January 30, 2012

Wednesday on WRFG

Get ready: Georgians for fREADom will be on live radio! Mark your calendars for THIS Wednesday night, 7-8pm (EST) on WRFG 89.3 FM in Atlanta.

You can listen live from anywhere by visiting their website: www.wrfg.org.

Article in the AJC

Check out this piece in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Get Schooled column. Thanks to Maureen Downey for helping us.

January 29, 2012

FREE Childcare next Saturday!

We have great news! Kelli's Childcare Collective of Atlanta has graciously volunteered their childcare series from 11-5 next weekend. This means you can attend the teach-in from 11-2 and the social justice workshop from 3-5.

Media coverage of our Teach-in

We are grateful that the media has picked up our cause! Thanks especially to Jeff Biggers for his article in The Huffington Post, which has generated a lot of interest in our event.

Another great story was written by Claire Miller at Georgia State University College of Education.

Coming this week:
  • A PSA and interview on WRFG 89.3, an Atlanta radio station that supports community events and social justice;
  • A guest blog post on Get Schooled, Maureen Downey's education column in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution;
  • A story in Mundo Hispanico, the Spanish language newspaper in Atlanta.
If you know anyone else who would like to share news of the ethnic studies ban and ways that educators are responding, please pass along our information!

January 27, 2012

Ensena, Piensa, Actua

Muchos gracias to Ana Solano-Campos, a Georgian for fREADom ally from Emory University, for translating our flyer into Spanish. Please share this version widely, too.

Thanks to our co-sponsors!

Co-sponsorships continue to develop! We are grateful for the generous support of our colleagues at:
  • Georgia State College of Education
  • GSU Department of Middle-Secondary Education
  • GSU Department of Early Childhood Education
  • GSU Department of Educational Policy Studies
  • GSU Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education
  • Emory University Division of Educational Studies
  • Kennesaw State School of Education
  • KSU Department of Gender and Women's Studies
  • Georgia Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education
  • Metro Atlantans for Public Schools

January 26, 2012

Please RSVP!!

Please let us know if you will be joining us on February 4th for the Teach-in. We want to have as accurate a count as possible for planning purposes. If we overflow the main room, there will be satellite rooms with live streaming footage.

You can RSVP one of four ways (but please, only RSVP once):
  • Through the poll to the right of this post --------------------->
  • Through the poll on our Facebook page
  • Through the Facebook event invitation
  • By emailing adunn12@gsu.edu with "Teach-in RSVP" in the subject line
We are exceptionally grateful for your support!

A Teach-in on Tucson

Thank you for visiting our new blog. This will be our companion site to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/georgiansforfreadom or search on FB: Georgians for Freadom).

Our first event is "Teach, Think, Do: A Teach-in on Tucson" on Saturday, February 4th from 11am-2pm at the Georgia State University College of Education. This event is designed to educate teachers, students, professors, and community members in Georgia about the AZ ban and about how Georgians can respond.

Overview of Issue:
As you have probably seen, the Tucson Unified School District in Arizona recently banned Mexican American studies from their curriculum. They also censored several books from the curriculum, including Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed, major contributions to the Chicano(a) studies movement, and Rethinking Columbus by Rethinking Schools. Teachers may now not teach anything where "race, ethnicity and oppression are central themes." If you haven't heard about it yet, check out these responses from writer Jeff Biggers, Rethinking Schools editor Bob Peterson, and Tucson teacher Curtis Acosta. Also see this coverage from Democracy Now and the resolution from the American Library Association.

The Teach-in:
See the attached flyer for exciting information about our event. Lunch, parking, materials, and education are all FREE! We will also be recording the event AND streaming it live, so anyone can watch from anywhere. We'll post the live stream link here and on Facebook as soon as we have it confirmed. Read more in Jeff Biggers' article in The Huffington Post. Jeff will be one of our "virtual keynote speakers" at Saturday's event.

If you are interested in helping with this event, please let us know. We are still in need of donations for materials and would appreciate any support you can provide. Email Dr. Alyssa Hadley Dunn at adunn12@gsu.edu for questions, suggestions, or support offers.