Education for Liberation Minnesota Chapter

UPCOMING EVENTS

FILM SCREENING: PRECIOUS KNOWLEDGE

Saturday, September 26th
Hmong Agape Farm // 7 PM

We are hosting an outdoor screening of the documentary Precious Knowledge about the fight for Ethnic Studies in Tucson, Arizona. We will gather on Saturday, September 26 at 7pm at Hmong Agape Farm, Vaaj Hmoob Sis Hlub, 16797 Elmcrest Ave N, Hugo, MN 55038. There will also be tours of the farm starting at 5pm!

This is free to attend! There will be snacks sold and an optional $5 donation, both of which will benefit our hosts- Hmong Agape Farms. Additional notes are that children are welcome but should be supervised by adults and bathrooms will not be available at the farm but are available 5 minutes away at a gas station.

Because of COVID-19 concerns, we are capping at 60 people. If you want to come, please fill out an RSVP form!

OUR PROJECTS

BIPOC Ethnic Studies Learning Cohort

Education for Liberation Minnesota is creating a learning community for BIPOC teachers about Ethnic Studies. The learning community will be comprised of teachers, youth, community-based organizations and higher education faculty who focus on Ethnic Studies. Through a series of workshops, a summer camp, and a statewide conference, we will provide a rigorous framework for BIPOC educators to explore their own racial, ethnic, and cultural identities and to connect with others within and across racial and ethnic groups. We will also support them in developing culturally responsive and affirming practices in their classrooms in schools. Through this work, Education for Liberation Minnesota aims to equip teachers with tools and strategies to push for changes in their administration, classrooms, and school to make them more affirming spaces for all students and teachers.

On August 6th, 2020, Education for Liberation Minnesota hosted a virtual kickoff event via Zoom to introduce the Ethnic Studies learning cohort to prospective mentees and mentors.

To watch the video with the chat messages (which include various links and resources), click here. Password: vp1gcQ&y

Info about and resources from presenters

Mankwe Ndosi

 

Dr. Rose Brewer

 

Youth Ethnic Studies Coalition video

Link for youth in Minnesota to share their perspectives on Ethnic Studies via short videos

 

Dr. Meredith McCoy

Presentation slides

Article about the lesson plan Dr. McCoy shared: “Beyond Pocahontas: Learning from Indigenous Women Changemakers,” co-authored with Sarah B. Shear, Leilani Sabzalian, and Lakota Pochedly as the Turtle Island Social Studies Collective. Social Studies and the Young Learner 31, no. 3 (2019): 7–13.

 

Dr. McCoy requests that you support the work of local movements and organizations that support Native youth (such as MIGIZI) as a way to honor her work.

 

Dr. Jimmy Patino

Chicano movement in Westside St. Paul

 

Dr. Yuichiro Onishi

 

Pang Yang, Park Center High School, Osseo Public Schools

Presentation slides

 

Rahel Tekam

BYP100

Participatory Budgeting Project

MPD150 Report Companion Curriculum

In the summer after the murder of George Floyd and the beginning of the Minneapolis Uprising, a group of Twin Cities students and educators came together to create an accompanying curriculum to the MPD150 Report, a community-written history of the Minneapolis Police Department. We wrote this because it’s important to us, and wanted to make sure our school communities had some resources to teach this important work to contextualize and understand the long history bringing us to this moment. It’s not just a brief current event to mention and return to the previously scheduled programming. Where are we going now? Let’s go!

More Resources

HISTORY OF EDUCATION FOR LIBERATION MN

The Minnesota Chapter of the Education for Liberation Network began in the summer of 2019 immediately following the Free Minds, Free People Conference in Minneapolis, MN. Ed Lib Minnesota is comprised of the core 2019 FMFP local organizing committees along with a growing network of teachers, youthworkers, teaching aids, educators’ union organizers, academics, policy advocates, parents, and youth-led organizations. The goal of Ed Lib MN is to be a political force in the state of MN to contend with the status quo of colonial education that prioritizes Eurocentric curricula, predominantly white educators and administrators, and a persistent attack on the power of communities to be self-determined.

Free Minds Free People 2019

The Political Landscape of Education in Minnesota

“Mnísóta”, is a Dakota word, which means “clear blue water”, or “Mnißota”, which means “cloudy water”. The state of Minnesota occupies Dakota and Anishanabe land. It has been and become home to many Indigenous peoples. Minnesota exists on sacred and stolen Dakota land, where communities continue to fight each day for survival. Indigenous justice and land rights are a core component of the educational struggle that confronts us.

Like other states in the US, Minnesota faces the consequences of the systematic dispossession of humanizing, quality education from our youth and communities. Our local struggles for Indigenous sovereignty, ethnic studies, equitable funding for education, recruiting diverse teachers, eliminating police from schools, culturally sustaining curriculum, and schools that deserve our youth mirror that of many other places across the nation. Yet, Minnesota is unique in terms of our demographic make-up, and potential for alignment across multiple municipalities. The state is home to large populations of immigrant and refugee communities from East and West Africa, Central and South America, and Southeast Asia along with Indigenous communities and African Americans. Each of these communities have youth navigating traditional public and charter schools. Consequently, there is a strong network of youth organizers and leaders across the state.