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There is a hunger for radical history в?? to give credit to past struggles, to learn from our mistakes and to improve our strategies for the future. Oral histories are a popular method. This panel brings together people who want to think about the possibilities, strategies, challenges and implications of movement based oral history projects. Adam King will talk about the use of oral history as a methodology, and consider some questions concerning the production of collective memory, 'reliability', and the social context of narrative and remembering. His work is on miners and labour struggles in Sudbury, Ontario. Nate Prier is an organizer of sorts in migrant justice and indigenous liberation work in Toronto and elsewhere, and is trying to slowly develop a hopefully useful movement archive for a city that kinda needs one. Benjamin Shepard will discuss the use of oral histories about the AIDS and global justice movements to help organizers reflect on the lessons, meanings and future directions of movements and collective organizing efforts. Lesley Wood is part of an activist-initiated oral history project of the Peopleв??s Global Action Network. She is thinking through the different ways to make the project useful to movements.