Upcoming Trips

Envisioning Local Democracy

Date: 
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 to Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Envisioning Local Democracy

What does democracy mean if not self-government? 

Who bears the brunt of progress?

"Sacrifice Zones are those areas that have been offered up for exploitation in the name of profit, progress and technological advancement."

-Chris Hedges, award winning journalist

 

All across our country localities have resisted the placement of hazardous and industrial waste, the pollution of beloved rivers and ground, extractive practices like mining and hydraulic fracturing and much more. Nearly always, however, local peoples' interests lose to corporate power. Nonetheless, resistance  persists and is gaining momentum.

200 communities around the country are enacting local ordinances and constitutions to resist and liberate their communities from state preemption and corporate harm. There are sacrifice communities all over our country that have attempted to seek redress from EPA, from particular states or from our judicial branch, to no avail. This growing movement is asserting self-governance and community rights, securing the inalienable rights of people, communities and nature, in hopes to revolutionize and activate a more authentic democracy.

This crew will learn from front-line communities in sacrifice zones in our home region, and also those living in Pennsylvania, Ohio and South Dakota about the pioneering ways people are continuing to fight, and connecting to a bigger goal of enacting local democracy. 

We will explore concepts such as environmental justice, indigenous environmental justice, racial justice, theories of power, change and governance.

 

This crew will host dialogues in schools and at community events and film festivals in order to broaden the work to enact a more true democracy.

 

COST: $1700

 

Please be in touch about any concerns of cost and/or logistics!

We are human-scale and willingly adapt to individual needs! 

Re-Envisioning Education

Date: 
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 to Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Re-Envisioning Education

How might we educate all of our young people to be couragous friends, strong citizens, compassionate humans, critical and literate individuals, stewards of a rapidly changing planet, and creative, productive workers?

A pioneering group of citizens in Vermont have worked to pass the Ethnic Studies and Social Equity Bill. Similarly, schools around the state are enacting incremental projects to create more equitable spaces. 

This crew will be a think-tank to imagine what a transformed educational experience might look like. 

We will begin our investigation by learning from some of the individuals in Vermont who are compelled by this work, and what each hopes to come from this process. We will then hit the road and learn from indigenous scholars and community leaders in Maine, as this will help us unearth some of the original and permeating foundation of our educational system over one hundred years ago.

Then, we will continue our road-trip to Rhode Island, Detroit, Chicago, and Minneapolis to learn from people creating and enacting transformed educational spaces.  

This crew has the opportunity to be part of Education Reimagined's Young Film Makers Film Festival in October, where the winners of the Media Challenge 'What if "school" as we know it didn't exist? ' will be shown around the city.

 

AND, as usual, this crew will host dialogues in schools and at community events and film festivals to continue the conversation.

 

COST: $1700

 

PLEASE BE IN TOUCH ABOUT ANY CONCERNS YOU HAVE, cost or other logistics