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'Teachers For Class War' Returns to Freak Radio
Teachers for Class War is back on the air at 101.1 FM, and here are our most recent two shows: On January 26th we interviewed Genevieve Siegel-Hawley of the Civil Rights Project about school segregation in the 21st Century. On February 2nd we spoke with George Ciccariello-Maher about the police murders of Gary King Jr., Oscar Grant, and the community response in the East Bay. Next week, Monday February 9th at 6 PM, we'll interview Jeff Duncan-Andrade of the Cesar Chavez Institute. Tune in live at 101.1 FM or online at http://www.freakradio.org.
'Teachers for Class War' has returned to Free Radio Santa Cruz in order to bring you radio from the trenches of California's school system. Tune in Mondays 6-7 PM.
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On January 26th we spoke with Genevieve Siegel-Hawley about the latest annual report from the now UCLA-based Civil Rights Project, "Reviving the Goal," which is focused on our segregated school system. We discussed common perceptions about what segregation means, and particularly what it means today. We talked about how hypersegregation happens and what to do about it.
On February 2nd George Ciccariello-Maher laid it all out--criminalization of dissent, a diversity of tactics in responding to the OPD murder of Oscar Grant, the longer struggle against police brutality in the town, and more. An update on East Bay street resistance from someone who has been writing about the protests--and who got swept up, arrested, and brutalized Friday after the bail hearing, with the strange result that George and Johannes Mehserle spent the weekend in the same Santa Rita jail.
We'll speak with Jeff Duncan-Andrade next week: He's an Oakland school teacher and a professor at SFSU's Cesar E. Chavez Institute. He gave a keynote address at 2007's Teachers 4 Social Justice conference. Here's a reportback:
"What do you get when you cross a 10th grade English teacher with Paulo Freire’s liberation theology, Tupac’s Thug Life mentality, and all kinds of Oakland flava? Sound crazy…? What you get is Jeff Duncan-Andrade, the dynamic keynote speaker at this year’s Teachers 4 Social Justice Conference.
Duncan-Andrade spoke to a large auditorium full of activist minded K-12 teachers from the Bay area and all over the country. Jeff, declining the mic, elevated his voice and with it our way of thinking. This high school teacher of 16 years dropped all kinds of knowledge for the first 2 1/2 hours of the day. Born and raised in Oakland, the Ph.d. having, baggy clothes wearing, community based thinking teacher is a revolutionary among K-12 educators.
Duncan-Andrade, also a professor of Raza Studies at SFSU, spoke about the need for teachers to care about their students as if they were their own children. His Thug Life Pedagogy for the classroom is rooted in liberation theology and the Thug Life philosophy of the late Rapper, Tupac Shakur. He talked about giving students something to fight for, the need for instilling hope, and about instilling in young people the discipline needed to become warrior-scholars. He spoke of the injustices in our educational system and delivered concrete suggestions for how to flip the script on school curriculum and policy to inspire and not disenfranchise our students.