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NEW! ISBO's BOOK TWO
The Bottom Will Rise and Create a New World - Book 2

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Why the Central Focus of the World Revolutionary Movement Must Be the Destruction of Racism
The Bottom Will Rise and Create a New World
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Mary Ann Shadd Cary
Mary Ann Shadd Cary, Fighter against Slavery and for Equality of Black and White, Men and Women

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Yanga, Maroon Leader in Mexico
 

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Fotos de la finca y de las reuniones comunitarios en Colombia
Photos from Colombia Farm and Community Meetings

March 11, 2013

Part of planting group Working day connecting our neighbor's electricity underground Working day connecting our neighbor's electricity underground
Parte del group de cultivo
Part of planting group
Dia de trabajo conectando la electricidad a vecino
Working day connecting our neighbor's electricity underground
Making sweetcorn envueltos (traditional food)
Haciendo envueltos de choclo
Making sweetcorn envueltos
Young members in vegetable garden
Jovenes integrantes en huerta
Young members in vegetable garden
Everyone Working
Todos trabajando
Everyone working
Young organizer doing weeding
Joven organizador haciendo limpieza sanitaria a cultivo
Young organizer doing weeding
Organic vegetable garden community project
Integrantes del proyecto de huerta orgànica comunitaria
Organic vegetable garden community project
Teaching percussion to young girl in our community
Teaching percussion to young girl in our community

Processing organic pesticide
segunda reunion de este año
Second community meeting this year
Working together on the farm
Primero reunion de este año
First community meeting this year


Report from Jamaican Organizers' Trip to Colombia in September, 2012
February, 2013
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street vendor juicing cane
Jamaican organizers watch
street vendor juicing cane
First general meeting with Jamaican organizers
First general meeting with
Jamaican organizers in Villa Rica
Jamaican visiting farm collective
Jamaican visiting farm
collective in VR
Worm compost
Worm compost
Another ISBO meeting
Another ISBO meeting
Colombians make sausage for Jamaican visitors
Colombians make sausage for Jamaican visitors
Waiting for meeting to start
Waiting for meeting to start
Colombians and Jamaicans enjoying themselves together
Colombians and Jamaicans enjoying themselves together
Learning from Colombian well-diggers
Learning from Colombian well-diggers
Taking a break in the river
Taking a break in the river
Processing organic pesticide
Processing organic pesticide
Working together on the farm
Working together on the farm
CAIS Maloka: house built of bamboo
CAIS Maloka: house built of bamboo
Jamaican organizers at CAIS Maloka in Colombian mountains
Jamaican organizers at CAIS Maloka in Colombian mountains
Final meeting in Cali
Final meeting in Cali
Attending Haga Que Pase concert
Attending Haga Que Pase concert
 People's Uprising Committee MEETING
People's Uprising Committee MEETING


Organizing Update from Jamaica
February 25, 2012

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Workday Photos - September
Putting on the Zinc
Putting on the Zinc
Cooking is always a part of workdays!
Cooking is always a part of workdays!
Cleaning the Site
Cleaning the Site

Finished!
Finished!
Our new Community Notice Board
Our new Community Notice Board
Workday Photos - January
Cleaning the play field by the community centre
Cleaning the play field by the community centre
Sweeping the community centre floor
Sweeping the community centre floor
Removing the cut grass
Removing the cut grass
Carrying in the roofing materials
Carrying in the roofing materials
Roof work
Roof work
Finishing the roof on our second community centre!
Finishing the roof on our second community centre!
Colombian man teaches Jamaican woman Afro-Colombian dance
Colombian man teaches Jamaican woman Afro-Colombian dance
Learning the dance
Learning the dance
Celebrating our brother-and-sister-hood
Celebrating our brother-and-sister-hood
Using the wall as a drum to make music for the dancers
Using the wall as a drum to make music for the dancers
Chicken Coop Construction Photos - October/November
People of Villa Rica Respond to Terror Attack by Organizing
People of Villa Rica Respond to Terror Attack by Organizing
People of Villa Rica Respond to Terror Attack by Organizing

People of Villa Rica Respond to Terror Attack by Organizing
People of Villa Rica Respond to Terror Attack by Organizing
People of Villa Rica Respond to Terror Attack by Organizing

People of Villa Rica Respond to Terror Attack by Organizing
People of Villa Rica Respond to Terror Attack by Organizing
 
Old Time Day Photos - January
Cooking
Cooking
Plates for customers: roast coco and rundown
Plates for customers: roast coco and rundown
An organizer, a musician and a cook enjoy a moment before the program starts
An organizer, a musician and a cook enjoy a moment before the program starts
The crowd at the kitchen never stopped!
The crowd at the kitchen never stopped!
Clothing sale raised some money, too.
Clothing sale raised some money, too.
A new member roasting cocos
A new member roasting cocos
Roast coco
Roast coco
Old time crafts made for the event
Old time crafts made for the event
Young girl performs a poem
Young girl performs a poem

Part of the crowd enjoying the program
Part of the crowd enjoying the program
When children crowd the front, you know it's good!
When children crowd the front, you know it's good! (Listening to another girl doing a poem)
Member reading history of how the school was built, written by honoree in the orange shirt
Member reading history of how the school was built, written by honoree in the orange shirt
More youthful poetic talent!
More youthful poetic talent!
An elder gives advice to the younger generations
An elder gives advice to the younger generations
Remembering a more peaceful and loving past and hoping for unity to bring more peace and love in the future
Remembering a more peaceful and loving past and hoping for unity to bring more peace and love in the future
Telling a funny story about how the place got its name
Telling a funny story about how the place got its name
Old time band with shakers
Saving the best for last: old time band with shakers, banjo and rhumba box (hidden behind chair). The shakers and rhumba box are hand made by the musicians.
Old time music is the favorite of the crowd
Old time music is the favorite of the crowd
Dancing to the story in the song
Dancing to the story in the song
Rhumba box in the making
Rhumba box in the making
Building the Solar Panel Photos - ISBO School
Building the Solar Panel
Building the Solar Panel
Building the Solar Panel

Building the Solar Panel
Building the Solar Panel
Building the Solar Panel
Ethanol Photos
Welder setting up the pan for heating the ethanol
Welder setting up the pan for heating the ethanol

The mash was made of sugar cane juice...
The mash was made of sugar cane juice, which we cut and ground, plus corn, fruit and vegetable peelings, and a little yeast
Straining the mash
Straining the mash
Heating the mixture
Heating the mixture
Cooling the vapor to condense it into liquid ethanol
Cooling the vapor to condense it into liquid ethanol
Catching the ethanol in a bottle
Catching the ethanol in a bottle
Lighting the ethanol we made
Lighting the ethanol we made
Wicker Workshop Photos
A wicker craftsman shares his skills with the rest of us: starting a basket
A wicker craftsman shares his skills with the rest of us: starting a basket
Colombian learns from his Jamaican brother
Colombian learns from his Jamaican brother
Everyone focused on learning a new skill
Everyone focused on learning a new skill
A basket begins to take shape
A basket begins to take shape
Tea break during wicker workshop
Tea break during wicker workshop
Craftsman inspecting the work
Craftsman inspecting the work
Finished products! They only need handles now
Finished products! They only need handles now
The raw material
The raw material
Showing off our work
Showing off our work
Time for celebration: bring out the drums!
Time for celebration: bring out the drums!
Jamaican girls practice a Colombian dance
Jamaican girls practice a Colombian dance
Dancing the Choke
Dancing the Choke (pronounced "cho-kay"), an Afro-Colombian dance brings together Colombians and Jamaicans, brothers and sisters, building equality and unity and joy!
ISBO School Photos
Eating breakfast together
Eating breakfast together
Colombian learns from his Jamaican brother
Braided dumpling accompanies a Jamaican breakfast
Cooking breakfast -- every morning!
Cooking breakfast -- every morning!
The house call is the most important part of ISBO organizing.
The house call is the most important part of ISBO organizing. Here a Colombian organizer introduces himself and the ISBO school to neighbors.
Another Colombian organizer doing a house call
Another Colombian organizer doing a house call tells the history of his community, which started with a successful slave rebellion.
On a field trip to Jeffery Town
On a field trip to Jeffery Town
ISBO class members enjoying ourselves at the beach
ISBO class members enjoying ourselves at the beach

The sun sets on another great school day!
The sun sets on another great school day!
Valentine's Dinner Photos





People of Villa Rica Respond to Terror Attack by Organizing
February 21, 2012


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Summer Project in Colombia Video: "Como Hacer Etanol en Casa"
"How to Make Ethanol at Home"


Summer Project in Colombia Video
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ISBO Summer Project Sites in Jamaica and Colombia      (Click images for zoom)

¡SOMOS UN SOLO PUEBLO! These photos will give you an idea what it looks like and what is going on in some of the sites for the ISBO summer project. Some sites have been documented more than others, as you will see. In the cases of the Jamaica project, which spans three rural communities, and the mountain Colombia site, which also spans more than one community, you will see photos of some of our work projects. Both sites have farming projects and community center construction projects, as well as sport and cultural projects ongoing. One site has developed an egalitarian production venture including craft and animal husbandry aspects. In all of our projects, we are doing similar things on the same egalitarian principles. WE ARE ONE PEOPLE!

Join the ISBO Summer Project in Colombia and Jamaica
Únete al Proyecto de Verano ISBO en Colombia y Jamaica
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Beach Community Center Before: Jamaica Project
Beach Community Center "Before": Jamaica Project
Beach Center Area Clean-Up: Jamaica Project
Beach Center Area Clean-Up: Jamaica Project
All Ages Helped with Clean-Up: Jamaica Project
All Ages Helped with Clean-Up: Jamaica Project

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Video From the First Day of the Recent ISBO School in Colombia, March 2011

ISBO School in Colombia
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Watch more of our videos on You Tube.
- The Voices of ISBO Colombia Video

- Brief overview of the International   School For Bottom-Up Organizing



Lessons from Escaped Slaves, September 2010
Lessons from Escaped Slaves Our report from ISBO's research trip to North Buxton in Ontario, Canada and Maroons in the Great Dismal Swap in North Carolina and Virginia, U.S.A.

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People's Uprising
People's Uprising


Photos of the ISBO Research Trip to Canada              (Click images for zoom)
Research trip began in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Research trip began in Halifax, Nova Scotia
In the Black Cultural Centre Library
In the Black Cultural Centre Library
Black neighborhood in Halifax-Dartmouth
Black neighborhood in Halifax-Dartmouth

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ISBO's London Book-Launch Event and Workshop in Colombia
Click on the links below to see videos from ISBO's London book-launch event and photos from the workshop in Colombia.

ISBOs London Book-Launch Event Several video presentations by ISBO@Housmans, 6/13/09 - YouTube.com

Several video presentations by ISBO@Housmans, 6/13/09 - Facebook.com
Jamaica Fundraising Party (2.51 MB)


Photo Gallery
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Three Displaced New Orleans Residents Discuss Race and Hurricane Katrina
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