EDUCATORS SEEKING TO CREATE SUSTAINABLE LIBERATORY SPACES INSIDE AND BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, TO PROMOTE GROWTH, HEALING, AND TRANSFORMATION
AS A COLLECTIVE, WE SEEK TO BUILD AUTONOMOUS COMMUNITIES THROUGH TRANSFORMATIVE LOVE AND JUSTICE. WE RECOGNIZE MISEDUCATION AS A VEHICLE OF OPPRESSION BECAUSE SCHOOLING WAS CREATED TO COLONIZE AND DEHUMANIZE OUR COMMUNITIES. WE WORK TO CREATE A CRITICAL EDUCATIONAL APPROACH THAT IS CULTURALLY-RESPONSIVE AND LINGUISTICALLY VALIDATING. IN AN EFFORT TO REBUILD OUR COMMUNITIES, WE ENGAGE IN COLLECTIVE INQUIRY FOR KNOWLEDGE OF SELF. IN DOING SO, WE WILL RECLAIM INDIGENOUS WISDOM TO RESTORE OUR HUMANITY AND ENVISION ANOTHER WORLD.
1) Sustain/inspire members through strategic relationship building
2) Develop cohesion with common language around political goals
3) Research building a long-standing Community School
4) Publish decolonial lessons
Is open to anyone that:
a. Believes in the organization’s vision and mission.
b. Completes application/contract (code and sexual boundaries)
c. Attends new member orientation
d. Pays dues ($6/month teachers; $3/month university students; $1/month youth)
e. Is active in working groups (i.e.: taking minutes, facilitation, completes tasks)
f. Attends 50% of organization’s meetings, working groups, and events within a school year (August – May)
WORD OF THE MONTH
(Taken from our Mission and Vision)
Definition: To establish one’s own way of living and relating to each other that is independent of the state or dominant institutions. Being collective in nature, it challenges individualism and ideologies that maintain oppression. At the heart of autonomy is the deep sense of self determination, rebellious sustainability, a challenging and re-imagining of power relations.
Examples: Women’s Revolutionary Law (of the Zapatistas) , Grassroots Organizing, Organizing in Ferguson, Freedom School, Respecting the Autonomy of Other Groups, Figuring out how to work in the belly of the beast to go beyond traditional solidarity
Resources: The Zapatistas, Change the World Without Taking Power, by John Holloway, South Central Farm, Black Panther Party (survival programs)