2018 FAIR: We’re Fed up

Thursday, October 18 2018

Science Museum of Minnesota,

120 W Kellogg Blvd,

Saint Paul, MN 55102

hosted by the Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center

Register to attend the Fair

See all workshops here

Description of the day

Time Event Room
8:00 – 9:00 AM Registration and Breakfast Education Lobby
9:00 – 10:15 AM Workshop Sessions I Various Classrooms
10:30 – 11:45 AM Opening/Keynote Discovery Hall
12:00 – 1:00 PM Workshop Sessions II Various Classrooms
1:00 – 2:00 PM Lunch / “Digestion Session” / Youth chill session Education Lobby
2:00 – 3:15 PM Workshop Sessions III Various Classrooms
3:30 – 4:00 PM Closing circle: Who’s at the table Discovery Hall

See room locations and map here

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! Like cows for slaughter, we’ve been steadily fed a diet chosen and controlled by those trying to oppress us.  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-non-conforming 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. Here are some questions we would like everyone to think of as they go through the day –

  • 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?

Description of the day’s events

Keynote: Appetite for Change and Ricardo Levins Morales

Appetite For Change uses food as a tool building health, wealth, and social change in North Minneapolis. AFC is a community-led organization that strengthens families, creates economic prosperity, and encourages healthy living. What we do: We are committed to using food as a vehicle for social change. We believe when families reclaim the kitchen as a place to bond with and educate their children, communities become stronger and more equipped for the struggles of daily life. Bringing people together around food is one way to build community for creating social, racial and economic justice and change. https://appetiteforchangemn.org/ #TheYouthAreTheTruth @afcmn

Ricardo Levins Morales describes himself as a “healer and trickster organizer disguised as an artist.” He grew up in the anti-colonial movement in his native Puerto Rico and was drawn into activism in Chicago where his family moved in the late 1960s. He has long been involved in struggles for labor rights and social justice and is currently active in the movement for police abolition. He sees his art and organizing practices as ways to address individual, collective and historical trauma. He co-founded the workshop series, Restoring Power: Trauma and Resilience for Organizers. He operates, with a crew of co-workers, out of a studio/storefront gallery in south Minneapolis. https://www.rlmartstudio.com/

Sessions I and III : Workshop sessions presented by our community.

Session II: Resisting the menu of schooling: Art, activities and organizing

We are in a call to action. Our goal is to learn from each other and to continue in the work. Together we are powerful and together we can make change. Organizing sessions provide a chance to transform the community brought together by the fair into a movement to create change. Find the session that speaks to you and explore how you can be a part of further organizing to combat oppression and transform our world. These sessions from 12-1 are focused on organizing, activities, and the arts.

Lunch: Digestion Session and Youth Chill Session

Let’s digest the day so far and make plans to use this soil we have nurtured together.

Space for youth-only lunch is available at KAYSC (Classroom 7) on the 2nd Floor.

Closing Circle: Who’s at the table?

Please join us at 3:30 as we close out this year’s fair together. How will we grow?

As we think towards next year: Grow the power, shape the movement.

  • If you want to make an idea happen, please join the organizing committee!
  • Where should the fair be next year? Should we do several small fairs instead of one big one? Are you part of a youth group who would like to help shape the fair? Let’s link! Stay posted on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sjemtc/ and new on Insta: SOCIALJUSTICEFAIR
  • We hope to see you July 11-14 for Free Minds, Free People, an Education for Liberation Network Conference hosted in 2019 right here in the Twin Cities! fmfp.org


Room locations and Map

Room Locations

  • Education Lobby – Level 2
  • Classrooms 1-12 – Level 2
  • Discovery Hall – Level 4
  • Auditorium – Level 3
  • Argon, Xeon, Neon – Level 6

Special Rooms

  • Mother’s room – Level 2
  • Childcare – Classroom 1 (Level 2)
  • Prayer/quiet room – Neon (Level 6)
  • The Potluck/Potlatch: SJEF’s Collective Space at the Education Lobby, all day. Towards strategizing in collectives, this is a participatory design space. Bring questions or ideas. Leave a gift (an idea, a resource, a drawing, a contact, an announcement, etc.). Stop by before you leave to see what others have asked or offered.


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