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“Joe Hill” visits the Big Apple

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April 24, 2014
“Joe Hill” visits the Big Apple

My short video documentary, “Joe Hill’s Secret Canadian Hideout” has been accepted at the Workers’ Unite Film Festival in New York City next month. It is on the program with Sasha Reuther’s excellent feature documentary “Brothers on the Line.” http://www.workersunitefilmfestival.org/Official Select WUff 2014 WUFF program – Joe Hill
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Oregon’s Doukhobors – A History Essay

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March 13, 2014
Oregon’s Doukhobors – A History Essay

  When American Legion commander George Love spoke to a gathering of concerned residents at Junction City, Oregon, in late August 1924, he warned of the imminent danger of allowing a group of Russian immigrants to establish a colony on the rich farm land along the Willamette River. Some of the local residents were...
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Positive Reviews for Joe Hill Video

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January 15, 2014

Several friends and colleagues now have seen Joe Hill’s Secret Canadian Hideout and they’ve been encouragingly complimentary. Here’s what some of them say: “Lively, respectful, quirky in a good way, serious but not heavy, upbeat but not light: I love it!” Mark Leier, educator, labour historian, author of Rebel Life: The Life and Times...
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Humble Word Warrior – A Book Review

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January 15, 2014
Humble Word Warrior – A Book Review

After being prodded, cajoled,  and possibly even guilted into it by people like me, Ed Finn has finally published his memoirs. Who’s Ed Finn? some of you might ask. Fair question…if you haven’t been observing Canadian left politics for the past 70 years. For that long, Finn has served as a tireless journalistic voice...
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Time – A Yannis Ritsos Poem

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October 29, 2013
Time – A Yannis Ritsos Poem

We have immersed ourselves in the poetry of Yannis Ritsos, acknowledged as one of the great Grecian poets of the last century, and are reliving our recent trip to Peloponnesian towns in Greece through him. “Time” is taken from his collection of 36 poems in the book Monovasia which has been published with the...
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Joe Hill Has Been Shot! – A Video Update

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October 22, 2013
Joe Hill Has Been Shot! – A Video Update

The video version of “Joe Hill’s Secret Canadian Hideout”  was shot this weekend on location in Rossland, B.C. It was a full day’s shooting on Sunday, October 20, with three full interviews and many hours of scouting outdoor and interior shots. The videographer even got a shot of a black bear who was wandering...
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The Maniot of Monemvasia – a Travel Short Story

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October 2, 2013
The Maniot of Monemvasia – a Travel Short Story

The path was steep at times and dangerous in the darkened corners of the craggy centuries-old rock steps of Mystra, so I should have been more careful as I aimlessly wended my uncertain way to the heights of Byzantine history. Looking up to one of several remarkably well preserved churches instead of down at...
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Joe Hill’s Secret Canadian Hideout – A Video History

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September 5, 2013
Joe Hill’s Secret Canadian Hideout – A Video History

Joe Hill hid out at the Rossland Miners’ Union Hall after writing “Where the Fraser River Flows” in support of a Wobbly strike in the Fraser Canyon area. Truth of urban legend? Follow the progress of this video history project here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rverzuh/joe-hills-secret-canadian-hideout
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Labour History Sings – A Conference Report

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May 6, 2013
Labour History Sings – A Conference Report

The Pacific Northwest Labour History Association (PNLHA) held its 45th annual conference May 3-5, 2013, in Portland, Oregon, and like other years there was a wide variety of topics as well as styles of presentation. I was on the planning committee and made two presentations during the conference, so I am clearly not an...
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CUPE BC Turns 50 – A History Video

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April 17, 2013
CUPE BC Turns 50 – A History Video

The attached video premiered on 13 April 2013 at the 50th anniversary convention of the British Columbia Division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees where I worked for many years as a communications specialist. The history of CUPE BC’s early years is covered in a series of cartoon images with text provided by...
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