Connexions exists to connect people working for social justice with information, resources, groups, and other people. Connexions.org features a library of thousands of articles, books, documents, and periodicals: current materials as well as historical documents. You will find information about the world as it is now – and the visions, struggles, and movements of people working to change it.
Connexions.org also offers an event calendar, a directory of social justice groups and websites, a radical history feature called Seeds of Fire, a collection of thought-provoking quotations, and Connexipedia, an alternative encyclopedia covering the history of struggles for justice. A quick sketch of Connexions’ mandate is at the bottom of this page. You can read a description of the Connexions project, and a brief history.
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The Connexions Archive is a sister project dedicated to people’s history: keeping alive the rich history of grassroots movements for social justce. Its goal is to preserve and learn from the memories, experiences, strategies, and vision of those who have worked for justice over the years. The Connexions Archive is a working archive holding a large number of materials from grassroots groups spanning several decades of activism. A team of volunteers and interns works on scanning, abstracting, indexing, translating and digitizing these materials; more volunteers are always needed.
The Connexions Archive is located on the University of Toronto campus. Archive hours are limited; if you wish to visit, please contact us via the information on our contact form.
The content of the Connexions website is provided free of charge for non-commercial purposes.
How to get the most out of this website
Connexions is many things: above all, it is an online library featuring information about social justice. It offers thousands of online documents, plus information about books you can find in public libraries (or buy), alternative periodicals and websites, and films and videos you can watch online, or borrow from the library, or rent. And there is more, much more,
You can find lots of stuff quickly on Connexions.org, but Connexions is especially designed for people who want to explore a subject in detail. We want to help you acquire knowledge and understanding, not just facts. We know that really understanding a topic means research: reading multiple sources, current as well as historical, from a number of different perspectives. Connexions specializes in offering resources and points of view that are ‘alternative’ to, and to the left of, the mainstream, At the same time, we try to feature a diversity of left and alternative points of view, rather than a single ‘correct’ interpretation.
To fully benefit from the wealth of information on the site, you’ll need to use some of the research tools, including the Search feature, the browseable Subject Index, the Title, Author, Chronological and Format indexes.
Connexions aims to help you find what you are looking for – but also, and just as importantly, to help you find what you didn’t even know you were looking for. (Serendipity: n. “The faculty of making happy and unexpected discoveries by accident; happening upon things information, etc., by chance.”) We try to encourage fruitful creative research by providing a web of links within and between documents on the website, as well as by offering multiple paths to further exploration and discovery in the menus that appear across the top and down the left-hand side of almost every page on the website.
You’ll find more information about what is in Connexions and how to find things on the site below. We welcome your feedback about your experiences on the site and how we could improve it.
The Connexions.org website includes these main features:
Search and Find
Connexions features multiple tools to help you find what you’re looking for:
Gateways and Focus Pages
Connexions exists to support individuals and groups working for freedom and social justice. We work to maintain and make available a record of the theory and practice of people struggling against oppression and for social change. We believe that the more we know about the struggles, victories, and defeats of the past, and about those who took part in them, the better we will be to bring a new world into being.
Connexions maintains a physical archive of books and documents (The Connexions Archive), and is engaged in an ongoing project to build and expand an indexed digital archive of documents. We try to feature a wide variety of resources reflecting a diversity of viewpoints and approaches to social change within our overall mandate of support for democracy, civil liberties, freedom of expression, universal human rights, secularism, equality, economic justice, environmental responsibility, and the creation and preservation of community.
We are internationalist in our orientation, but as a Canadian-based project we feature an especially extensive collection of Canadian documents and profiles of Canadian activist organizations.
Statement of Values
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A note on the collection
The Connexions project has been collecting and sharing information and resources since 1975. The Connexions Archive, currently located on the University of Toronto campus, contains more than 100,000 periodicals, books, pamphlets, leaflets, posters, buttons and ephemera of various kinds. Much of the collection, but not all, has been catalogued and indexed; a smaller proportion has been digitized. The Connexions website holds more than 325,000 files, some of which are digital versions of physical documents in the Connexions Archive, but many of which are digital-only.
Connexions’ mandate is to inform and encourage individuals and groups working for freedom and social justice. We believe that this requires including a wide diversity of viewpoints, including views that members of the Connexions team do not personally agree with. We believe that in order to present alternative views effectively, we must understand and engage with ideas we are criticizing. We believe that criticism and debate are essential. We support freedom of speech and critical analysis; we oppose suppression and censorship.
Contact: Visit the Contact page.
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