CHC Blog

Explore the latest writings by CHC members. Our coalition preserves the cultural history of the back-to-the land movement in California and Oregon, and we constantly receive and discover new materials. We offer historical context and comparative insights. 

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How Poster Art of the “Long 1960s” Fueled International Solidarity

In the mid-1960s political posters began a renaissance.4 In the United States, one transformative moment happened when the San Francisco Mime Troupe (pronounced “meem,” an homage to Greek and Roman exaggerated
theater—they were not silent) was arrested in 1965 for deliberately performing “obscenity” in public.5 Their new publicist, Bill Graham, mounted an enormously successful defense benefit that would launch his career as a rock music impresario.
Promotional art for those early concerts was wild, innovative, affordable, and hugely popular.6
At the same time, artists in countries such as Poland, Mexico, and Cuba were experimenting with this powerful medium, and much of it targeted to young people. By the late 1960s posters would never be the same.

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Reimagining Cooperative Cannabis

This study is the second part of a research on cooperative questions related to cannabis cultivation in the Emerald Triangle of California. The first phase, carried out in August-October 2021, consisted of a survey of 81 cannabis farmers on the North Coast of California. The survey revealed that 85.7% of respondents were interested in getting support for cooperative development. This second research dives deeper into the needs and ideas of cultivators by presenting the findings of interviews conducted with 28 of the survey respondents.

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Bioregional Movements: A Story from Many Voices

Bioregionalism is a philosophy and idea that has been the dominant way that communities have existed around the planet for thousands of years. In western thought, bioregional movements, and the term bioregion can be traced back for more than four decades, rooted from naturalists like Aldo Leopold, and different strains of spiritualism, romanticism, anarchism, feminism, regional geography dating back to the 19th and 20th centuries.

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