Second Youth Track Meet-Up this coming Tuesday at Penumbra – all (but especially young folks) are welcome to attend

We are excited to host the second Twin Cities Social Justice Education Fair Youth Track Meet-Up next week. Please join us if you are interested in helping to plan and recruit youth-led workshops and creatively vision other activities and meaningful spaces for youth at this year’s fair. All folks but especially young people of color, young queer folks and young women are welcome here!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Penumbra Theater
270 N Kent St, St Paul, MN 55102
6:30pm-8:30pm
RSVP Here

Hope to see you there!!

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Fair Updates: Youth Track Meet-up and much more!

Youth Track Meet-Up Next Week:

We are excited to host a Twin Cities Social Justice Education Fair Youth Track Social Gathering next week. Please join us if you are interested in helping to plan and recruit youth-led workshops and creatively vision other activities and meaningful spaces for youth at this year’s fair. Young people of color, young queer folks and women are especially welcome here!

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Neighborhoods Organizing for Change
911 W. Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411
4:00-6:00pm
Dinner provided
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At last week’s campaigns meet-up, educators, students, community organizers, and parents came together to discuss a wide variety of campaigns and organizing in the Twin Cities social justice education movement. Stay tuned for more information about upcoming meet-ups for the campaigns track and parent track!

Help us meet our fundraising needs for this year’s fair!

Based on last year’s costs and our expected increase in size this year, we are estimating that we will need to raise $2,000 in addition to other fundraising we are engaged in. Please contribute what you can to help us reach our goal and to continue to make the fair free to attend with meals and childcare provided for all!

Please share this indie-go-go campaign with others!

We are now accepting workshop proposals:

We’re looking for quality workshops of all types by students, parents, school staff, educators, after school workers, and community members for this year’s theme *Nothing About Us Without Us Is For Us*. Check out our website for more information about the theme and to submit a proposal.

Don’t forget to submit a workshop proposal for this year’s fair! Proposals are due by August 31, 2014.

And, check out ‘Unchain Our Children’ community event next week:

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Call for Workshop Proposals: 3rd Annual Twin Cities Social Justice Education Fair

Dear students, parents and caregivers, educators, and community members,
 
We are now accepting workshop proposals:
We’re looking for quality workshops of all types by students, parents, school staff, educators, after school workers, and community members for this year’s theme *Nothing About Us Without Us Is For Us*. Go to our Call for Proposals page to read more about our theme and to submit a proposal.
***Proposals are due by August 31, 2014***
New tracks this year at the Twin Cities 3rd Annual Social Justice Education Fair:
 
We are excited to announce that this year’s fair will include tracks that will specifically support youth,parents, and nascent or ongoing educational justice campaigns. We are planning larger community meet-ups leading up to the fair in order to get input, brainstorm ideas for, and plan for each of these three tracks. These events will also be critical opportunities for folks to connect, network, and build relationships. See below for more information about the first meet-up next week:
 
  • Social Justice Education Fair Campaigns Meet Up–this Tuesday, 8/5, 1pm!
    Are you organizing an education campaign? Or want to be? Come to this meet-up to network, share your goals, and collectively figure out how to use the Social Justice Education Fair this October 17th to build our campaigns and movement. 
     
    Please contact David or Shannon if you are interested in attending! It’s going to be a great time! 
Stay tuned for more information about upcoming meet-ups for the youth track (save the date for August 14th, 4-6pm) and parent track (details coming soon)!
 
Sincerely,
 
The Twin Cities Social Justice Education Fair Organizing Committee
Website: tcedfair.org
               (612) 787-2272

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Think of the Children: Fraud and Minnesota Charter Schools

Earlier this month, a report put out by The Center for Popular Democracy and the Integrity in Education project found that since charter schools first appeared in the early 1990s, they have been responsible for costing taxpayers $100 million in fraud, abuse, and waste.

In the introduction of the nearly 50-page document, the authors list three prototypical examples of the type of fraud the report focuses on, two of which are taken from Minnesota charter schools. Continue reading Think of the Children: Fraud and Minnesota Charter Schools

Students demand, “Whose Diversity?” at the U of M

“Power concedes nothing without demand”

– Fredrick Douglass, quoted at the Whose Diversity? rally on the steps of Morrill Hall, Thursday, May 15.

This week, we’re highlighting the recent and exciting organizing work of Whose Diversity?, a collective of undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Minnesota. The group sees itself extending the struggles to challenge and transform the culture of exclusion and enclosure of Black, queer, Chicano, Indigenous, working class, and other minoritized spaces, knowledges, and people at the historically white institution. Even after threats by the University administration to sanction and even expel some of the organizers, the campaign continues to gain momentum.

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Images from Whose Diversity? website – whosediversity.weebly.com

Whose Diversity? say they’re taking their cues from such critical movements as the 1969 Morrill Hall takeover that led to the creation of African American and Chicano Studies and the 2005 General College Truth Movement, which sought to save the singular space that provided support for working class folks, older people, single mothers, and people of color to learn and get degrees at the U of M. More recently, Whose Diversity? has been influenced and continues the work of Whose University? during the 2010/2011 school year, which occupied Coffman Memorial Union with more than 700 college and high school students to  engage in critical dialogue around issues of access and representation at the institution.

At Classroom Struggle, we think it’s important to highlight this work, and situate it within a broader landscape of student organizing for substantive diversity in Twin Cities schools and universities. Struggles like the 2013 South High School walkout protesting attacks on the All Nations program and the more recent student organizing at Central High School in St. Paul protesting the criminalization of Black and Brown youth in schools, among others, illustrate how critical and necessary this work and the leadership of students is, at all levels of education.

Read below to find out more about the Whose Diversity? campaign.  Like their Facebook page to receive regular updates about their work and list of demands.

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Social Justice in Education Awards – Nominations due by May 26th!

To nominate a student, youth worker, parent or caregiver, teacher, education support staff, administrator, or a community member for a Social Justice in Education Award, please visit here.

Finalists will be showcased here on Classroom Struggle, and winners of the award will win prizes and will be honored at the 2014 Twin Cities Social Justice Education Fair.

Nominations are due May 26th!

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Nominate folks who are doing outstanding social justice work for K12 education by May 26th!