the first week (or second week) in September. Although, after a response to a previous post about us going to Oakland, we are hoping to be in Oakland for first Friday! As we’re traveling, if anyone ever wants to tumblr-meetup, let us know. We love you guys! Seriously. Tumblr has meant everything to me while my politics have radicalized and changed and continues to be my most useful tool for challenging my beliefs as my politics continue to develop. I don’t think I’ve ever been somewhere on the internet or in-person with so many people who have such like-minds & I’m really glad that we’re going to be able to be even MORE engaged with the tumblr community while we’re working on this project.

While in Arizona, we’re hoping to speak with groups who are engaged in latino-rights and immigrant struggles. If you have any recommendations, or know of any groups, send us an ask and let us know. Also, we want to make couchsurfing friends, so if any of you guys are couch surfers, add me (Robert) & later Gracie, when I can find her profile to link you to. Thanks for all your support, it means everything to us. Seriously. 

Introducing The People’s Record Kickstarter ProjectJuly 5, 2012When we began The People’s Record in December, we had a much bigger project in mind. As we built our blog as a reliable leftist site focused on international news and movement struggles, The People’s Record also began preparing for a citizen journalist-based print publication that would take us to all corners of the United States and Canada to meet the communities of resistance who are working to create vital political and social transformations in the world.On August 31, The People’s Record – made up of Robert Cunningham and Graciela Razo – will hit the road to meet these communities in person & to amplify their stories to the wave of leftists all over the world. We will document the provoking efforts of anti-war activists, racial justice advocates, environmental and co-op organizations, women’s rights crusaders, anti-capitalist movements and many other groups that are spearheading this revolutionary era of protest across the world.The People’s Record will travel to the countries’ hotspots of direct democratic action, including:
    San Francisco, California
    Oakland, California
    Portland, Oregon
    Seattle, Washington
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    Denver, Colorado
    Austin, Texas
    Dallas, Texas
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    Madison, Wisconsin
    Chicago, Illinois
    Washington, D.C.
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    New York City, New York
    Montreal, Quebec
Each city will have its own story of struggle told through first-person accounts, photo essays, livestreamed protests and in-depth analysis pieces. We are currently looking for people in tune with their local activist communities to introduce us to the area’s political landscape, so if you think you can help, email or message us!In addition, we’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund our trip. We have both been working hard to eliminate as much of the cost of our project as possible, but given the scope of this endeavor, we need your help! We’ve listed some neat prizes in exchange for your support, too.But if you’re not able to contribute to our crowdsourcing fund, we’ve also launched a Google ad on our blog that you can click once daily. It’s a simple way to support us & to ensure that we will be able to cover these activist groups as comprehensively as possible while continuing to publish international news, political analysis, our leftist book club and many other resources on ThePeoplesRecord.com.We need your help to get this campaign to reach as many potential supporters as possible. Understandably, not everyone is in a position where they can financially support this project, but your excitement, enthusiasm and sharing of our project will mean a lot to us too! Thank you so much for following our blog and participating in this exciting time of shifting political consciousness. We hope that our project documenting the new North American left will drive others to continue the fight for a truly democratic world.  
So please visit and share our Kickstarter campaign. We’ll also be archiving updates to the project’s progress at ThePeoplesRecord.com/theproject.In solidarity,The People’s Record

Introducing The People’s Record Kickstarter Project

July 5, 2012

When we began The People’s Record in December, we had a much bigger project in mind. As we built our blog as a reliable leftist site focused on international news and movement struggles, The People’s Record also began preparing for a citizen journalist-based print publication that would take us to all corners of the United States and Canada to meet the communities of resistance who are working to create vital political and social transformations in the world.

On August 31, The People’s Record – made up of Robert Cunningham and Graciela Razo – will hit the road to meet these communities in person & to amplify their stories to the wave of leftists all over the world. We will document the provoking efforts of anti-war activists, racial justice advocates, environmental and co-op organizations, women’s rights crusaders, anti-capitalist movements and many other groups that are spearheading this revolutionary era of protest across the world.
The People’s Record will travel to the countries’ hotspots of direct democratic action, including:

  •     San Francisco, California
  •     Oakland, California
  •     Portland, Oregon
  •     Seattle, Washington
  •     Vancouver, British Columbia
  •     Denver, Colorado
  •     Austin, Texas
  •     Dallas, Texas
  •     New Orleans, Louisiana
  •     Madison, Wisconsin
  •     Chicago, Illinois
  •     Washington, D.C.
  •     Baltimore, Maryland
  •     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  •     New York City, New York
  •     Montreal, Quebec

Each city will have its own story of struggle told through first-person accounts, photo essays, livestreamed protests and in-depth analysis pieces. We are currently looking for people in tune with their local activist communities to introduce us to the area’s political landscape, so if you think you can help, email or message us!

In addition, we’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund our trip. We have both been working hard to eliminate as much of the cost of our project as possible, but given the scope of this endeavor, we need your help! We’ve listed some neat prizes in exchange for your support, too.

But if you’re not able to contribute to our crowdsourcing fund, we’ve also launched a Google ad on our blog that you can click once daily. It’s a simple way to support us & to ensure that we will be able to cover these activist groups as comprehensively as possible while continuing to publish international news, political analysis, our leftist book club and many other resources on ThePeoplesRecord.com.

We need your help to get this campaign to reach as many potential supporters as possible. Understandably, not everyone is in a position where they can financially support this project, but your excitement, enthusiasm and sharing of our project will mean a lot to us too! Thank you so much for following our blog and participating in this exciting time of shifting political consciousness. We hope that our project documenting the new North American left will drive others to continue the fight for a truly democratic world.  

So please visit and share our Kickstarter campaign. We’ll also be archiving updates to the project’s progress at ThePeoplesRecord.com/theproject.

In solidarity,
The People’s Record

In case you were wondering where we went for a week, we were away at the leftist conference, Socialism2012…

July 03, 2012

Things got incredibly busy and we didn’t get to do as much live work as we will in the future, mostly because of technical issues, but we’re back now and will be launching our Kickstarter on Thursday, as well as recapping/following-up on the conference.

Overall, it was a wonderful experience. CERSC and the ISO put on a great conference and we were happy to have been a part of it.

Please follow The People’s Record, as we prepare to launch our Kickstarter, which should hopefully be a vehicle to keep us devoted to developing the blog over the next year! <3

EDIT: You can follow all the posts of things that we didn’t cover while we were gone @ thepeoplesrecord.com/whileweweregone

This Week on thepeoplesrecord.com:
June 23, 2012
We&#8217;ve noticed that every time we post about Julian Assange, updates to his extradition, or wikileaks that we lose 2-5 followers. So naturally, this week we&#8217;ve decided to dedicate an entire series of original posts on Wikileaks.
We&#8217;ll be interviewing Christine Assange (Julian Assange&#8217;s mother) and we&#8217;ll be doing posts that try to comb through every angle, explain the nature of the sexual allegations, exactly how and which facts have been misrepresented by the media, and of course updates to his extradition.
Additionally, we&#8217;re going to Chicago for a week on Thursday (June28-July5) for Socialism2012 (a huge leftist conference in Chicago put on by the Center for Economic Research and Social Change) so we&#8217;ll be posting live coverage &amp;hopefully some great interviews from that as well! So many good speakers are going to be there, and we aren&#8217;t sure who we can get to agree to do interviews with us yet but attending the conference will be: China Mieville, Glenn Greenwald, Richard Wolff, Sherry Wolf, Boots Riley, Wallace Shawn (from the Princess Bride and Clueless), Ahmed Shawki, activists from Greece, Syria and from the current student movement in Canada, and many many more. We&#8217;ll try and cover as much as possible.
We&#8217;re also expecting to launch a Kickstarter for our 6-month project, which we&#8217;ll be able to share with you guys shortly.
Follow for updates @thepeoplesrecord.com and follow us on twitter @thepeoplesrec. Thanks for following! &lt;3

This Week on thepeoplesrecord.com:

June 23, 2012

We’ve noticed that every time we post about Julian Assange, updates to his extradition, or wikileaks that we lose 2-5 followers. So naturally, this week we’ve decided to dedicate an entire series of original posts on Wikileaks.

We’ll be interviewing Christine Assange (Julian Assange’s mother) and we’ll be doing posts that try to comb through every angle, explain the nature of the sexual allegations, exactly how and which facts have been misrepresented by the media, and of course updates to his extradition.

Additionally, we’re going to Chicago for a week on Thursday (June28-July5) for Socialism2012 (a huge leftist conference in Chicago put on by the Center for Economic Research and Social Change) so we’ll be posting live coverage &hopefully some great interviews from that as well! So many good speakers are going to be there, and we aren’t sure who we can get to agree to do interviews with us yet but attending the conference will be: China Mieville, Glenn Greenwald, Richard Wolff, Sherry Wolf, Boots Riley, Wallace Shawn (from the Princess Bride and Clueless), Ahmed Shawki, activists from Greece, Syria and from the current student movement in Canada, and many many more. We’ll try and cover as much as possible.

We’re also expecting to launch a Kickstarter for our 6-month project, which we’ll be able to share with you guys shortly.

Follow for updates @thepeoplesrecord.com and follow us on twitter @thepeoplesrec. Thanks for following! <3