10/15: Teach-In: Intersect

October 10, 2012 in Teach-In

When: Monday, October 15th from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Tivoli 320 at the Auraria campus

Dinner will be provided

My liberation is tied to yours. Its time to work together!

Join Politically Active Zudents as we explore together Intersectionality. Through dialogue and interactive workshops we will define, deconstruct, and attempt to dismantle oppression using our identities – whether that be race, class, gender, sexuality, and other identities – as a means to ending oppression.

Hosted by Politically Active Zudents and Collective for Social Change Pazmetro@gmail.com

10/25: Teach-In: Wildlife Conservation and One Health

October 7, 2012 in Teach-In

When: Thursday, October 25th, 5:30—6:45 PM
Where: At the Deer Pile space above City O’ City, 206 East 13th Avenue, 13th and Sherman (entrance door is on Sherman Street)

This is a FREE event put on by the Occupy Denver Education Committee.

When you hear the term wildlife conservation, perhaps the images that swarm into your mind include wolves, whales, giant pandas and mountain gorillas. Have you ever thought about your health in this imagery? If Earth is losing so many species, how might that be connected to your well-being?

Progressive institutions throughout the world are now looking at the interconnections between human, non-human animal and ecological health. One thing we know without question is that the three entities are completely interlinked and fully dependent on each other.

In this teach-in we will explore wildlife conservation strategies, environmental protection, and the importance of fostering the next generation to be true stewards of Earth, our only home. Sarah will share examples from her work for , giant pandas and red pandas, and black-footed ferrets. We will discuss the moral aspects of harming so many sentient beings as well as how biologically we must care more about what we are doing to them.

This teach in is led by Dr. Sarah Bexell. Sarah has been engaged in wildlife conservation, conservation education and humane education for nearly 20 years. Currently, she is Director of Conservation Education at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, China, and a Research Scholar with the Institute for Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver. She is also an instructor for the Humane Society University where she teaches Humane Education and Animal Protection and the Environment. Her work focuses on developing and evaluating education programs to facilitate the human-animal bond to promote animal welfare, healthy child development, and wildlife and nature preservation.

10/11: Teach-In: Don’t Frack Colorado! How Occupy Can Get Involved

October 7, 2012 in Teach-In

When: Thursday, October 11th, 5:30—6:45 PM
Where: At the Deer Pile space above City O’ City, 206 East 13th Avenue, 13th and Sherman (entrance door is on Sherman Street)

This is a FREE event put on by the Occupy Denver Education Committee.

The U.S. is moving full-scale to develop every last ounce of fossil fuels, with Colorado literally leading the way. The only true benefit is profit to the oil and gas industry. Three export stations are set to begin exporting natural gas to Asia this coming year, and 7 export stations total by 2014—which means these fossil fuels are not benefitting U.S. citizens. Dedicating our money and research to develop natural gas instead of sustainable, renewable energy is a betrayal to our children’s future.


There are some things we can do. We can create city ordinances against hydraulic fracturing, the most destructive practice of natural gas development threating our state. We can petition for ballot initiatives to ban fracking. We can engage in community outreach. If that fails, we can chain our bodies to the machines of death. In any event, we can come together as a community to take a stand against insidious practices that bring nothing but destruction to our beautiful state and put a stop to this catastrophe. The ecological community of Colorado, both human and nonhuman, deserves a better world than this.

This teach-in is led by members of Food and Water Watch and Be The Change.

Reading Group: The Wretched of the Earth

October 1, 2012 in Teach-In

The Wretched of the Earth: A Reading Group by Occupy and Educate Denver

Frantz Fanon (1925-61) was a Martinique-born black psychiatrist and anticolonialist intellectual; The Wretched of the Earth is considered by many to be one of the canonical books on the worldwide black liberation struggles of the 1960s. Within a Marxist framework, using a cutting and nonsentimental writing style, Fanon draws upon his horrific experiences working in Algeria during its war of independence against France. He addresses the role of violence in decolonization and the challenges of political organization and the class collisions and questions of cultural hegemony in the creation and maintenance of a new country’s national consciousness. – Eugene Holley, Jr.

“The writing of Malcolm X or Eldridge Cleaver or Amiri Baraka or the Black Panther leaders reveals how profoundly they have been moved by the thoughts of Frantz Fanon.” The Boston Globe

“Have the courage to read this book.” —Jean-Paul Sartre

“This century’s most compelling theorist of racism and colonialism.” –Angela Davis

“The unpreparedness of the educated classes, the lack of practical links between them and the mass of the people, their laziness, and, let it be said, their cowardice at the decisive moment of the struggle will give rise to tragic mishaps.” -Frantz Fanon

The Wretched of the Earth

When: Tuesdays, 5:30– 6:45 p.m.

Where: Deer Pile Space above City O’ City at 206 E. 13th Ave (on the corner of Sherman, near the Capitol). The entrance is on corner of Sherman, near the Capitol). The entrance is on Sherman to the right of City O’ City’s main door.

Questions? Email us at educate@occupydenver.org


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Aug. 30: Corporate Influence on Politics: Five Things Everyone Should Know

August 27, 2012 in Event, Teach-In

An Occupy Denver Teach-in by Chad Kautzer

Date: Thursday, Aug. 30, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.

Location: Deer Pile, upstairs from City O’ City, 206 East 13th Avenue (Sherman and 13th) near the Capitol
Chad Kautzer is a member of Occupy Denver’s Education Committee and Foreclosure Resistance Working Group.

Aug. 17-18: Occupy Real Utopias Conference

August 10, 2012 in Event, Teach-In

You are invited to Occupy and Educate Denver’s first conference, Occupy Real Utopias, on August 17 & 18, 2012.


Friday Night, August 17th, 2012
@ 1029 Santa Fe Drive, Denver (Office of the Colorado Progressive Coalition)

7-8:30 p.m.
John Bellamy Foster, “Capitalism or the Earth: Toward an Economy and Ecology of Hope.”

John Bellamy Foster is professor of sociology at the University of Oregon and editor of Monthly Review. His writings focus on the political economy of capitalism, ecology and ecological crisis, and Marxist theory. Foster’s most recent book, with Robert McChesney, is The Endless Crisis: How Monopoly-Finance Capital Produces Stagnation and Upheaval from the USA to China (2012). Other recent books include: The Great Financial Crisis: Causes and Consequences (2009) and What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know about Capitalism (2011), both with Fred Magdoff.

8:30-10:00 p.m.
Michael Albert, “Vision and strategy for a better world”

Michael Albert is co-editor of ZNet, co-editor and co-founder of Z Magazine and co-founder of South End Press. Albert identifies himself as a market abolitionist. He developed, with Robin Hahnel, the economic vision called participatory economics. Some of his books include Parecon: Life After Capitalism (2002), The Trajectory of Change: Activist Strategies for Social Transformation (2002), and Remembering Tomorrow, A Memoir (2007).


Saturday August 18th, 2012
@ RedLine Gallery (2350 Arapahoe Street, Denver)

10-11:15 a.m.
Robert McChesney, “Occupy the Internet? Is Capitalism Killing Digital Democracy?”

Robert McChesney is the Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His most recent book, with John Nichols, is The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution that Will Begin the World Again (2011). Some of McChesney’s other books include the award-winning Telecommunications, Mass Media, and Democracy (1993) and Rich Media, Poor Democracy (2000).

11:15-12:30 p.m.
Rose Brewer, “Occupy and the Complexities of Race, Gender, and Class.”

Rose Brewer is Professor of African American and African Studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is the co-author of The United States Social Forum (2010), The Color of Wealth (2006), and Is Academic Feminism Dead? (2000). She is co-founder of The Freire Center in Minneapolis, a founding member of the Black Radical Congress, and has served on the boards of Project South and United for a Fair Economy.

1-2:15 p.m.
Kevin Anderson, “Race, Class, and the Second American Revolution: Marx’s Civil War Writings with the Eyes of Today”

Kevin Anderson is Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and Feminist Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies (2010), co-author of Foucault and the Iranian Revolution (2005), and co-editor of the Rosa Luxemburg Reader (2004), among others.

2:15-3:30 p.m.
Saskia Sassen, talk title, TBA

Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University. She is the author of Territory, Authority, Rights (2006), The global city: New York, London, Tokyo (Princeton, 2001), Guests and aliens (1999), and Globalization and its discontents (1998), among many others. She has also written for The Occupied Wall Street Journal.

Organized by Occupy and Educate Denver; Contact educate@occupydenver.org for more info.
See occupydenver.org for more info on the conference, our regular teach-ins, and our reading group.

Aug. 28: Pedagogy of the Oppressed Reading Group

July 27, 2012 in Teach-In

Occupy and Educate Denver is organizing a weekly reading group on Paulo Freire’s revolutionary work, Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1970), beginning Tuesday, July 31. The reading group will meet for three or four weeks, depending on our numbers and pace. If you do not already have a copy of the text, or have difficulty finding one before the reading group begins, there are electronic and PDF copies available online. If you would like to participate, but either don’t have a book or aren’t able to make use of an online text, please contact us at educate@occupydenver.org.

When: Tuesdays, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m., beginning July 31

Where: Deer Pile Space above City O’ City at 206 E. 13th Ave (on the corner of Sherman, near the Capitol). The entrance is on Sherman to the right of City O’ City’s main door.

Reading for August 28: Chapter 4, second half

Join us for forum discussion @ Pedagogy of the Oppressed Forum Thread

Questions? Email us at educate@occupydenver.org.

Video: Tactics that Work: From Zapatismo to Occupy

July 22, 2012 in Teach-In, Video

Thomas Nail, DU Philosophy Department, gave this teach-in on Thursday, July 19th.

Many of the strategies deployed by the Occupy movement have their origins in the alter-globalization movement and one of its main organizing groups, Peoples’ Global Action, which arose from the first and largest global neo-liberal gatherings: the Intercontinental Encuentros organized by the Zapatistas in 1994 and 1996.

This teach-in explores the history of successful function of four tactics popularized by the Occupy Movement but that have their roots in Zapatism and before: 1) horizontal and leaderless networking, 2) consensus decision-making, 3) inclusive multi-fronted struggle, and 4) the collective use of masks.

Thomas Nail, DU Philosopy Department, is the author of Returning to Revolution: Deleuze, Guattari and Zapatismo. As an activist, Thomas has worked with Cascadia Forest Defense – a direct action campaign based in Eugene, Oregon, and with No One is Illegal, Toronto – a radical migrant justice organization in Canada.

Teach-In – Community Organizing Through an International Lens on 5/31

May 29, 2012 in Teach-In

When: Thursday, May 31, 5:30pm – 6:45pm
Where: The Deer Pile space, upstairs from City O’ City, 206 East 13th Avenue
Who: Jason McKain, Co-Executive Director of the Colorado Progressive Coalition

This teach-in is designed to provide an in-depth look at contemporary U.S. community organizing through an international lens. Focusing on the similarities and differences in organizing between these varied approaches will allow attendees to focus in on new hybrid models of organizing. These new models will be discussed in practical, hand-on terms that will assist attendees plan and implement new kinds of community organizing to create change.

Jason McKain has been organizing communities throughout the Western United States for the last 15 years on a number of environmental, social justice and independent media initiatives. Additionally, Jason spent time studying and taking part in organizing around the world. He has been on the ground organizing and studying organizing in Chiapas, Mexico; Caracas, Venezuela; Northern Spain; and, finally, British Columbia.

Video: Occupy Economics V: Corporate Personhood, Democracy and Occupy

May 23, 2012 in Teach-In

On Thursday, May 24, Chad Kautzer led the fifth installment of his Occupy Economics teach-in series: Corporate Personhood, Democracy and Occupy.

Filmed by Gary Crabtree for Occupy Now TV
The Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United (2010) was a watershed moment in American political ideology, representing the ultimate triumph of the private power of capital in American politics. In this teach-in, we’ll cover (1) the history of the corporation and the legal precedents that paved the way for Citizens United, (2) how an abstract, rights-based political and legal philosophy was capable of concluding that money equals speech and corporations are persons, and (3) why the concrete, democratic practices of Occupy represent an alternative political philosophy.

View the previous teach-ins in the Occupy Economics series:
Part I: Occupy Economics 101
Part II: Capitalism, Foreclosures and the Politics of Responsibility
Part III: Class Conflict and the Occupy Movement
Part IV: The Occupy Movement as Ideology Critique