Announcing the 2018 Social Justice Ed Fair!

Hey powerful people!

We’re thrilled to announce the 7th Annual Twin Cities Social Justice Education Fair!! The Fair seeks to bring together educators, students, parents, and communities from across the Twin Cities Metro to collaborate, network, and organize social justice in education, and is sponsored yearly by many local colleges and schools of education. The Fair, to take place on Thursday, October 18th, is now in its seventh year and has grown exponentially since its inception, with more than 500 participants last year, around 40 workshops. The fair is going to be all day on Thursday October 18, 2018 at Johnson High School ().

The theme of this year’s fair is “We’re Fed Up! Bite the hands that feed us! : resisting the menu of schooling.” More details are at the bottom of this post. The keynote panel for this year’s fair, in alignment with the theme, features Ricardo Levins Morales and Appetite for Change

We’re still looking out for interesting workshops at the fair, prioritizing work from current staff, students, families, and people of color. The goal of these workshops is to share or brainstorm with the community different ways that we are intersecting social justice and education, and working on education as a practice of freedom in these toxic times. We strongly encourage collaborative workshops and hope you consider reaching out to friends, classmates, and colleagues to construct a workshop. Take a look at the workshop submission form here, due Sept 16

Hope to see many of you there!

We’re Fed Up! Bite the hands that feed us! : resisting the menu of schooling.

From K-12 to college, students, teachers, and staff are reminded of the risk of questioning the status quo when warned “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you!” But, when “the hand feeds you” is feeding you $#*t, you have no other choice but to bite it, precisely because we’re fed up! We’ve been steadily fed a diet chosen and controlled by those trying to oppress us. We’ve been fed up like cows for slaughter. It is now our duty to both fight back and bite back!

As Fannie Lou Hamer said, “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.” We’re sick of white supremacy, settler education, SROs in schools, the repression of teachers who speak truth to power, the funneling of students into special education, the hollowing out of mental health services, the dismantling of ethnic studies, the colonizing curriculum that invites xenophobia, and continued attacks against queer, trans and gender expansive students in schools!

Are you or someone you know fed up with the bull$#*t? Highly allergic to it? Sick of it? If so, you are not alone. The good news is that you are in the company of students, teachers, staff persons, and others who make up a community of radicals committed to transformative educational work. The Social Justice Education Movement (SJEM) will be hosting the 7th Annual Twin Cities Social Justice Education Fair on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2018 at Johnson High School in St. Paul and we are currently accepting proposals for workshops.

We call on all education revolutionaries – particularly K-12 students, families, and educators- to submit your workshop proposals by Sunday September 16, 2018. Workshop slots are 75 minutes long with four workshop sessions over the course of the day. As you craft your proposals, we encourage to keep with this year’s theme (Bite the hands that feed us!) and consider the following questions:

In what ways are K-12 students, families, and educators already biting the hands that feed them?
– Why is it our duty to both fight back and bite back?
– How do we develop a collective strategy to bite back when there are so many different hands “feeding” us?
– What are the consequences of biting the hands that feeds us? What happens when the hand that feeds us $#*t is the same hand that beats the $#*t out of us through budget cuts, detention, suspensions, expulsions, firings, threats to dismantle vital programming for students of color and Indigenous students etc?
– How do we create an educational community in which we are feeding ourselves? In other words, how can we be beholden to one another and not a hand that feeds us $#*t?
– How are we growing despite this $#*t?



Location Set, Workshops Listed Online, and Registration Open!

Dear SJEF community,


Registration is now open! Visit our registration page as soon as possible to ensure we have plenty of time to prepare for food, childcare, t-shirts, and other day-of logistics! Last year, we saw around 700 people come through on the day of the fair – that’s a lot of people to feed and each year we tend to grow exponentially! Helps us out and register by October 14th (though day-of registration is also available).


For a nearly complete list of more than 50 workshops, click here! You’ll find workshop title and descriptions  on a range of issues and themes, including ethnic studies, race and racism, youth-led workshops on student activism and so much more!


We are excited to announce that this year’s fair will take place at Patrick Henry High School in North Minneapolis. Visit our information page for more details.

See you on October 21st!



Youth Art Contest and More Info on 2016 Fair!

Dear Youth, Families, Education Workers, and Community,
We are excited to share this year’s theme and open the call for workshop proposals. Visit our website to read about our theme: Upset the Setup!, and to submit a brief workshop proposal. **Proposal deadline extended to September 21st! **
Youth Art Contest

Calling all youth artists! Share your artwork with fair participants this year!

1) Design an image for this year’s fair reflecting the theme, “Upset the Setup!” The chosen artist will receive an award of $150. Image should work as one-color design (for t-shirts) but can be submitted as a multi-color artwork. Deadline to submit is September 16th.

2) Share your artwork at this year’s fair! We will be holding space for any and all youth artists to display and/or offer artwork for sale. Artist’s will keep 100% of anything sold. If interest is there, we may organize a pre-fair exhibition at a local venue to display artwork for a longer time period. Any and all mediums are welcome and we will do our best to accommodate.

To submit to artwork for the contest or for exhibition please send us a digital copy of your work at

Volunteer for the Fair!
We need volunteers! Earn service hours and/or meet new people committed to education justice. Are you multi-lingual? Tech savvy? Ready to do whatever? From Hunger Management to the Reboot Crew, there are opportunities for all skills and schedules. 
Here are a few options for getting involved, depending on your interest:
  1. One-Time Volunteer: Put in a few hours during the Fair or at pre-or post-fair events.
  2. Committee Volunteer: Work with a small team to bottom-line a core aspect of the Fair’s work. For example–logistics work (securing food donations) or contributing to growing one of the following tracks (Tracks are organized by groups of folks who recruit workshops and make space at the fair that center particular issues.) The following are tracks that folks are already working on this year:
    • Youth Activists Summit (aka Youth Track)
    • Parents and Families Track
    • In-School Organizing Track
    • Adult Basic Education/Adult Learner Track (new!)
    • Early Childhood Caregivers and Educators Track (new!)
    • Ethnic Studies (new!)
    • And? If you feel passionately about organizing a track at the fair, contact us!
  3. Big Picture Volunteer: Attend regular meetings (bi-weekly) with the Organizing Team to ensure all parts of the Fair are accounted for and successful.
For more information, contact or fill out this volunteer interest form.  
Tabling at the Fair
Visit our website to submit a tabling proposal if your organization would like to table at the fair.
Tabling will take place throughout the day of the fair, with the day starting at 8am. You are welcome to arrive as early as 7:30am to begin set-up. Busiest times for tabling will be during breakfast, lunch, and transition times between workshops. We’ll provide more details as it gets closer .
*$20 suggested donation (to help defray the costs of the fair).


Sponsor the Fair
The fair is now in its fifth year and has grown exponentially since its inception, with more than 700 participants last year and around 50 workshops. With our growing capacity as an organization, we are planning to put on an even bigger and better fair this year. To coordinate (all volunteer) such a large event, keep it free, serve nutritious, local food, and provide quality childcare, we need a community effort!
If your organization is interested in co-sponsoring the fair, please email Contributions to the fair can include money, food or drink, volunteer people power, support for outreach, materials, or other kinds of contributions! All co-sponsors are listed in our program, on our website, and will have a reserved area to table, if desired.
Keep an eye out throughout the summer for updates on the keynote, location, registration, and more!
In Solidarity,
The Social Justice Education Movement