Free School University is in great need of a greeter on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays … and other times to lighten the load.
Classes are attracting 30-60 people. Topics include: corporate greed, Anarchism, Socialism, Active Listening, The Economy & Wall Street, Compassion Training, Political Activism, Anti-Sexism, Anti-Racism … with much more to come.
- Canopy, pop-up roof-type structure with (or w. o.) removable sides
- Non-electric bull horn
- Sheet protectors & 3-ring binders x3
- Bright orange poster board
- Dry erase markers
Thank you community for donations of: a table, white board, poster board and so much encouragement, Eden
Student Power: Building a New University in the Shell of the Old
Monday October 10th • 3:00 pm
For far too long contemporary student activism has been splintered along issue-based lines and caught up in small, isolated battles on each campus, fighting (however valiantly and often successfully) for relatively minor concessions from those who run their universities.
Organizing and campaigning for student power on campus not only crosses issue, race, party, and ideological lines, but it also lays the groundwork for future victories. Student power is a perfect example of pre-figurative politics: If we want people to be democratic and liberated, we need to ensure that our institutions encourage democracy and liberty.
We’ll be exploring the history and tactics of student power campaigns, models such as radical student unionism, as well as engaging in a group imagining of what a more democratic and liberating university might look like.
This will be a very participatory workshop – nobody has all the answers, especially for a topic this complex and dynamic! Come prepared to share and discuss!
Patrick St. John is an organizer, graphic designer, filmmaker and writer based in Boston. Patrick has organized at the high school, university, and grad school level, and is currently writing a book on student power. He tweets at @forstudentpower and writes at forstudentpower.org & patrickstjohn.org.
Tristan Husby is a graduate student at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He works with the NYC based group Practical Anarchy and his writings have appeared in Perspectives and Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies.
How to Have a Friendly Disagreement: Active Listening 101
Monday, October 10th • 3:30-4:30 pm
If you want to be heard, then it’s important to learn how to make someone else feel heard. The mutual practice of active listening will make conversations/arguments more peaceful and productive.
Matthew Lowe (www.theemptythrone.blogspot.com) for a lesson with interactive exercises.
Capitalism is Failing: The Socialist Alternative
Monday, October 10th • 5:00 – 6:00pm
Students will be making their voices heard with a march from the Common. Socialist Alternative is hosting a discussion on why our economic system is rigged to fail the vast majority of the population and how we can restructure society with the means of production in democratic control.
On Labor Day: Importance and Tactics of Building a Worker’s Party
Wednesday, October 12 • 3:00 – 6:00pm
Unions and workers have contributed millions of dollars to Democrat politicians only to have these same politicians revoke their right to collectively bargain over things like health care. Labor is coerced into lobbying with millions of more dollars taken from the workers to beg for mercy. With this infrastructure, it is possible to build a workers party with candidates who are recallable by the constituency who voted for them.