Occupy and Educate Denver Committee

 

Content on this page is provided by the Occupy Denver Education Committee.
It may not reflect the approval of the General Assembly, unless otherwise noted.
Contact this Committee

educate@occupydenver.org

Meeting Times

Every other Monday at 5:00pm in the Denver Public Library, meet in the TV room on the forth floor of the Library. Contact the Education Committee by emailing educate@occupydenver.org to confirm the meeting week.

Teach-In Schedule

Visit Occupy Denver‘s main website to view upcoming teach-ins.

 


About Us

Occupy and Educate Denver organizes and promotes educational events, teach-ins, and workshops both for and about the Occupy movement in a way that is free and accessible to the general public. Our goal is to facilitate critical and historical perspectives on social justice issues, provide alternative learning spaces and practices, and contribute to the self-understanding and practical success of the movement. You may view past teach-ins at our teach-in website.


What is an Occupy Denver Teach-In?

Occupy Denver teach-ins are classes or educational opportunities offered in collaboration with the Occupy movement. Teach-ins are intended to educate and inspire the positive transformation of communities and should reflect the spirit of Occupy Denver in both content and practice. They are held for anyone wishing to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure successful implementation of Occupy Denver ideas and actions, and were created to provide space for those who wish to share such knowledge. Teach-ins are usually one hour to one and a half hours long, and may be limited to one occasion or be part of a series.

Teach-ins are held most Thursdays, 5:30-6:45pm at the Deer Pile (above City O’ City at 206 E. 13th Ave). Teach-ins have ranged from Corporate Influence in Politics, The Fight for Fair Food, Indigenous Activism, Tactics for Movement Campaigns, Health Care, Women in Social Movements, Foreclosures, Occupy Economics, and much much more…

Reading groups are held most Tuesdays, 5:30-6:45pm at the Deer Pile (above City O’ City at 206 E. 13th Ave). We have read and discussed Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire – a monumental book about education and revolutionary liberation which is forged with, not for the oppressed. We have read and discussed Wretched of the Earth by Franz Fanon – a foundational book about colonization and decolonization.

Occupy Denver folks have expressed interest in learning more about the following, but teach-ins need not be limited to these topics:

  • Indigenous Politics/Models
  • History of AIM Movement
  • Immigration and Borders
  • Deep Green Resistance
  • Community Organizing/Projects
  • The Foreclosure Crisis: History and Resistance
  • Homelessness/Poverty
  • Critiques of Capitalism/Alternatives to Capitalism
  • Radical Democratic and Cooperative Forms of Political and Economic Organization
  • Critical History of Economic Institutions
  • Revolution in Theory and Practice
  • Occupy in the Context of the History of Social Movements
  • People’s History of Denver, Colorado, U.S., World
  • Constitutional History
  • Civics
  • Movement Tactics (Past and Future)
  • Civil Disobedience
  • Non-Violence in Theory and Practice
  • Queer Theory
  • Critical Race and Whiteness Theory
  • Feminism (History, Theory, Methodology)
  • Anti-Oppression Strategies
  • Radical Pedagogy
  • The Politics of Space/Occupation
  • Yoga
  • Permaculture
  • Meditation
  • Food Politics/Food Justice
  • The Current Banking System
  • Human Rights
  • Do-It-Yourself Movements
  • How to Build a Winter Shelter/Survival Skills
  • Resource Pooling/Intentional and Collective Living


Where to Go and What to Expect at Occupy Denver

Teach-ins are often held in the Deer Pile upstairs from City O’ City at 206 East 13th Avenue (off the corner of Sherman and 13th) in Denver near the Capitol. We can also assist in organizing teach-ins at other locations. Wherever teach-ins are held, attendees will come to them from diverse backgrounds and experiences, so those conducting and attending teach-ins should be prepared to accommodate this diversity.

If you are giving a class and have readings to suggest ahead of time, these can be linked from the website. Given the fluid and dynamic conditions at Occupy Denver, it is probably safer to assume that readings have not been completed beforehand, unless your class is part of a series with regular attendees. We encourage those conducting teach-ins to provide handouts that ideally contain a list of recommended resources (i.e. books, articles, websites, videos, workshops etc.) for subsequent study. Please contact Occupy and Educate Denver if you have any questions: educate@occupydenver.org


How to Schedule a Teach-In

It is best to organize and announce your teach-in at least one week in advance to aid with promotion and avoid scheduling conflicts. Once teach-in information has been submitted to Occupy and Educate Denver, it will be posted on our website. We also promote teach-ins on our Facebook Page, announce them at General Assemblies, and sometimes make flyers and publicize through further sources. To help us facilitate this process, we request the following information be provided to educate@occupydenver.org in advance:

  •  Title or Name of the Teach-In
  • One to Four-Sentence Description
  • Date and Time
  • Location
  • One-time or a Series?
  • Your Name and/or Organization
  • Contact Information:

You can download the teach-in scheduling form and submit completed forms to educate@occupydenver.org.


What are the Criteria for a Teach-In?

  • Contributes to the self-understanding and/or practical success of the movement
  • Adheres to Occupy Denver Anti-Oppression Commitments
  • Promotes inclusivity, rather than exclusivity
  • Incorporates dialogue and open discussion
  • Is non-partisan

If you have concerns about the content of any particular teach-in, those concerns should be brought first (if possible) to those conducting the teach-in, then to the education committee, and finally, if needed, they may be brought before a General Assembly, the deciding body of Occupy Denver, to determine whether or not the topic is beneficial to the progress of our movement. This is in accordance with Occupy Denver’s official accountability process.


How to Join Occupy Denver’s Educators Collective

Occupy and Educate Denver is organized by a working group of people who dedicate time and energy to organize and promote teach-ins, reading groups, and other educational events. Following the Occupy structure, this working group is horizontally organized and makes decisions through consensus. Anyone is welcome to join the working group and help maintain and develop Occupy and Educate Denver. Email educate@occupydenver.org to get involved.


External Resources

More free classes in Denver can be found at Free School Denver