Self Determination in the Belly of the Beast

Popular Education and Lessons from Movement History

Facilitators: Virginia Leavell, Walda Katz-Fishman & Rebecca Mintz

This participatory workshop uses a social history timeline, our movement experience, and small groups to explore lessons of past movements, especially the labor and black freedom struggles of the 20th century, for understanding today’s movement.

We explore changes in society and how movements have to be located within historical conditions, victories and reforms won in past struggles, where these gains are in the early 21st century, and what this means for our current movement building and consciousness raising and political education work. Some exploration of occupy within the current moment will also be included.