Occupy Ypsi Free School this Saturday at EMU

I took these photos on Water Street a couple of days ago, where some folks had gathered to make art and discuss, among other things, the teach-in that’s scheduled to happen this Saturday at EMU. Here, for those of you not adverse to the idea of getting out of your homes, meeting strangers, and encountering new ideas, is the tentative agenda.

Teach-In: A Free School
Organized by Students for Ethical and Participatory Education (SEPE) and Occupy Ypsilanti
Saturday, April 14, 2012 10:30-5:00
Porter Hall || EMU Campus


10:30 Welcome & General Introduction (Porter 203)
Johnny Lupinacci, Education, EMU

10:45 Plenary Panel 1 (Porter 203):
Contemporary Struggles in Historical Contexts

Moderator: Robin Lucy, Literature, EMU and OY
1. Neoliberalism as Critical Framework: Ian Robinson, Social Theory and Practice, U of Michigan
2. An Intersectional Approach to Black Movements in Michigan: Nicole Carter, Education, EMU
3. International Youth Movements: Will Daniels, SEPE, EMU
4. Reproductive Justice: Beth Currans, Women’s and Gender Studies, EMU and OY

12:15 Lunch: Potluck (Please bring something to share!)

1:00 Plenary Panel 2 (Porter 203):
Local Issues: Reclaiming Our Commons

Moderator: Rob Halpern, Creative Writing, EMU and OY
1. “Common is a Verb: Reclaiming the Commons”: Peter Linebaugh, History, U of Toledo and OY
2. “Post-Crisis University: New Engine of Inequality”: Brian Whitener, Romance Languages, U of Michigan
3. Foreclosures in Washtenaw County: Adam Warner, Washtenaw County Action Team
4. Student Empowerment: Phil Patterson, SEPE, EMU

Panels will be followed by smaller workshops focusing on specific issues and questions. Participants can choose from among the following:

2:45-3:30 Workshop Set 1
1. Community Organizing: Greg Pratt
2. Art & Propaganda: Graphic Agitation: Jeff Clark, OY

3:30-4:15 Workshop Set 2
1. Legal/Paralegal Work: Peter Solenberger and Washtenaw Foreclosure Defense (WFD)
2. Direct Action: Jennifer Trombley, WFD and OY, and Phil Patterson, SEPE
3. Local Food & You: From Eater to Activist: Stefanie Stauffer, Michigan Young Farmer Coalition

4:30-5:00 Final Plenary Discussion // Reports Back
Moderator: Amy Willacker Morgan, OY

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  1. anonymous
    Posted April 9, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    What’s the direct action? Should I come dressed for guerrilla flower planting, or window smashing?

  2. thank you
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 2:12 am | Permalink

    The photos are beautiful. The sentiment even more so. Thank you all for continuing to push the boulder up the mountain.

  3. john
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 6:34 am | Permalink

    What kind of free stuff will we be demanding?

  4. Edward
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    Yes, John. Learning about reproductive rights and the benefits of eating local foods is synonymous with “demanding free stuff”.

  5. Edward
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 7:04 am | Permalink

    One free thing that should be demanded though, on second thoughts, is a decent K-12 education, like these young men are doing in Detroit.


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