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The Hidden 1970s
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Vikki Law, and James Tracey
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Aug. 11, 2011, 12:43 a.m.
Berkeley City College's spring READINGS UNDERGROUND author series with contributors from The Hidden 1970s: Histories of Radicalism

Panelists include: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Vikki Law, and James Tracey

4 May 2011

~ About _The Hidden 1970s_ ~

This powerful collection is a compelling assessment of left-wing social movements in a period many have described as dominated by conservatism or confusion. Scholars examine critical and largely buried legacies of the 1970s. The decade of Nixon’s fall and Reagan’s rise also saw widespread indigenous militancy, prisoner uprisings, transnational campaigns for self-determination, pacifism, and queer theories of play as political action. Contributors focus on diverse topics, including the internationalization of Black Power and Native sovereignty, organizing for Puerto Rican independence among Latinos and whites, and women’s self-defense. Essays and ideas trace the roots of struggles from the 1960s through the 1970s, providing fascinating insight into the myriad ways that radical social movements shaped American political culture in the 1970s and the many ways they continue to do so today.

Victoria Law is a writer, photographer and mother. She is a co-founder of Books Through Bars--New York City, an organization that sends free radical literature and books to prisoners nationwide, and editor of the ‘zine Tenacious: Writings from Women in Prison. She is also the author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women (PM Press 2009).

James Tracy is an author and organizer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His articles on social movements and urban studies have appeared in Race, Poverty and the Environment, Left Turn, AREA Chicago, Shelterforce, Dollars and Sense, Z, Processed World, and the Contemporary Justice Review. He co-founded the Eviction Defense Network during the nineties and serves currently on the Board Of Directors of the San Francisco Community Land Trust.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is a feminist, revolutionary, and historian. She is the author of many books including Outlaw Woman: A Memoir of the War Years, 1960-1975, Roots of Resistance, Blood on the Border: A Memoir of the Contra War, and The Great Sioux Nation: An Oral History of the Sioux Nation and its Struggle for Sovereignty (1977), Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz has worked as a full-time activist and an academic historian, working for Native American and international human rights.

See also:

Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles Of Incarcerated Women

San Francisco Community Land Trust

Interview with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Related audio:

The Hidden 1970s: Histories of Radicalism

The Hidden 1970s: Prisoner Support in the 1970s

Resistance Behind Bars with Lynne Stewart, Ashanti Alston, Matt Meyer, and Victoria Law

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