June 1: Student-teacher social justice conference
Contact Jorge López
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Los Angeles Students and Teachers Organize Social Justice Conference
Student-led workshops to promote student activism and challenge injustices
LOS ANGELES (May 23, 2013) — 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 activism. 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, food justice, LGBTQ issues, 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. Patrick Camangian. Acosta is a teacher in Tucson, AZ, who has been at the forefront of the movement to save ethnic studies. Camangian is 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 and activists will analyze problems and develop plans of action, generating power and finding solutions to make Los Angeles a more just place.
“The students will not simply be presenting. They will be transforming the space into a place of action,” said Roxana Dueñas, a Roosevelt teacher.
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 the Roosevelt-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, 2013
Where: Roosevelt High School, 456 South Mathews Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033
Schedule: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Registration and breakfast
9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Opening ceremony
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Workshop session I
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Workshop session II
12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Youth panel
12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. Lunch, spoken word poetry, live music, vendors, etc.
2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Keynote speaker and closing ceremony