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Free Minds, Free People Conference

Organizing resistance to Teach for America and its role in privatization

Calling critical Teach For America (TFA) alumni, those impacted by TFA in their communities, and students of TFA teachers: Lets organize!

Free Minds, Free People is a national conference convened by the Education for Liberation Network that brings together teachers, high school and college students, researchers, parents and community-based activists/educators from across the country to build a movement to develop and promote education as a tool for liberation.

The 2013 conference will take place in Chicago, July 11-14. In the aftermath of a strike that brought teachers and community together to successfully challenge corporate education reform, we are excited to offer people who care about education justice the opportunity to connect, learn, and plan for action in this important city.

During the assembly, we will:

Share the stories and practices of the many critical TFA alumni doing important resistance work across the country as activists, researchers, and teachers.

Amplify the voices of those negatively impacted by TFA in their schools and communities

Action oriented work groups will:

Draft letters to districts urging them not to renew contracts/partner with TFA

Draft templates for counter-recruiting events you can start in your own community

Plan mass media/public service campaign

Plan a summer program for TFA corps members to support them in critical pedagogy

Plan future events/conferences to keep this work moving forward

For additional information or to Skype into the conference, contact: or

For more information on Teach for America, Inc., check out our recommended reading list.

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