Students from across the Los Angeles area will teach community members about a range of social justice issues at a June 1 conference that positions youth voice at the forefront of social change efforts.
Organized by a group of Roosevelt High School educators and students, the conference—East Side Stories: A Grassroots Vision for Education & Community—seeks to foster youth empowerment and community organizing. The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Roosevelt High School, 456 South Mathews Street, Los Angeles. Admission is free.
“We aim to include what is often absent in the conversation on public education, which is powerful, transformative student voice,” said conference organizer and Roosevelt teacher Eddie Lopez.
In the conference, Los Angeles youth from a range of high schools and community groups will share their stories of oppression and resistance in student-led workshops on quality education, environmental justice, the school-to-prison pipeline, injustices facing undocumented students, and more. Also, the conference will feature a People’s Curriculum Fair for teachers organized by the People’s Education Movement, along with two prominent guest speakers: Curtis Acosta and Dr. PatrickCamangian. Acosta is a teacher in Tucson, AZ, who has been at the forefront of the movement to save ethnic studies. Camangianis a professor at the University of San Francisco whose research focuses on critical pedagogy.
East Side Stories will provide a space for agents of change of all ages to converge, learn, unite and strategize. Youth leaders andorganizers will analyze problems and develop plans of action, generating power and finding solutions to make Los Angelesschools and communities more just.
“The students will not simply be presenting. They will be transforming the space into a place of action,” said RoxanaDueñas, a Roosevelt teacher.
Some of this year's workshop topics include:
air pollution & teen pregnancy, school-2-prison pipeline, food vendors discrimination, brown fields and toxins, murals vs billboards, Gentrification in Wyvernwood, Education and poverty, Decolonial Education, Food justice, LGBT issues, Neoliberalism and schools, Dreamers education rights, School Take Overs, Immigrant Rights, Black and Brown male youth empowerment, and much more.
In addition to the workshops, conference attendees will be treated to craft vendors, along with performances of spoken word poetry.
East Side Stories is the second annual conference of theRoosevelt-based Politics & Pedagogy Collective. The group created the conference in order to challenge injustices facing students and communities of color, such as inequitable access to educational resources and the criminalization of young people of color.
When:Saturday, June 1, 2012
Where:Roosevelt High School, 456 South Mathews Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033
8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
8:45 – 9:30 a.m. Opening Ceremony and keynote
9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Workshop Session I
11:00 – 12:00 p.m. Workshop Session II
12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch, spoken word poetry, live music, community vendors, art, etc.
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. People’s Curriculum Fair
2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Closing Ceremony and keynote