Last weekend, a group of students and educators met in New York to prepare for FMFP in Chicago. Some of the groups represented were Global Kids, The Brotherhood Sister Sol, NYCoRE, and of course the Education for Liberation Network. In addition to meeting and getting to know one another during the gathering, folks discussed ideas of schooling vs. education and what social justice education looks like to them. Students were also able to share some of the challenges that they are facing in their schools along with the work they are doing in their respective personal lives and with their organizations to improve those issues.
The event was a great start to bringing people together in the always hectic New York City environment. Everybody in the room is excited to meet other social justice students and educators and to learn, learn, learn from the wealth of knowledge presented at the conference. The session closed with the group setting their intentions for Chicago -“Listening, Building, Learning, Connecting, Justice” were some of the words people used to bring to the conference with them. Knowing the past success of the conference, surely those intentions and more will be achieved once everybody gets to FMFP.
Big thanks to Rita Kamani-Renedo, Manauvaskar Kublall, Cidra Sebastien, Daralee Vazquez and Susan Wilcox for all their work on the event. If anybody would like to connect to the New York City group, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll direct you to the team.