SUNDAY, NOV. 20, 4-6 p.m.
MIT ROOM 35-225
127 MASSACHUSETTS AVE., CAMBRIDGE, MA
As the inspiring fight around Question 2 in Massachusetts, the Chicago teachers strike of 2012 and the recent wave of adjunct and graduate student organizing around the country have shown, education is an increasingly important site of struggle against privatization and corporatization, and for democracy and equality. Teachers, students and the communities that support them are ramping up efforts to create an educational system that serves the needs of all rather than those of corporate education “reformers” and the business elite they represent.
In this panel, we will discuss the current state of organizing to put the brakes on capitalism run amok in our education system, as well as visions of what an alternative, genuinely democratic system of education would look like. Panelists will talk about struggles in Massachusetts, across the country and abroad in Mexico.
Barbara Madeloni is president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association.
Megan Erickson is an editor at Jacobin and is the author of Class War: The Privatization of Childhood.
Ellen David Friedman is an organizer with the United Caucuses of Rank and File Educators.
Dan La Botz teaches labor history at the City University of New York and has written extensively on teachers’ struggles in Mexico.
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