Kev and Gera are here with an emergency show. The Denver Classroom Teachers Association has voted overwhelmingly to strike. The ball is now in the court of Governor Jared Polis. The fellas get worked up and share their thoughts on the strike vote and its implications for our society. They get in their feelings, they ruminate on the democratic ideal and discuss the role of dissent in a vibrant and powerful democracy. This is the next movement.
The fellas are back, and it’s gettin’ real! The block is hot, with nearly 4,000 teachers taking to the streets of Denver, demanding fair pay. We try to make sense of this historical moment, one of national significance, and decompress after a full day of marching, chanting, connecting, and, for the third time since April, MCing a teacher rally on the steps of the capital. The emotion, the hope, the cautious optimism of a new moment are all on deck here. A must-listen for teachers and community members looking to debrief!
Despite the SnowPocalypse, the fellas are back to have a conversation with Tiffany Choi, teacher at Denver East High School who is running for President of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association. As part of the Caucus of Today’s Teachers within DCTA, she has advocated for a more democratic and more justice-focused union for Denver Teachers. She describes her experiences that led her to this candidacy, including her account of a school closure, and offers a vision for a union that is focused on support and development of community schools. Subscribe and listen today!
The fellas are back this week to introduce Phillip and Omar, co-hosts of the BHOOF Hip Hop podcast, and 11th graders at the Denver Center for International Studies. These young fellas have a voice and a set of opinions, and discuss Hip Hop’s Drill movement. We discuss podcasting, violence in hip-hop, Chicago, and the Boxer Rebellion. Yes, you read that correctly. Listen today!
The fellas are back from Spring Break, and we sit down with Henry Roman, incumbent president of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association. It has been a turbulent and tense 2019, and he shares his thoughts on the 2019 strike, his decision to run for re-election, and his vision for the Denver Teachers’ union.
The fellas are finally back after a long layoff! Summer is here, and is a time for reflection, recharging, and anxiety dreams about the first day of school, all while trying to complete long-overdue projects in the house, to say nothing of restoring relationships to our significant others and families which may have been broken during the turbulent 2018-2019 school year…but we digress.
This episode is the first track from our #Revolutionaries #Mixtape, our live shows from the NEA’s Racial and Social Justice Conference in Houston, Texas on July 1 and 2. We have the incredible honor of sitting with Jesse Hagopian, co-editor of Rethinking Schools’ Teaching for Black Lives, Kaitlin Kamalei, and Bruce Jackson, all public school teachers in the great state of Washington, and who were instrumental in a number of successful initiatives in the Seattle area, including the statewide optout of testing, the creation of an Ethnic Studies graduation requirement, and the establishment of an Ethnic Studies support office in administration. They discuss what they have learned from participating in community action, and offer insights and lessons on would-be educator-activists in a fun and inspirational conversation.
The #revolutionaries #mixtape will include five hours of tracks, and will feature our conversations on educational justice with revolutionaries from all over our educational landscape. Amazing people doing amazing work from coast to coast will share their ideas. Enjoy!
Kevin and Gerardo sit down for an energizing and inspiring discussion with Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo, co-Founders of Choose and co-authors of two books, most recently Tell Me Who You Are, and exploration of identity in the United States. As fifteen-year-old sophomores, these two young scholars were introduced to conversations about racial conflict following the death of Eric Garner at the hands of police. They were hit hard by the fact that racial identity and conflict had not been introduced to them previously, though they had both experienced discrimination. Their shock quickly evolved into determination to improve the quality of racial conversations in classrooms, and to develop a model for racial literacy, enabling all Americans to engage in deeper, more meaningful and progressive conversations around race.
They did all this while still enrolled in high school. Now college students, they have a thriving non-profit organization, two books they have co-authored, and two TED talks, all of which may be found here https://www.chooseorg.org/. Tell Me Who You are has found its way into classrooms in 40 states, and they remain traveling, committed, and energized in their fight for racial literacy. Listen to this one, and see how the torch of social justice continues to be passed.
Sorry to Bother You, but our summer mixtape rolls on! This track features the incredible revolutionary artist Boots Riley! Best known for the landmark film Sorry to Bother You, Boots has been a mainstay in grassroots movements all over the world. Raised by community-minded revolutionaries, Boots eventually became identified with the rebel hip hop collective The Coup, and has amplified people’s movements all over the world.
As keynote speaker, Boots graciously agreed to spend 40 minutes with us to discuss the intersections of schooling, art, activism, and community organizing. We discuss the state of community organizing, schooling, and hip hop.
This interview was made possible by the National Education Association’s Shilpa Reddy and Stephanie Luongo, during the NEA Conference on Racial and Social Justice, as part of our live show in the NEA Organizing Studio.
Six tracks remain on our #Revolutionary #Intersectional #Mixtape. Keep it locked right here. No texting. (listen to the episode for that joke)
Our summer #Revolutionaries #Mixtape rolls on with our conversation with Terry Jess and Micah Kruser, who will discuss effective and disruptive white allyship, as well as the roll that white educators may play in supporting students of color. We all aspire to the level of collaboration and partnership modeled by Terry and Micah, don’t miss this one. Recorded live in Houston at the National Education Association’s Conference on Racial and Social Justice in Houston, TX on July 1, 2019.
To white educators, their message is no excuses, they, along with Luke Michener, have begun the work. Check out their youtube channel for some #RealPD!