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"How to Ignite Social Change" (16 minutes)

Robert Reich invites you to join his class on wealth and inequality in America.

The topic for the first lecture is the three elements of social change.

"Understand Your Split Brain" (22.5 minutes)

In his second class in this series, Robert Reich examines the competing values that inform Americans' views of the economy.

"What Should Be the Purpose of Corporations?" (16.5 minutes)

Robert Reich examines the role of corporations in America, and how the decisions of corporate executives impact the rest of the economy.

"Another Year. Another Fight" (3 minutes)

Last year, you stood up. You took action. You fought for the country you want to live in. These fights aren't over, and we're ready to do it all again with you this year.

"Black Life at the Intersection of Birth and Death" (8 minutes)

"It is the artist's job to unearth stories that people try to bury with shovels of complacency and time," says poet and freedom fighter Mwende "FreeQuency" Katwiwa. Performing her poem "The Joys of Motherhood," Katwiwa explores the experience of Black mothers in America and discusses the impact of the Movement for Black Lives — because, she says, it's impossible to separate the two.

"Reclaiming Their Voice: The Native American Vote in New Mexico" (41.5 minutes)

This 2009 documentary -- directed by EMMY-winning filmmaker, Dorothy Fadiman -- documents ways in which Native Americans have been disenfranchised over centuries, in particular in voting representation. It chronicles the Laguna Pueblo tribe of New Mexico in their 2004 groundbreaking voter registration drive and the challenges they faced once Laguna voters arrived at the polls. The film also shows the Sacred Alliance for Grassroots Equality's (SAGE) fight to preserve parts of the sacred Petroglyph National Monument.

The film is narrated by Peter Coyote and features interviews with members of the local Laguna community, including New Mexico House Representative, W. Ken Martinez. Robin H. Levin, the Community Librarian of the Fort Washakie School in Wyoming, said of the film: "Emotions run deep when viewing this insightful political documentary. The story blends sincere efforts to achieve political clout with unfortunate results that, somehow, do not shut down the hopes of Native voters in New Mexico."

In 2010, the film won the “Best New Mexico Film Award” at the first Duke City Doc Festival, which later became the Albuquerque International Film Festival.

"The Story of Cosmetics" (8 minutes)

An examination of the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products, from lipstick to baby shampoo. This film by The Story of Stuff Project reveals the implications for consumer and worker health and the environment, and outlines ways we can move the industry away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives

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