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Occupy Summer School #OWS

I’m super excited to announce that the Alt Banking group is creating a summer school program, which we’re calling Occupy Summer School. The project has a webpage with more details, but briefly:

  • It will last three weeks, taking place in a downtown Brooklyn high school.
  • The first week we will bring in cool and inspiring organizers and activists who will hopefully connect with the kids
  • The second week we will delve into topics and the kids will decide what they care about and, by the end of the week, what they will protest and how,
  • The third week the students will plan the protest, including training on safe protesting techniques, they will stage it and write it up, and hopefully help the issue get media attention.
  • So far we have ideas for the first week, including a few of our really interesting and thoughtful members going to facilitate conversations around what’s going on in Baltimore, and how to stage a creative protest, involving our very own Marni Halasa:marni
  • We are starting to line up speakers for the second week, but we are waiting on a focus group to come back to us from the students to see what topics they get really excited about. We want them to more or less lead the way.

What an exciting project! I┬ácan’t wait for it to start.

Categories: #OWS
  1. msobel
    May 5, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Internet request: How could you put this online so that non-resident maybe even older students could share.

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  2. Becky Jaffe
    May 5, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    That’s great, MathBabe! Consider using this text: http://www.amazon.com/Rules-Radicals-Practical-Primer-Realistic/dp/0679721134

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  3. May 5, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    You also might see what teaching resources you can borrow from the Highlander Research and Education Center, which has been training progressive organizers for decades, including Rosa Parks: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highlander_Research_and_Education_Center

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  4. Becky Jaffe
    May 5, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    You also might borrow ideas from the great radical organizers: Freire, Boal, etc: http://beautifultrouble.org/theory/theater-of-the-oppressed/

    Good luck and have fun!

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  5. Becky Jaffe
    May 5, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    One last resource: Green Corps trains young organizers to win environmental campaigns. You might have them come speak: http://www.greencorps.org/

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    • May 5, 2015 at 12:43 pm

      Haha you are amazing as always, Becky!!!

      On Tue, May 5, 2015 at 12:25 PM, mathbabe wrote:

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