SALT  OF  THE  EARTH  LABOR  COLLEGE

FALL 2018 SCHEDULE

 

CAN “RED FOR ED” CHANGE ARIZONA? 

 

Community Forum and Workshop with local teachers Rene Techeya, Nicole Ramirez, and Wes Oswald 

 

Saturday, September 8th             2:00   pm 

 

Last Spring’s uprising by Arizona educators promises to continue its impact on state politics including the November midterm elections.  The “Invest in Education” initiative, which proposes to tax only the richest Arizonans to help pay for education, is a class struggle issue that will drive a broader progressive agenda and should help elect a more enlightened Legislature and state officers.  The progressive essence of the movement was clearly evident from the demands to include all school employees, to the efforts by educators to reach out to students, parents, and communities.  We will first hear from some teachers and parents who got involved in the “Red for ED” and then open the discussion about ways to build, broaden and strengthen this movement.  We don’t just want to make Arizona an average education state – we want to be in the top ten.   

 

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A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE CHICANO MOVEMENT 

 

Presentation and discussion with Rosalio Munoz, Chicano Activist and Writer 

 

Saturday, September 22nd            2:00 pm

 

Brother Rosalio has continued to play a prominent role in Chicano liberation movement since his youth when he led the Chicano Moratorium and served as the first Chicano student body president at UCLA.  He will discuss the beginnings of Chicano resistance in the early 20th century, the development of a Chicano industrial working class, and through the uprisings of the 1960s, the 1970s and up to the present important election this November.   Today's youthful progressive movement has much to learn from these struggles and we all need to figure out how we can apply these lessons to overcome the corporate and racist ultra-right attacks we've been experiencing.   

 

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FIGHTING AGAINST PRIVATIZATION

 

Discussion with Connie Sadler-Nelson, President of APWU Local 255, Ryan Mims, AFGE District 12 legislative Action and Political Organizer, and Margaret Chaney Vice President of TEA

 

Saturday, October 6th                   2:00 pm   

 

A right wing drive is well underway to privatize everything public, from the post office, public schools, national parks and the VA, to prisons, police, and the military.  This is an attack on our health, safety and quality of life at a time when the threat posed by climate change will require greater public investment.  The attack is driven by corporate greed and  an unsound far right ideology.  Panelists will lead a discussion of the dangers posed by privatization and the resistance to it  by public employees, their unions and impacted communities.

 

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THE STRUGGLE FOR DEMOCRACY AND EDUCATION IN TURKEY                                   

 

Presentation and discussion with Yasemin Tezgiden-Cakcak and Guy Senese 


Saturday, October 20th                  2:00  pm

 

Turkey has emerged as a key player in the in the changing politics of the Middle East and Europe. The constraints on civil and political discourse stemming from the 2016 failed coup have altered that landscape. Yasemin Tezgiden-Cakcak of Middle Eastern Technical University will be joined by Professor Guy Senese, Fulbright Fellow to Ankara University, to discuss how the struggle of workers and teachers resonated and compares historically and currently in Turkey and the U.S. They will explore a complex relationship including the history of U.S. interference in Turkish politics, educational imperialism in the 20th century, and how the current migrant and refugee crisis plays out in both nations, particularly with reference to evolving language, culture and social policy.  Interesting connections between Turkish an U.S. progressive teacher unionism will also be explored.  

 

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DOLORES

 

Film and Discussion 

 

Saturday, October, 27th                           2:00   pm

 

Life of  Chicana activist Dolores Huerta, who with Cesar Chavez, founded and led the United Farm Workers Union for half a century.  Sister Dolores dedicated her life to building a coalition of the labor and Chicanx movements, with the civil rights, women’s, LGBTU, and other social movements. 

 

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AFTER THE ELECTION  -  WHAT NOW?

 

Workshop with Joe Bernick, Director of Salt of the Earth Labor College 

 

Saturday, November 10th               2:00  pm  

 

An analysis of the 2018 election results followed by a discussion of the remaining struggle ahead.  Can the popular forces maintain and strengthen the coalitions that came together for this midterm elections, for the Bernie Sanders campaign, and in the movement to resist Trump?  Please bring your ideas and opinions.