Answered Questions

QUESTION: WILPF U.S. Section Executive Director during the 1960s and 1970s

question / pregunta: 

I would like to find out the name of the Executive Director of WILPF U.S. Section during the late 1960s and early 1970s when the national office was located in Philadelphia. If available, I would also like a brief biography.

QUESTION: Introverts vs. Extroverts

question / pregunta: 

How can introverts and extroverts use their strengths and weaknesses to create synergy in the workplace?

QUESTION: Sanctuary/Religious activism in Dallas, TX

question / pregunta: 

I am currently researching Quaker culture in Dallas, TX. I discovered that in 1983 the Dallas Quaker Meeting House agreed to provide sanctuary to Central American Immigrants in need. I am wondering if there is any record of an immigrant taking sanctuary through the meeting house, or any conflict with local law enforcement regarding a claim of sanctuary.

QUESTION: Boycott the Palm, homelessness in NYC

question / pregunta: 

Greetings Radical Reference!
Folks in Denver are organizing against the Urban Camping Ban, a 2012 ordinance that criminalizes homeless people. In part, this involves boycotting the Palm restaurant in downtown Denver (the Palm supports the Urban Camping Ban). Organizers there have reached out to folks in NYC and elsewhere in the US to organize a national day of action. People in NYC are planning to be involved, but wish to do so in a way that will also highlight the myriad ways homeless people are also criminalized in this city.

To do the best job possible, some of us in NYC are looking for resources on the following:
-How does one organize an effective economic boycotts (esp of restaurants/companies)
-In what specific ways are homeless people criminalized in NYC?
-All about the Palm restaurant (a national high-end restaurant chain with head office at 837 Second Avenue, NY) - how it is run, its affiliations, economic information, etc. --Also any links the Palm has to structures of power which criminalize homeless here in NYC.

Thanks so much for any help!

QUESTION: Socially-Motivated Photo-Illustrated Children's Books (50's. 60's, 70's, 80's)

question / pregunta: 

I am searching for analyses of socially-motivated, politically-informed photo-illustrated children's books of mid to late 20th century. The genre appears to have peaked in the 1970's and then collapsed. I am writing a speculative article regarding this and would like to be, well, less speculative.
Many Thanks.

QUESTION: Labor by Prisoners in Oklahoma

question / pregunta: 

Are prisoners under supervision of Oklahoma DoC required to do work? There is a company using prisoner workers that does yearbook scanning "for free" for libraries, then sells the scans to commercial genealogy/class reunion vendors - would it be accurate to describe the prison labor used for this as "forced labor" or is that too strong a term? What literature can be found that looks at the merits of providing training to the incarcerated versus the downward impact this cheap labor pool has on low end wages outside of prison?

QUESTION: Campaign contributions for county and city elections in Georgia

question / pregunta: 

I'm trying to find information on campaign contributions for my city and county in Georgia. Specifically, Bryan County and Richmond Hill (the city). I've found where I can see contributions for state-level elections, but not down at the local level. Any help on this would be appreciated

QUESTION: prostitution

question / pregunta: 

what are your rights if you are charged with prostitution?

QUESTION: Need a historical precedent for open letter to teargas supplier NonLethal Technologies, re: Gezi Park, protests in Turkey, Turkish police brutality

question / pregunta: 

Hi RR,

I'm writing on an open letter to the Pennsylvania-based supplier of tear gas that the Turkish police are currently using in extreme quantities, and as projectiles, against thousands of protesters as well as non-protesting citizens in Turkey. I thought I'd make the case in the letter that their product is being misused, kind of how a U.S. middle school teacher made the same case in his letter to Defense Technologies in 2012, excerpted from his blog at the bottom of this email.

Then, I want to find some case examples to add to the open letter. Either A) cases where a company has learned its product was being used to hurt people and publicly stopped supplying it to those who were doing the misusing, and/or B) cases where a company was asked to stop supplying a product that was being used harmfully, didn't stop, and then was subsequently condemned by history for their reticence.

Maybe a weapons company, computers, something...? My sister mentioned a case involving IBM computers in wartime, but didn't know how this situation had turned out.

Please let me know if you have ideas for case examples for this letter. (Also any other data that could help the letter be convincing and strong.)

Also, I think NonLethal Technologies is the name of the main company supplying tear gas to Turkish government police right now this week, but I'd love to have help confirming this, and help finding out how to contact them and also contact the pepper spray supplier.

Thank you very much for all that you do. I hope this question is answerable.

All best,


"I have no doubt that the millions of dollars worth of tear gas cannisters you produce have their place—a non-lethal and usually harmless method of dispersing mobs who have gone out of control, but this is not how the Republic of Turkey uses your product. The police break up every manner of gathering in a similar way that they did ours—whether it is a group of secular nationalist on Indepence Day, a gathering of Kurdish mothers in a tent, townspeople protesting the building of a dam or students objecting to tuition hikes. They attack teachers, church goers (a sizeable Christian community lives in Istanbul), democrats, rock musicians, children and housewives. And the gas cannisters are certainly not always harmless—a Google image search on ‘tear gas cannisters’ is enough to yield some pictures of injuries from these things that turns your stomach. There are rumors sometimes that the police are deliberately targeting people.

I am writing to ask you to be more judicial in who you select as your customers, to not sell your product who regularly use it to attack their own people."

QUESTION: Defunct NGO, Canada

question / pregunta: 

I am looking for the history of a development organization founding in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario in 1967. The organization raised money for international development and started the Global Community Centre in Kitchener in 1974 which was a hub for activism and education iniatives. However I cannot find anything about the organization except for its name and founding date. Would appreciate help.