Class Action has recently added an Activist Class Cultures Kit to its arsenal of educational materials and activities around social class. Executive Director Anne Phillips describes the kit as “a comprehensive guide to understanding your own class experience, seeing class culture traits around you, collaborating better with others from class backgrounds different than your own, and implementing the strengths of each class to help your social justice organization succeed. It’s full of videos, quizzes, tips, and stories about real progressive activist groups facing class culture challenges.” Based on CA’s “Bridging Activist Class Cultures” workshops, the site includes a discussion guide for groups reading Betsy Leondar-Wright’s Missing Class: Strengthening Social Movement Groups by Seeing Class Cultures.
Exit Zero: Family and Class in Postindustrial Chicago by MIT anthropologist Christine Walley won WCSA’s 2013 C.L.R. James Prize for the Best Book for Academic or General Audiences. Christine and her filmmaker spouse Chris Boebel have now produced a movie version of Exit Zero, subtitled An Industrial Family Story. It premieres October 22-25 at the Margaret Mead Film Festival in New York City, and after that it will be shown in various venues around the country.
Voices of the Lumbee, winner of this year’s WCSA’s Studs Terkel Prize for Media and Journalism, will be screened at the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute in Durham, NC as part of Duke University’s Rights! Camera! Action! film series on Tuesday, October 20th at 6:30 pm. A discussion will follow led by filmmakers Michele Fazio and Jason Hutchens.
Jane Van Galen, a first-generation college student now an Education Professor at University of Washington Bothell, has posted fourteen digital stories created by first-generation college students, First In Our Families: Digital Stories of First Generation Students. A collaboration with Class Action, each story is just a few minutes as the author reads a prose poem with images, music and silence woven into “elegant multimedia pieces about pride, growth, anger, tenacity, doubt, shame, and discovery as they navigate the invisible cultural and social norms of higher education.”