Monday, December 1, 2008

Free Minds, Free People

A National Conference on Education for Liberation

June 25 to 28, 2009

Houston, Texas

Call for Proposals

Submission deadline: January 15, 2009

Free Minds, Free People is a national conference 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 for Liberation. Education for Liberation prepares the most excluded, under-served members of our society, in particular low-income youth and youth of color, to fight for a more just world by:

· Teaching students the causes of inequalities and injustices in society and how communities have fought against them.

· Helping them develop both the belief in themselves that they can challenge those injustices and the skills necessary to do that.

· Supporting them in taking action that leads to disenfranchised communities having more power.

The goal of Free Minds, Free People is to provide a forum for sharing knowledge, experiences and strategies that support the use of education as a tool for liberation by:

· Connecting local community efforts to national education for liberation activities.

· Expanding our network of education liberators by building relationships that cross barriers of geography, race, age, class, gender, sexual orientation, profession and other identities.

· Showcasing a broad spectrum of strategies, including arts, popular education, organizing, dialogue and scholarship, and their related impacts.

· Acting as a catalyst for the continued development of a social movement around education for liberation.

We invite K-12 teachers, community-based educators, high school and college students, activists/organizers, artists, parents and academic researchers to submit proposals for workshops, panels, poster sessions and other activities.

Please see attached proposal guidelines. Or visit to download a copy.

If you have any questions please contact:

Tara Mack (

Education for Liberation Network, Brooklyn, NY

Alex Poeter (

Chicago Freedom School, Chicago IL

Robin Owens (

Local Planning Committee, Houston, TX

Tara Mack, Director

Education for Liberation Network

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