Our world is facing an economic, ecological and social crisis of proportions perhaps never before seen in human history. The times demand that we build a smart and strong social movement. We must have an inclusive vision, a strong analysis of systems of oppression, and a deep sense of strategy. The People’s University for Learning and Liberation (PULL) is our political and popular education and leadership development work.
The learning spaces created by PULL help our grassroots base understand those systems and how they are used to divide and weaken our movement. We develop tools to build stronger, more inclusive and more connective social movements. As our friends at People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER) in San Francisco put it (in a quotation we use in our leadership development work):
Throughout the Third World where social movements flourish, working class people, who have little formal education, study and debate theory with a prowess that would shame most college graduates in the United States. The challenges of this period demand that organizers develop the [intellectual] skills that are so often frowned upon.
Since 2007, the Workers’ Center has offered Solidarity School, a 2-day intensive leadership development program, and partnered with the Catalyst Project to hold workshops around the state on Anti-Racism for Collective Liberation. In 2013, PULL coordinated Solidarity Schools across the state, in addition to a number of Advanced Studies on austerity, social rights and the welfare state.
The next Solidarity School will be November 1-2nd, 2014 in Middlebury: Register today!Contact Kate for more information at kate [at] workerscenter [dot] org