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Occupy Education

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I enjoyed a stimulating Occupy L.A. event on Sunday. A new project for the movement is to provide free education. It’s a different kind of education, as you might imagine, a collaborative experience stripped (as much as possible) of positions of privilege and coercion. It is a forum of mutual respect extended to all, based primarily on our mutual honor for what life has taught us through our experiences.

The result is a more dynamic and democratic experience. This is only my second time attending, but already I feel myself expanding my horizons. It is refreshing to be a part of a group that actively engages new approaches that are truly outside of what is normative and stale. Being involved with these groups kind of reminds me of the purest reasons for education.

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We had a really good turnout. These photos only show a few participants. People seemed to be very engaged in the learning process.

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The subject matter is fascism. We’ve talked about characteristics of fascism and discussed to what extent our society displays fascism. This last photo shows a few of the notes, a record of thoughts and ideas generated from the class.

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Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy, as the Executive Director of the Wrangell Mountain Center. When not in McCarthy, you'll typically find me in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, writing and working with local activists. My primary writing project right now is a novel set in remote bush Alaska, of the magical realism genre wherein an earnest and independent young woman finds a mysterious radio belonging to her grandmother, a device that has paranormal bandwidth and a disturbing ability to mess with one's mental stability.

Consider this post an invitation, an invitation to comment and collaborate ~ In Solidarity, JE

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