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RadPsyNews #11

January 1996


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Issue #11 Contents
  1. Membership Update (Dennis Fox)
  2. On The Internet (Tor Neilands)
  3. Call For Papers
  4. Letters
    1. Cuba (Isaac Prilleltensky)
    2. Research Assistance (Neil Wollman)
    3. Racism Mini-Convention (Melissa Warren)

 


MEMBERSHIP UP, FINANCES ....

Dennis Fox
RadPsyNet Co-coordinator

The good news: Official membership in the Radical Psychology Network is up! We now have 102 members, passing the 100 mark for the first time!

More than a year ago, we had almost 100 members. But then we began to appeal for dues . . . and eventually dropped a couple of dozen members who never told us if they wanted a dues waiver. Ending newsletter distribution to those who did not seem to want i t let us keep afloat financially.

A year later, we have made up for those losses and then some.

Our 102 members are mostly in the United States (59, in 25 states) and Canada (21, in 4 provinces), but also include 5 each in the United Kingdom and New Zealand, 3 in Australia, and 1 each in Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Turkey, India, Indonesia, South Africa, and Venezuela. We have half a dozen members in each of several metropolitan areas: North York, Ontario; Boston/Cambridge, Massachusetts; and New York City.

There is a down side, however: our continuing minimal bank account! In the last newsletter, we reminded members to renew dues, and to renew early if possible. We also announced our new dues policy: up to $50, on a sliding scale, if you can afford it.

Unfortunately, membership response has not been overwhelming. Some history:

We began to ask for dues in the summer of 1994. In the rest of that year, we took in $538 (including two $100 payments) and spent $263, leaving us $275 at the end of the year. Great!

In 1995 we took in $583 but spent $609, $26 more than we collected. Our balance is down to $250. Not so great. At this rate, we'll be broke after another newsletter or two.

What do we spend your money on? In 1995: $260 for photocopying; $299 on postage; and $50 to register RadPsyNet at the APA convention. Most copying and postage costs are for the newsletters.

We have taken steps to reduce costs. The newsletter is shorter. We no longer mail membership lists to everyone; instead, we send a list through the Internet to those with e-mail. But unless more members pay dues and pay more dues we'll have to continue sh ortening the newsletter. We do have 68 dues-paying members, but a third of the members have not been able to pay.

As we've noted before, unless dues pick up we'll have to rely on the Internet instead. That's a lot cheaper, and reaches more people in more places, but it only reaches those with computer access. We can't hand out World Wide Web pages at conferences! So if you'd like to send in more dues, my address is in the box on the left.

By the way, our revised outreach leaflet and dues form now have current contact, dues and other information. If you'd like leaflets to hand out at conferences, in class, or elsewhere, let me know! I can send you some to distribute, or even better, a few t o photocopy yourself.

[See our current membership policy!]


ON THE INTERNET

RADPSYNET GOPHER SERVICE DISCONTINUED

WWW SERVICE TO BE UPGRADED

Tor Neilands
RadPsyNet WWW Administrator

Due to the changing nature of the Internet, and the growing popularity of the World Wide Web (WWW), we are discontinuing the distribution of newsletters and other Radical Psychology Network information via gopher. All data will now be disseminated via WWW .

If you have text-only Internet capability, you can still visit our site, which is deliberately designed to be light on graphics and heavy on content. You can use LYNX, a text-based WWW browser, to visit our site. If you do not have LYNX on your own comput er system, you can TELNET to ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu to find out more about LYNX (once you connect to KUFACTS server, move to "Kufacts and the Web", then choose "World Wide Web Clients").

We are moving the location of the Web page to a new URL (WWW address):

http://www.radpsynet.org

The old address will work for a while, but to be safe, you should start using the new address as soon as possible.

We are also looking for help in updating the website. We are particularly interested in anyone with websites we can link to, particularly those of you who have papers, articles and other publications available on-line.

If you have basic questions about using WWW or viewing the Radical Psychology Network WWW site, contact your local computer support representative. If you cannot reach our site or if you have materials and suggestions for the new WWW site, send Email


CALL FOR PAPERS

 

JOURNAL OF SOCIAL JUSTICE

Reconfiguring Power, Challenges for the 21st Century

Topics for this issue may include:

Review: Each submission will be read by a committee of two members

Format: Submit three hard copies of a 12 size font, double spaced of no more than 30 pages, including references. Each paper must have an abstract of no more than 1 page. On a separate card, include the title of the paper and your contact information.

Deadline: May 6, 1996

Address: Professor Pedro Noguera
University of California at Berkeley
School of Education
Social and Cultural Studies
4501 Tolman Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720


THE JOURNAL OF SOCIAL ISSUES

The O.J. Simpson Trial

Gloria Cowen and Halford Fairchild are soliciting proposals for papers for a special issue of the Journal of Social Issues on the O.J. Simpson trial. They are especially interested in theoretical and/or empirical articles that examine race and the crimina l justice system, racism, domestic violence, jury selection, media and the law, public opinion, expert witnesses or psychology of the law.

Papers must be tied to the O.J. Simpson trial. Send one to three page manuscript proposals, in duplicate to:

Gloria Cowan
Department of Psychology
California State University
San Bernadino, CA 92407
Email : gcowan@wiley.csusb.edu

Please include a biographical sketch.

The deadline is March 1, 1995


LETTERS

 

HELP TO COLLEAGUES IN CUBA

The Radical Psychology Network, which I help co-ordinate, wishes to help our colleagues in Cuba with educational materials. We decided on this initiative at our meeting during the APA convention in New York.

I have been in contact with a colleague in Cuba who would distribute the materials among those who need them. They require books on all the subjects of psychology. Although they prefer materials in Spanish, they read English and can make use of many of th e books we have or are given free by publishers as sample copies. If you have books you no longer require and you think they may be beneficial to our colleagues in Cuba, please consider some of them. Although some of the materials may not be appropriate t o their context, my friends there would make the final decision.

In addition to books, they are very short on stationery. Pencils, paper, you name it. Please consider sending some of your extra resources to the people in Cuba. Other materials such as transparencies and the like can also be of use.

The colleague who will distribute the materials is:

Demetrio Campa
Facultad de Psicologia
Universidad de La Habana
San Rafeal #1168
Habana 3, Cuba

Thank you very much for your responsiveness to this request. Demetrio and his colleagues will appreciate it. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me:

Isaac Prilleltensky
Department of Psychology
Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3C5
Phone: (519) 884-0710, ext. 3989
Fax: (519) 746-7605
Email: Isaac.Prilleltensky@vu.edu.au


RESEARCH ASSISTANCE SOUGHT

I am looking for a researcher(s) to take over major responsibilities for analysis, interpretation, and writing up of material gathered from interviews with 40 national progressive activist groups (peace, human rights, environmental, etc.). Taped interview s dealing with organizational topics have been transcribed. One round of analysis has already been conducted on the data (organizational morale). Other possible areas of analysis include such topics as strategic planning, development, and influencing publ ic opinion. There is now a basic methodology and computer program protocol that has been established. This will make it considerably easier to work with data that have not yet been analyzed or "old" data that can be examined in different ways.

(NOTE: This is not a paid position.)

Contact:

Neil Wollman, Psychology Department, Manchester College, N. Manchester, IN 46962; Phone: (219) 982-5346;

 


RACISM AND OPPRESSION AS A THEME FOR APA CONVENTION

Dear Fellow Radicals,

A number of us who were present at RadPsyNet's annual meeting, decided we should try to influence APA to devote more of their resources to goals we hold in high esteem. To this end, several means were discussed, among them was the designation of a future APA convention as a forum to highlight racism and oppression. There is strong support for this idea among presidents of several psychological societies, including ABPsi (the Association of Black Psychologists, the AAPA (Asian American Psychological Associ ation), NHPA (the National Hispanic Psychological Association) and SIP (the Society of Indian Psychologists) as well as division 45 of APA, the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, as reported by one of our members who attended t heir meeting as well as ours, Jim Statman. He said the persons who attended a meeting of the leadership of those societies were favorably inclined toward proposing that APA recognize racism and oppression as a theme for an upcoming convention.

Since that time, I have broached the idea with APA staff who are influential in determining the content of APA's annual convention. The Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs, which is located at APA and serves a coordinating function for psychologists advocat ing for issues closely related to ethnic minority concerns, has decided to take on the task of figuring out how to highlight racism, and perhaps oppression, using the meetings of the steering committee that will be devoted to that effort. I would like to bring the ideas of RadPsyNet members to the table and advance them. I think it would be beneficial for us to join with the aforementioned entities, as well as other interested parties, in advancing our common goals. If you have ideas about how we can make a convention program that addresses racism and oppression most effective, please let me know what they are. Particulars I plan to bring to the table include:

1. Inviting a well-known speaker to the opening session who will speak on racism and oppression;

2. Asking that oppression be coupled with racism in whatever form our efforts take;

3. Asking a president of APA to designate the theme of his presidential year as "Racism and Oppression";

4. Trying to have the art which represents the convention, which is featured on the cover of the program, T-shirts, and on publicity and registration material, represent the theme of racism and oppression; and

5. Having a mini-convention entitled, "Racism and Oppression" and soliciting papers on that topic, grouping them in one location, and publicizing them as a unit.

Please communicate thoughts you have on this topic. I would be especially glad to receive suggestions for a guest speaker. Assuming none of these efforts will bear fruit, I hope that RadPsyNet members will submit symposia proposals that address racism and oppression directly. Since the deadline for submitting proposals for the 1997 convention will be December 1996, less than one year from now, it is not too early to begin planning your contribution. Be sure to include members of groups who have experienced oppression as members of your symposia. Students should also be included whenever possible. Contact me with your suggestions - Melissa Warren.


Editor: Jackie Klosek




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