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UFE planted many seeds this summer. We are continuing to develop leaders and build movements across the country with our popular education program and virtual workshops. We recognized the need to infuse more healing justice practices into our organizing work during this time, and are providing spaces for reflection, connection, and healing to deal with the traumas of a racist and broken economic system. And we're supporting the development of new living wage certification programs in North Carolina, while promoting livable wages as a matter of conscience in communities nationwide.
We don't want to get back to business as usual; we’re working together - while remaining physically distant - to redefine usual. Learn more about our recent and ongoing work below! As always, if you'd like to connect with us, don't hesitate to reach out.
Knowledge Has No Boundaries
[Leer en español // Read in Spanish] It’s a challenge to get people to share their reflections, stories and questions online. But the core practice of popular education - to start with the personal and connect it to the systemic - remains an effective tool for transformation.
Click below to read about our recent virtual workshops with the Center for Cooperative Development and Solidarity in East Boston (CCDS), and the Office of Immigrant Affairs for the City of Somerville (SomerViva).
Continued Support for Leaders
Helping previous participants to go out in the world and hold their own spaces and trainings is a core part of our “training the trainers” strategy. This work has a multiplying effect as new facilitators are introduced to the ideas of popular education and skills to facilitate deep conversations about inequality in their communities. For example, Eroc, our cultural organizer, spent much of the summer holding healing circles with previous participants affected by the virus and the uprisings...
Decolonizing Wealth: Chat with Edgar Villanueva & Sunshine Utley
Join our executive director, Jeannette Huezo, as she facilitates a conversation about decolonizing wealth in these times, featuring Edgar Villanueva and Sunshine Utley. They will answer questions including "What does decolonizing wealth mean personally and structurally?" and "How can wealth be used to restore and heal?" Spanish interpretation provided. Register >>
Where Do We Go From Here? Post-Election Reflections.
Join Bill Fletcher Jr. (labor and economics activist, author, & speaker), Anne Price (President of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development & UFE board chair), and Oscar Chacón (Director of Alianza Americas), to discuss their reflections on the election and what's next as our movements respond to our post-election reality. Moderated by Gloribell Mota (Leader of Neighbors United for a Better East Boston & UFE board member). Spanish interpretation provided. Register >>
Solutions for Education Inequality
Over the summer, we had the pleasure of having Brandeis University student Jermeelah Martin on the team as an intern. Reflecting on her earlier experiences as a student in Chicago, she wrote this powerful blog on education inequality...
"Imagine this scene: books are being thrown up in the air, classrooms are humid, students are yelling, and teachers are too frustrated to teach. This was the scene of my 8th grade class... But my school days had not always been this way. A few years prior, class sizes were small, there were enough books, students enjoyed the fruits of learning, while teachers enjoyed teaching..."
Take the "One for Democracy" Pledge
Extreme wealth inequality and racism continue to put our democracy at risk. UFE and our Responsible Wealth project have joined One for Democracy, which is asking wealthy people to pledge to move their resources to groups organizing for democracy before the election next month. Can you give 1%? Watch this video by two of our staff members, Sara Sargent and Mike Lapham, to learn more!
Recent Webinars - Watch the Recordings
Have you attended a UFE webinar yet? UFE's Sara Sargent recently coordinated two informative webinars (the war on workers and voter suppression) with economic justice and labor educator Mark McDermott. And last month UFE's NC Training Network Coordinator, David Dixon, discussed the importance of living wages for all in a webinar with groups in North Carolina's capital city, Raleigh. Most recently, our popular educator and cultural organizer, Eroc Arroyo-Montano, co-facilitated a webinar on healing practices and lessons for movement leaders and activists called, “Personal and Collective Healing for Liberation.” Watch the recordings and learn more about our upcoming events at the links above!
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We've posted a ton of other updates recently...
State of the Dream Report 2020 is now available in print! Get your copy
It is with great sorrow that we share that frequent UFE collaborator and close friend Elandria Williams has transitioned to ancestor. Read more
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