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UFE's Training of Trainers is Coming to Minnesota!

September 7, 2011 — steveschnapp
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UFE's Popular Economics Education team will host an intensive Training of Trainers program in South Haven, MN on November 3-6. They will prepare activists, organizers, educators and community leaders working for social and economic justice to lead workshops that will help to build support for campaigns to reduce economic inequality. The application deadline is October 21.

WEBINAR: New Media for Old-School Organizers

September 1, 2011 — Shannon M.
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Community organizing is about meeting people where they’re at. Well, these days, people are online, and dozens of digital tools have been developed that can enhance political organizing. This free webinar will discuss how can tax fairness advocates can strategically make the most of new media tools.

11 Things the Wealthiest Americans Can Buy for the U.S.

July 7, 2011 — Shannon M.
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Interview with a Popular Educator: Ty dePass (1 of 2)

June 17, 2011 — Maz
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Q: Ty, what's your story, and how did you get involved in popular education for social change?

Whew! That’s a packed question.

Well, I’m a black man, eldest of seven and raised in Harlem and the South Bronx. I came of age during the social ferment of the 1960s – a time that shaped my understanding of the world as it was, and quickened my hunger to play a part in shaping the world as it might be.

The fight for social justice found me at a young age. I was six-years-old in 1955, when I discovered those photos from Emmett Till’s autopsy and funeral in a magazine in my parent’s livingroom. Till had been brutally beaten and murdered by a group of white men because he was young and foolish, and had broken one of their most sacred cultural taboos: he forgot his “place” in White America.

Those horrifying images brought my childhood to an abrupt end, and I became the black kid who refused to comply.

Interview with a Popular Educator: Ty dePass (2 of 2)

June 17, 2011 — Maz
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Q: Ty, would you share with us a specific instance in which you witnessed the effectiveness of popular education?

The D7 RoundTable was a community-based organization focused on the struggles against racism, violence, and poverty in Greater Roxbury – Boston’s poorest, brownest, most culturally-diverse, and politically-marginalized neighborhood. For eight years, from 2000 to 2008, D7 convened a monthly grassroots public policy forum, bringing residents of Roxbury and Boston's other progressive communities together to examine, debate, and exchange opinions on a host of critical issues and public institutions.

In the spring of 2001, Boston’s public schools were being criticized for an evident “achievement gap,” as reflected in the scores of mandatory standardized tests. D7 dedicated one of its regular monthly forums to exploring the issue – specifically, the factors contributing to the “gap” in student test performance.

The nearly one hundred community members who attended the forum were seated at tables of with 8 to 9 of their neighbors. On each table was an information packet providing a detailed profile of a selected area school district or local high school.

The popular education exercise was divided into three rounds. In round one, participants were tasked with becoming “experts” on their data packets...

11 Things the Richest U.S. Households Can Buy That You Can’t

June 9, 2011 — Adam Katz
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The 400 wealthiest families in the U.S. aren't just filthy rich, they are downright dirty. Collectively, these households own $1.37 trillion dollars; a number so high that it's nearly impossible to comprehend. Here are 11 shocking things $1.37 trillion can buy that you can't.

Barstool Movement Building

May 6, 2011 — steveschnapp
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Beer socials are a great way to build community with your neighbors. But who knew they could be such an effective forum for economic justice movement building?

Comparing Growth of U.S. Family Incomes

April 28, 2011 — Shannon M.
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UFE Training of Trainers Institute Coming to Baltimore

April 26, 2011 — steveschnapp
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This is an extraordinary moment in history; one fraught with unfairness and inequality, but rich with opportunity for social change. How do we first make sense of what's happening? Then how do we change the dominant narrative and build a movement that will focus our collective energy to fight back against the economic and political priorities of the last thirty years? UFE's Education Team will explore these questions and more at our next Training of Trainers Institute in Baltimore.

INTERVIEW: Movement Building with Popular Economics Education

April 25, 2011 — Maz
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Emily Kawano, UFE board member and director of the Center for Popular Economics, and UFE's Steve Schnapp joined Cynthia Lin of WORT-FM in Madison, WI, the epicenter of recent GOP attacks on public workers, to explain the power of popular economics education in building a movement for economic justice. 

They also discuss the role of movement support organizations – like UFE – in supplementing, enhancing and amplifying the work of grassroots social and economic justice groups across the country.

Click here to download the interview (forward to 27:45 to hear from UFE's Steve Schnapp).

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