The Education committee is partnering with Occupy the SouthSide to bring a series of bi-weekly teach-ins to the southside of Chicago where the effects of many 1% policies, from austerity to the prison-industrial complex, are strongest.
The teach-ins will all take place at the First Unitarian Church of Chicago, (5650 s Woodlawn) on Thursday evenings after 7pm. The Social Justice Council of the church has officially endorsed Occupy Chicago, and now hosts bi-weekly general assemblies for Occupy the SouthSide at the time time and location on weeks when there is not a teach-in.
The first teach-in will be Thursday, Feb. 2nd at 7:30pm on the topic of School Closings and their impact on the community.
There will be a panel of academic and activist speakers each given a short time to present before the format opens up to allow participants to discuss and ask further questions of the panelists.
Confirmed speakers are: Dr. Kenneth Saltman, Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Research at Depaul and author of "The Failure of Corporate School Reform."
Nathan Goldbaum, Co-Chair of CORE, Caucus Of Rank-and-file Educators.
Rico Gutstein, representing Teachers for Social Justice.
We have invited KOCO but their participation is unconfirmed.
Future SouthSide teach-in topics include the prison-industrial complex, and other issues important to that community.
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High school Occupy movements all over the country are atomized and isolated. That’s okay, even good, but only to a point: Students and teachers need to be able to voice the concerns of their individual schools and school systems, but in front of a larger backdrop. Right now, that backdrop is nowhere to be seen. We must work together if we work at all.
All of us at the OccupyChicago HS Outreach hope that once occupyhighschool.com becomes searchable by major engines like google and bing, the site can act as a kind of index of HS occupations all over the country. Until then, schools need to do some serious brainstorming: Many of us are unable to stage successful walk-outs like Garfield High in Seattle this November, for a score of reasons, safety among them. But this should not prevent us from voicing our discontent. We must have a unified front before we jump to act: The ability to maintain an informed, allied, and cooperative grounding was (and is) partly what made Chile’s student revolts so successful.
The March 1 date for "Action" doesn't gel with OWS's plans for the spring (especially here at Occupy Chicago, since the NATO and G8 Summits are being held in May)--should it be pushed back? Is that possible?
I've made some buttons and stickers for my school. Can I send you guys some? You might consider passing them out at your teach-ins... Images are on the site under "We Need Unity:" http://occupyhighschool.com
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