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Announcing FMFP 2015 in Oakland, CA!!!

The Free Minds, Free People Conference will take place in Oakland, CA on July 9 - 12, 2015!

We are extremely excited to announce that the next Free Minds, Free People will take place in Oakland, CA, July 9 – 12, 2015! 

As many of you know, Free Minds, Free People is a national conference convened by the Education for Liberation Network that brings together teachers, high school and college students, researchers, parents and community-based activists/educators from across the country to build a movement to develop and promote education as a tool for liberation.  The goal of the conference is to provide a forum for sharing knowledge, experiences and strategies to help disenfranchised communities understand and challenge the injustices they face. It takes place every other year. Our most recent event, Free Minds, Free People 2013 in Chicago, IL, drew more than 1000 people.

For those who were at the Chicago conference last year, you may remember the awesome turnout of folks from California and the Bay Area who presented and participated in that conference. They are taking that energy and commitment to FMFP and putting it on full blast to host our next conference.  Here is a message from the folks in Oakland:

Greetings from Oakland, California!  We are excited for Free Minds Free People to find “Home” in the West Coast for the very first time in FMFP history! Oakland has a deep historical legacy of struggle and resistance, which continues to fuel the organized resistance inside and outside of schools here in the San Francisco Bay Area. The focus on ethnic studies, gender and sexuality studies, human trafficking, and the impacts of gentrification are at the forefront of national efforts, and Oakland is an opportune place to see communities reclaiming and resisting in the face of systemic displacement and dispossession.  Even more, the SF Bay Area is a model region for education reform across the country – from food justice, environmental justice, restorative justice – Oakland is one of the major hubs of these struggles.  By joining us at FMFP Oakland 2015, we can learn from one another and unite the struggles for educational justice in the larger historical struggle for racial, gendered, and class-based humanization and the liberation of oppressed people. We look forward to building and connecting with all of you!

 

We’ll plan to see you July 9 – 12, 2015 in Oakland, CA – mark your calendar, start organizing to participate, and spread the word!  

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