Power to the People!

Power to the People workshop 05-05-2013We are excited to announce the next workshop on our History from Below tour!

Power to the People will explore the movement for public power of the 1930s and 40s – and especially the decade-long struggle to establish the Northern Wasco PUD. Join us at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center on May 5th in The Dalles!

Download this great flyer for the workshop (thank you, Susan Buce!) and share widely!

Click here for more details about the workshop.

From Finnish Radicals to Farmer-Labor Alliances!

From Finnish Radicals to Farmer-Labor Alliances!

Finnish-Hall-Astoria-1910History From Below comes to Oregon’s North Coast on January 20th with a special stop for Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend!

From Finnish Radicals to Farmer-Labor Alliances: The History of Social Movements on Oregon’s North Coast

In this interactive workshop,  participants will explore moments in the first half of the 20th century when passionate, principled or simply fed-up people from rural Oregon (and the North Coast, in particular) banded together in hopes of changing the course of history at local, state, and national levels.  And we’ll look at the connections between grassroots movements past and present.

There’s so much to explore: like the vibrant community of radical Finns in Svenson and Astoria that printed a popular socialist newspaper, founded successful cooperatives, and used theater and music to advance their socialist ideals.   And in the late 1930s, Clatsop County progressives joined unions, socialists, and farmer organizations from across Oregon to push forward a broad progressive agenda through the Oregon Commonwealth Federation….  Find out more and Sign Up Today!

Social Movements: Past, Present, Future

Grants Pass. Movement ChartAt our Southern Oregon tour stop Dan Leahy (retired professor of political economy and social movements from The Evergreen State College) explored how history can inform the construction of social movements.

Download his presentation notes here.  Or watch the video of his talk.

Then check out this nifty chart that Dan put together about the history of social movements in the United States.