Democratizing Education Network - National Meeting

Starting Date: 09-22-2006
Ending Date: 09-24-2006
Address

Chicago, Illinois
United States
Description
NATIONAL MEETING FOR CAMPUS ORGANIZERS
DEMOCRATIZING EDUCATION NETWORK
SEPT 22-24, 2006, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Greetings,

A month from now, over the weekend of Sept 20-22, 2006, we will
gather in Chicago some 40-60 campus organizers from a score U.S.
colleges universities, to compare experiences, recent advances and
setbacks, and to plan coordinated action for the coming year. You, or people you work with on your campus, could be among those organizers.

Please take five minutes to read through this invitation. Contents
include information regarding the Democratizing Education Network and
Liberty Tree, an initial meeting agenda, initial travel and lodging
logistics, and so on. At the end is a short application due August 1st.
Lodging is covered, and we hope to be able to help with transportation
(donations for transportation scholarships gratefully accepted).
Please call or email immediately with any questions.

We are looking for participants from many campuses. Maybe you, or some people you work with, would be ideal for this meeting. We are looking for participation from diverse campus communities, including especially communities of color, undergrads and grads, and staff and faculty.
Gender balance is also a priority. The idea is to bring the campus communities
together, and get ready to fight for higher education, and a democratic society, in '06-'07.


For Education for Democracy!

Carl Williams, Ben Manski, Pabitra Benjamin
Liberty Tree Fellows ~ Democratizing Education Program
Education@LibertyTreeFDR.org
608 257 1606

p.s. ~ The next Democratizing Education Convention - less oriented to
planning actions, and more oriented to networking, skills, and issues
workshops, will occur in the Spring.

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A. ABOUT THE DEMOCRATIZING EDUCATION NETWORK

On October 20, 2005, several hundred undergraduate, graduate, campus
labor, faculty, and community organizers, hailing from nine states and
two Canadian provinces, met at the first Democratizing Education
Convention at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. In addition to
holding skills workshops, policy briefings, and comparing notes, the
convention created a new network of higher education organizers, the
Democratizing Education Network (DEN).

Since that convention, the DEN has served as a resource for campus
organizing drives across the country, and has inspired a series of new
student union organizing drives, campus solidarity actions, and a
renewed
Tent State University movement.

The Democratizing Education Network accepts as its constituent
organizations any campus or community organizations dedicated to the
complete fulfillment of the goals detailed in the Democratic Higher
Education Charter.

Democratizing Education Network:
http://www.libertytreefdr.org/event.php?event_id=95
http://www.DemocratizingEducation.org

Liberty Tree's Democratizing Education Program:
http://www.libertytreefdr.org/democratizingEducation.php


B. ABOUT LIBERTY TREE

The Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution is a
non-profit
organization rooted in the belief that the American Revolution is a
living
tradition whose greatest promise is democracy. Our central purpose is
to
build on the accomplishments of earlier American movements by launching
a
new stage in the struggle for democracy. Among our three chief program
areas is our Democratizing Education Program. For more information,
see:

http://www.LibertyTreeFDR.org/

C. MEETING AGENDA

Friday, Sept 22
4pm Check-In
6pm Dinner
7:30pm Campus Reports & Discussion

Saturday, Sept 22
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Organizing Updates & Discussions:
Militarization
Affirmative action
Student unionism
Campus labor
Tent States
Academic freedom
Internationalism in education activism
The GATS and higher ed
Noon Lunch
2:00pm Coordination for the Coming Year:
The Network
Survey of upcoming crises, events
Coordinated action(s)
7:00pm Dinner
9:00pm Social

Sunday, Sept 23
9:00am Breakfast
10:00am The Democratizing Education Convention
1:00pm Goodbyes and Check-Out

D. LODGING

We will be staying at a conference center in Chicago. The facilities
are
dorms, and we will be meeting on-site. Lodging will be covered for
retreat participants; however, should you or your organization be able
to
pay for your lodging, we can apply the savings toward travel
scholarships
for others.

E. TRANSPORTATION

Liberty Tree is prepared to provide some limited transportation
assistance for participants who need this assistance. If you or your
organization is able to make a contribution to help others attend the
meeting, that would help a great deal.

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APPLICATION CHICAGO DEN MEETING PARTICIPATION
Return to Carl Williams at Williams@LibertyTreeFDR.org by Aug 25th.

NAME:

EMAIL:

PHONE:

ADDRESS:

CAMPUS:

STUDENT/STAFF/FACULTY/UNION:

AFFILIATIONS:

PLEASE PROVIDE BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:

1. Why do you want to participate?


2. What is your campus organizing and other organizing background?


3. What will your participation add to the retreat?


4. Will you be on campus next year?



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