This year we are actively cross-pollinating our networks and are bringing together PCN (Progressive Communicators Network) and ECOC (Education Circle of Change) to work on a listening project dedicated to the Education Justice movement. We’re gathering stories that depict the reality of communities across this nation, supporting communities to reimagine public education, and distilling those stories to create messaging that will help inform and fuel our movements. As you might know, stories help create powerful messages and in regards to the education justice movement we believe messaging is critical.
At Spirit in Action, we believe that a social justice communication strategy starts with listening and we want to know what people are facing in different school districts. We want to listen to people about the effects of privatization, downsizing of staff and teachers, and parents pushing for super-“security” in the wake of Newtown. We want people to become aware of our shared experiences and to be inspired to gather and share solutions.
Recognizing our work lives across the intersection of many social justice issues, we are convening PCN and ECOC to develop this important work together.
Our first listening will take place at the Free Minds, Free People (FMFP) conference in Chicago from July 11-14. We are sure that gathering in Chicago and will add many lessons for our movement building efforts and we look forward to sharing our learning with you in the coming months. If you will be at FMFP this year and have an interesting story and 15 minutes to be interviewed please let us know. We look forward to being in community with you and hearing your voices.