Politics & Organizing

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Morena Minnesota: Cine-Debate

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http://www.laprensademn.com/cine-debatede-la-barbarie-a-la-esperanza/

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Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]

Location

1643 So. Robert St. W. Saint Paul, 55118.
W. Saint Paul, MN 55118
United States
Phone: 612-200-7902
Facilitator's experience: 
Hemos dado cursos o círculos de estudios en las escuelas Normales Rurales de México, organizaciones sindicales y agrupaciones de orden político, como es el caso de la organización Morena Minnesota.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
651-330-6479
612-990-7039
Class minimum size: 
7
Class maximum size: 
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Time/Location
Class times: 
Sun, 03/09/2014 - 09:00 - 11:00
Sun, 03/23/2014 - 09:00 - 11:00
Sun, 04/06/2014 - 09:00 - 11:00
Sun, 04/20/2014 - 09:00 - 11:00
Sun, 05/04/2014 - 09:00 - 11:00
Sun, 05/18/2014 - 09:00 - 11:00
Sun, 06/01/2014 - 09:00 - 11:00
Sun, 06/15/2014 - 09:00 - 11:00
Sun, 07/06/2014 - 09:00 - 11:00
Location Accessibility: 
Yes
Address: 
1643 So. Robert St. W. Saint Paul, 55118.
W. Saint Paul, MN 55118
United States
Phone: 612-200-7902
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Creative Activism March

Workshop date(s) & time(s): 
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 18:00 - 19:30
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Upset about the direction our communities and world are headed? The concerns are many: the environment, educational systems, violence, media censorship, political inequality, to name a few. We try many things to combat these issues, in order to create a better world. And yet the issues persist. Come learn a few simple techniques that will help you find creative solutions that help the causes, help ourselves, and keep our lives in balance in the process.

Facilitator's experience: 
Christine has taught in many settings over the years, in foreign countries, the public school system, and adult education. Her background is in holistic health, and she currently has an energy healing practice in Minneapolis.

Location

Minnehaha Free Space
3747 Minnehaha Ave 55406
Minneapolis, MN 55406
United States
Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]
Address: 
Minnehaha Free Space
3747 Minnehaha Ave 55406
Minneapolis, MN 55406
United States
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Creative Activism January

Workshop date(s) & time(s): 
Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 18:00 - 19:30
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Upset about the direction our communities and world are headed? The concerns are many: the environment, educational systems, violence, media censorship, political inequality, to name a few. We try many things to combat these issues, in order to create a better world. And yet the issues persist. Come learn a few simple techniques that will help you find creative solutions that help the causes, help ourselves, and keep our lives in balance in the process.

Facilitator's experience: 
Christine has taught in many settings over the years, in foreign countries, the public school system, and adult education. Her background is in holistic health, and she currently has an energy healing practice in Minneapolis.

Location

Rondo Community Outreach Library
461 Dale St. N.
St. Paul, MN 55103
United States
Phone: 651-266-7400
Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]
Address: 
Rondo Community Outreach Library
461 Dale St. N.
St. Paul, MN 55103
United States
Phone: 651-266-7400
christinemhuff's picture

Creative Activism

Workshop date(s) & time(s): 
Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 18:00 - 19:30
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Upset about the direction our communities and world are headed? The concerns are many: the environment, educational systems, violence, media censorship, political inequality, to name a few. We try many things to combat these issues, in order to create a better world. And yet the issues persist. Come learn a few simple techniques that will help you find creative solutions that help the causes, help ourselves, and keep our lives in balance in the process.

Facilitator's experience: 
Christine has taught in many settings over the years, in foreign countries, the public school system, and adult education. Her background is in holistic health, and she currently has an energy healing practice in Minneapolis.

Location

Minnehaha Free Space
3747 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406
United States
Facilitator email(s): 
christine[email protected]
Address: 
Minnehaha Free Space
3747 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406
United States
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Solidarity union organizing in the education industry: Thinking through a feminist, anti-capitalist, and decolonial lens

This class is for all folks who have a relationship and a desire to understand the education industry and how to organize within and across it - whether you are just learning about solidarity unionism and the IWW (an international solidarity union) or are a member of the IWW and actively organizing your workplace.

This class will be primarily a discussion and reading group that aims to draw on both our and others' experiences as education workers from our various locations and positions within the industry. Some questions we may take up:

  • What is 'solidarity unionism' and what is the 'education industry'?
  • How do we make sense of the complexities and tensions among various kinds of relationships across the education industry,  inlcuding, for example, between students and teachers, between service workers and student workers, adjunct faculty and tenure-track faculty, lower levels of education and higher education, among many others?
  • What would anti-capitalist, decolonial, and feminist solidarity union organizing look like and feel like in practice? 
  • What histories and resources can we draw on to help us theorize and strategize reclaiming the education industry? And, considering that the modern education system has its roots in violently perpetuating colonialism and capitalism - what does worker control mean for our desires to build decolonial and anti-capitalist futures?

All are welcome, and, especially those most oppressively targeted by the education system, including people of color, women, queer folks, primary caregivers (childcare will be available), etc. We will have open and frank conversations about our experiences with colonialism, white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, among other intersectional systems of oppression as we think through and across our class positions and workplaces. 

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

tba MN
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
I've been active in the IWW Education Workers Committee for a while now, organizing across levels including the university (where I am a grad student worker in education) and k12 (co-organizer of the TC annual Social Justice Education Fair).
Facilitator phone number(s): 
815-302-2481
Time/Location
Class times: 
Mon, 09/30/2013 - 17:30 - 19:30
Mon, 10/14/2013 - 17:30 - 19:30
Mon, 10/28/2013 - 17:30 - 19:30
Mon, 11/11/2013 - 17:30 - 19:30
Mon, 11/25/2013 - 17:30 - 19:30
Mon, 12/09/2013 - 17:30 - 19:30
Mon, 12/23/2013 - 17:30 - 19:30
Additional class time information: 
Location and regular meeting Time TBA as it gets closer
Location Accessibility: 
Location not set.
Address: 
tba MN
United States
solidarity union organizing, education
maximus1115's picture

What Is Power? The science of human affairs, social change, and other adventures in the POWERVERSE!

Power is what we have.  It might even be who we are.  When we speak of self-empowerment or community empowerment, we are speaking about power.  When we say that corporations or politicians are oppressive or dominating, we are speaking about power.

But what is power?  The old political vocabularies of Marxism and Liberalism step around the idea of power and treat it as a secondary concept.   However, in defining the concept of power, we come to understand how it can be applied to nearly everything.  A new science is possible that will allow us to sprout new theories and practices.  The ultimate provocation of this class will be in attempting to see if an entire worldview can be centered on an understanding of power.  This project excites me to no end and I can't wait to explore it with others.

Class discussion will focus around re-thinking politics within a new conceptual framework.  This means not only questioning old political terms, but questioning how we relate to the world in our everyday lives.  Class participants will have the opportunity to influence the topics discussed, but specific areas of discussion we could relate to power might include community organizing, race and gender, current affairs, sociology, culture, ethics, psychology, etc...  Whether we all come to an agreement or not, I hope we can challenge existing ideas and explore new ones about world works and how we relate to it.

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

Minnehaha Free Space
3747 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55406
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
-I worked with a couple of free schools in Los Angeles and facilitated a class there on radical education. -I've been engaged in grassroots community organizing for the last few years. -I'm currently doing research for a book on power. Although I have lots of rudimentary thoughts on power, there's so much to explore and it's my intention to approach the class in terms of questions instead of answers.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
323-803-8147
Class minimum size: 
4
Class maximum size: 
20
Time/Location
Class times: 
Tue, 10/08/2013 - 19:00 - 20:30
Tue, 10/15/2013 - 19:00 - 20:30
Tue, 10/22/2013 - 19:00 - 20:30
Tue, 10/29/2013 - 19:00 - 20:30
Additional class time information: 
Listed class times/dates subject to change if other times are found to be better.
Location Accessibility: 
Yes
Address: 
Minnehaha Free Space
3747 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55406
United States
A class focused on the discussion and rethinking of the concept of power.
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Radical Geography Study Group and Action Squad

Geography studies how people and places interact and shape one another. We want to question the maps and streets of the Twin Cities. We want to be skeptical of who shapes cities, how we experience space, and how we might collectively create a more just city. 

Possible topics include: maps as instruments of power; race, gender, and sexual identies in the Cities; nature in the Cities; transportation; monuments; public versus private space; and gentrification. As a group we'll decide on which topics we'd most like to focus.

Not only will we discuss these issues, but we'll also get into the Cities to see them happening, and find ways to intervene.

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]
Facilitator's experience: 
Anne and Caroline are both students of geography who got bored of the traditional discipline and decided to delve into its radical underbelly. For the last several years they have both lived in the Cities and engaged with radical geographic theory. We find both texts and lived experiences invaluable to understanding the spaces we inhabit.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
9254512819
Class minimum size: 
5
Class maximum size: 
15
Time/Location
Location Accessibility: 
Location not set.
Additional class location information: 
TBA Twin Cities Library
We'll question the maps and streets of the Twin Cities by asking who shapes cities, how we experience space, and how we can influence the TCs.
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Activism on the Run

Workshop date(s) & time(s): 
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 18:00 - 19:30
Upset about the direction the world is headed? The concerns are many - environmental, media censorship, political inequality, to name a few. We try ma

Upset about the direction our communities and world are headed? The concerns are many - environmental, education, violence, media censorship, political inequality, to name a few. We try many things to combat these issues, in order to create a better world. Yet with causes so important to us, it's hard to find the time to contribute as much as we feel is needed. Come learn a few simple techniques that will make you a part of the solution every day, making small changes that help the causes, yet keep our lives in balance.

Facilitator's experience: 
Christine has taught in many settings over the years, in foreign countries, the public school system, and adult education. Her background is in holistic health, and she currently has an energy healing practice in Minneapolis.

Location

Minnehaha Free Space
3747 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406
United States
Phone: (612) 729-3733
44° 56' 3.8796" N, 93° 13' 26.652" W
Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]
Address: 
Minnehaha Free Space
3747 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406
United States
Phone: (612) 729-3733
44° 56' 3.8796" N, 93° 13' 26.652" W
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Perspectives on Imprisonment

 

The U.S. prison population rose by 700% from 1970 to 2005, a rate far outpacing that of the general population growth and crime rates. This statistic describes the expansion of the prison industrial complex (PIC), a system of government and business interests that use surveillance, policing, and prisons to solve economic, social and political problems. In this 8-week course, we will learn about how the PIC has grown in the last 30 years and talk about this system’s impacts. We will discuss the ways people of color, poor people, queer people, immigrants, and other oppressed communities have been made criminal and learn about acts of resistance to the PIC. We will share our stories with each other and identify possibilities for action. Snacks provided. 

The first half hour of each week will be spent in circle to give space for people to share their lived experiences with criminalization, structural violence, and imprisonment. The hour and a half following this will include a mix of lecture, group discussion, film screenings, and creative activities (free writes, poetry reading, etc). There will be recommended reading for the course, but the facilitator will do her best to choose accessible and concise articles and will provide copies of all readings to participants at no cost. While the instructor sees herself as a prison abolitionist, all viewpoints and perspectives are welcome in the classroom. She will work to build a space where people with diverse lived experiences feel welcome and supported to share their stories. While she anticipates some difficult conversations, she will do her best to facilitate constructive and respectful discussion. Snacks will be provided each week and travel stipends are available if transportation costs present a barrier to your participation. All participants are strongly encouraged to attend as many classes as possible and to communicate with the facilitator if you are not able to attend. 

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

Neighborhoods Organizing for Change
911 West Broadway Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55411
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
Sophia Hansen-Day is from Seattle, WA. While she grew up in a white upper middle class neighborhood seemingly oblivious to mass incarceration, the stories of close friends with incarcerated loved ones fueled her to self-educate and seek out wisdom from formerly incarcerated people. In facilitating this EXCO class, she would draw on a year of learning from formerly incarcerated people through Amicus’s Reconnect program where she worked to connect former prisoners with housing, employment, transportation, and other basic resources. Sophia is an American Studies sophomore with an (as yet undeclared) minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Macalester College. This summer she is participating in a paid fellowship through Macalester that gives her flexibility and resources to build and implement a project centered on social change. Along with facilitating an EXCO course for the project, she will be working with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop to co-facilitate a reflective narrative course at St. Cloud prison. In addition to facilitating these two courses for her project, Sophia will continue to volunteer with the Women’s Prison Book Project and participate in Saint Paul’s Circle of Peace led by community elder Russel Balenger. Ideally, she hopes these partnerships will contribute to growing the fledgling abolitionist movement here in the Twin Cities.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
(206) 310-6510
Class minimum size: 
5
Class maximum size: 
25
Time/Location
Class times: 
Sun, 06/09/2013 - 16:00 - 18:00
Sun, 06/16/2013 - 16:00 - 18:00
Sun, 06/23/2013 - 16:00 - 18:00
Sun, 06/30/2013 - 16:00 - 18:00
Sun, 07/07/2013 - 16:00 - 18:00
Sun, 07/14/2013 - 16:00 - 18:00
Sun, 07/21/2013 - 16:00 - 18:00
Sun, 07/28/2013 - 16:00 - 18:00
Location Accessibility: 
Yes
Address: 
Neighborhoods Organizing for Change
911 West Broadway Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55411
United States
44° 59' 55.9824" N, 93° 17' 29.8536" W
Critical Perspectives on Imprisonment
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Advancing our movements: Lessons from Los Panchos, an urban housing justice and popular resistance movement

This course will facilitate the collective discovery of how to carry social movements forward, using the Popular Independent Front of Francisco Villa (FPFVI-UNOPII a.k.a. Los Panchos) as a case study. Los Panchos are a housing justice and popular resistance movement based in Mexico City.

The course will have two main components: First, we will learn about how Los Panchos continue to advance their movement after 25 years of resistance organizing. We will consider the three elements of Los Panchos organizing: Science, Culture, and Political Formation. Each element plays a role in how their organization continues to grow their movement. Second, we will assess what lessons we can learn from Los Panchos and translate them to advance our own movements.

The course will be a mix of readings, class discussions, and activities using a popular education approach. It is designed to incorporate praxis, focusing on how to put theory into practice. Therefore, participants are encouraged to be involved in change-making work in some capacity, although all are welcome. Class activities will use the ideas we learn in class and apply them to the organizations and movements we are a part of. The goal of the course is to create stronger and more sustainable resistance movements here in the Twin Cities and beyond.

Questions we will explore include:
- What do we need to do to carry our movements forward?
- How do we use education for social change?
- How do we foster cultures of resistance?
- How do we develop political consciousness and build commitment?

Please contact me if you have any questions or thoughts regarding the course. Thanks for checking it out!

- Andrew

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

The Minnehaha Free Space
3747 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55406
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
This past April, I spent four weeks living with a family in one of the Panchos' autonomous communities. During that time, I was able to learn about how they organized through my observations and conversations with participants and organizers. I was inspired by their movement and feel there are ways that they organize that could be applicable to organizing in the Twin Cities. In my time living in Minneapolis, I have been involved with different radical organizing projects, including EXCO, the Minnehaha Free Space, and Occupy Homes MN. I am interested in how education can be used for social change, and look forward to exploring this question and others with class participants.
Class minimum size: 
4
Class maximum size: 
16
Time/Location
Class times: 
Tue, 07/02/2013 - 18:00 - 19:30
Tue, 07/09/2013 - 18:00 - 19:30
Tue, 07/16/2013 - 18:00 - 19:30
Tue, 07/23/2013 - 18:00 - 19:30
Tue, 07/30/2013 - 18:00 - 19:30
Additional class time information: 
Class will run for 5 weeks
Location Accessibility: 
Yes
Address: 
The Minnehaha Free Space
3747 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55406
United States
44° 56' 4.4268" N, 93° 13' 26.3172" W
This class will examine the Popular Independent Front of Francisco Villa as a case study to collectively think about how to advance social movements.
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