The People's University for Learning and Liberation (PULL) is a project of the Vermont Workers' Center. It consists of workshops, educational events, videos and other online resources to give grassroots leaders the skills to build a powerful movement for social justice.

VWC at the Fair Development Conference in Baltimore

Last month, 6 Leaders from the Vermont Workers' Center attended the Fair Development Conference in Baltimore hosted by the United Workers (www.unitedworkers.org). The VWC presented on a panel with folks from the Media Mobilizing Project in Phildelphia (mediamobilizing.org), the Poverty Initiative (www.povertyinitiative.org) and the Northeast Pennsylvania Organizing Center (www.nepaorganizingcenter.org).

What Do We Mean by Political Education?

Our friends at Media Mobilizing Project have great insight about how to talk about Political and Popular education. Here's a snapshot of what they have to say about political education:

"By 'political education' we mean the collective process of study, research and analysis that we need to engage in together in order to do this work.

After the floods, things are really gonna get messy (From Heather Pipino)

This is not a feel good story.

I must say that it has been truly inspiring to see the out-pouring of community support and Vermonters "get er done" attitude over the past 10 days. Some people have really put in Herculean effort (and are starting to get sick from the mold/toxins as a result). Many have sweat and strained for complete strangers or spent hours and days helping friends in need.

Irene took a toll on many in our communities, the effects of which we are going to be seeing for many months to come. I fear that some families will never fully recover.

Why May 1?

"May Day is International Workers Day, a time of celebration and opposition throughout the world, except in the United States where it began. May Day commemorates the May 1st, 1886 nationwide protest for the eight hour day and the following "Haymarket Affair," a pivotal event in the history of workers' and anarchist movements in which four labor organizers were hanged by the state in Chicago. May Day is also the ancient celebration of Spring and rebirth-the traditional time for planting new seeds in old ground. Celebrate Peoples' History"

Walkers Budget Repair Bill Will Most Adversely Affect Wisconsin Minorities (by The UpTake)

Check out this video from The UpTake. The UpTake is a great website to get up to date info on the struggle in Wisconsin. Thanks to Heather for finding this great video!