Posts Tagged ‘#social justice’

Nov 02

No Fair! An Afternoon with the Social Justice in Early Childhood Study Group

By Gilad Shanan, with contributions from Delores Rita, Annie Stone, and Christine Harrell — One sunny September Saturday afternoon, I threw a few apples in my backpack and left my apartment. The crisp air seemed to wash away the worries of the week as I walked a few blocks south to meet up with a small group of friends and colleagues, the Social Justice in Early Childhood Study Group. My […]

“C is for Civil Rights” Children’s Social Justice Book Club

By Kristen Atkinson, Mariame Kaba, Jake Klippenstein, Eva Nagao & Mary Scott-Boria — Introduction In late 2012, Mariame Kaba, one of the cofounders of the Chicago Freedom School (CFS) and a board member of the organization, wrote to her Facebook friends asking if they would be interested in organizing a social justice book club for children. She’d been considering the idea since the inception of CFS six years […]

Oct 14

CPS School Closings and the Politics of Fear

By Michael Johnson — This essay was first published in 2013 on the Prison Culture blog at I have been closely following the latest round of school closings as a community organizer with the Resident Association of Greater Englewood (RAGE). Throughout the process, I have noticed a tendency by those arguing against the closures to rely on particular arguments […]


By The Chicago Childcare Collective — Our Story Roots The Chicago Childcare Collective, or ChiChiCo for short (pronounced CheeCheeCoe), was formed in 2007 by a group of radical activists and friends, including Lewis Wallace, Amita Lonial, Simon Strikeback, B Loewe, ChaNell Marshall, and Sam Worley. These organizers became aware of a need of many racial and economic justice–focused organizations in Chicago: […]

Kids Are Not Goats

By César Hernández — I recently had an argument with my English teacher because she calls us “kids.”  I told her that I didn’t like her calling me a “kid” because it means baby goat—I AM NOT AN ANIMAL—and that’s what kid means. She didn’t stop calling us kids though and instead told us we are “naïve and stupid.” […]

Jul 23

Inhabiting and Learning Together: Tracing the first five years of AREA Chicago

By Daniel Tucker — An earlier version of this essay was written in May 2011 for a “Pedagogic Notebook” edited by Sitesize (Spain), but was revised in March 2012 for publication in “Healthy social movements need spaces for learning and experimentation, healthy democracies need wise citizens to make wise decisions about resources and politics, and healthy people need […]

Jan 08

Practicing Solidarity

By Christopher Hayes — As the summer war between Israel and Lebanon threatened to spiral out of control, a rarely-used word began to wend its way into news accounts and editorials: solidarity. Groups from Orange County, CA, to St. Louis, held “solidarity vigils” in support of Israel, while Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert praised the “spirit of solidarity of […]

Introducing: Chicago Freedom School

By Kristen Cox — The early Civil Rights movement was led, in part, by unsung heroes in their teens. In 1951, 16-year-old Barbara Johns organized a walkout and twoweek strike at Moton High School in Farmville, VA. This case became one of five reviewed by the Supreme Court when it declared segregation unconstitutional in the 1954 Brown v. Board […]

On Special Education in CPS: An interview with Paula Ladin

By Nance Klehm & Paula Ladin — Paula Ladin is a special ed. teacher and a mother of three young children. She has recently taught at Columbia College in the Special Ed. Teacher Certification Program. She is currently trying to convince her husband to get some egg-laying chickens in their backyard and is looking for a job. (During our interview, Paula was […]

On a Field Trip to the US Social Forum: An Interview with Anne Rapp

By Daniel Tucker & Anne Rapp — This summer, Anne Rapp of DePaul University took a class of four undergraduate students to the first ever United States Social Forum (USSF) in Atlanta, Georgia. AREA Chicago interviewed Rapp via email about the link between the classroom and the social movements that make up and support the USSF. You have said that the way […]

On Teachers for Social Justice: An Interview with Pauline Lipman and Rico Gustein

By Daniel Tucker, Rico Gutstein & Pauline Lipman — AREA Chicago Interviews Rico Gutstein and Pauline Lipman (of Teachers for Social Justice) about some recent developments in social justice teacher networking in Chicago. This has been an incredible year already for radical education gatherings and networking opportunities in Chicago. There was the new Social Justice Student Expo at UIC, the Education for Liberation conference […]

Introducing: Fire This Time Fund

By Kristen Cox — Radicalization, nourished by a critical spirit, is always creative. – Paulo Frieire Lessons Learned In Year One  I thought it would be an interesting experiment to invite peers in my larger social network, whose activist work—in anti-prison, education, media, LBGTQ health, and community arts circles—I admired and respected, to join me in devising a process […]

How Real Does it Get? Editorializing on Critical Pedagogy, Wankstas, and the Fear of Teaching Like a Girl

By Erica Meiners and Therese Quinn — Critical pedagogy can and often does make invisible the daily labors of the primarily female force teaching in our public schools and in many of the teacher education programs at colleges and universities, while glorifying the work of a few, mostly male and white academicians. Just like the highly paid male chefs (when the majority of the world’s unpaid daily preparers of food are women) or the valorized male artists (when everyday domestic arts are overwhelmingly practiced, uncompensated, by women), the critical pedagogue is only possible through the erasure of the intersections of gender, race, power and privilege.