People’s College 2020 Schedule

Schedule and Class/Workshop Descriptions

All classes meet in at the Penrose library in downtown Colorado Springs room Columbine A on Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons.

Check back often for updates to the schedule. We have slots left open for Community Conversations to addressing pressing issues.

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2:00 pm
Title: History of Struggle: Lessons from Movements Past

Description: Recent social movements from around the world have taken down regimes. Similarly, the United States has been transformed by social movements such as the labor movement, Civil Rights movement and the anti-war movement. How did these movements achieve such important change? This talk will address the history of people’s movements. It will focus in on large scale struggles with an emphasis on how these movements played out in the Pikes Peak region. In addition, it will address the issues of movement goals, and tactics in an effort to gain insight into what these movements can teach us today.

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 6:00 pm
Title: How to Write a Press Release
Description:
This is a hands on workshop about how to effectively write a press release for an event. Come prepared to write a release about an event!

Date: Tuesday, March 17, 6:00 pm
Title: Global Origins of the “Global Justice Movement

Description: When tens of thousands of demonstrators helped shut down a meeting of the World Trade Organization in Seattle in the winter of 1999, it shocked the world. Who were these people? Where did this opposition to “globalization” suddenly come from? The answer was that none of this was spontaneous or new. The Seattle protests marked a high point of decades of organizing and activism across the globe. In this talk, I’ll look at some of these movements and concentrate on how local, national, and international linkages of activists arose that created a Global Justice movement.

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2:00 pm
Title: Protest 101

Description: This will be guided conversation geared largely towards newcomers but still engaging enough for experienced organizers. Topics to be covered include: safety, what to bring, types of protests, protest roles (ie legal observers, black block, medics, etc.), police tactics, counter-protesters, security culture, jail support, and media. This is intended to be a conversation, so there will be plenty of time for discussion throughout the presentation.

Date: Tuesday, March 31, 6:00 pm
Title:
Implicit Bias: Did I say that?
Description: This is part one of a two part series on anti-racist organizing. Session two “Ally vs Accomplice: How to show up for Frontline communities” is the following week. “Did I say that?” Will focus on Implicit Bias, Assumptions, Stereotypes, Oppressive Language, Avoiding Responsibility and Impact. There will be breakouts, reflection, and activities to dive deeper into ourselves and our implicit and explicit bias. In order to authentically move in Frontline Communities that are impacted by Environmental and Climate injustices, we have to understand that we have to move in a holistic way because social, economic and ecological issues are interconnected and interdependent. The problems are interrelated, and so are the solutions. As organizers, to be allies we must identify, unpack systems of oppression and analyze the narratives that help to legitimize and hold these institutions in place. Avoiding discussions around cultural & racial differences are the single most critical barrier to building effective teams, coalitions, and movements for social change. In order to do that we must commit to create and promote an anti-racist culture in our organizations and the Climate Justice movement.

Date: Tuesday, April 7, 6:00 pm
Title:
Ally vs Accomplice: How to Show up for Frontline Communities
Description: Part two of a two part series on anti-racist organizing, this workshop will give practical steps on how to show up for Frontline Communities who are typically Black and Brown Communities. There will be breakouts, reflection, and activities to dive deeper into ourselves and our implicit and explicit bias. Key Topics: White Allies, White Accomplice, White Savior, White Tears, White Privilege. In order to authentically move in Frontline Communities that are impacted by Environmental and Climate injustices, we have to understand that we have to move in a holistic way because social, economic and ecological issues are interconnected and interdependent. The problems are interrelated, and so are the solutions. As organizers, to be allies we must identify, unpack systems of oppression and analyze the narratives that help to legitimize and hold these institutions in place. Avoiding discussions around cultural & racial differences are the single most critical barrier to building effective teams, coalitions, and movements for social change. In order to do that we must commit to create and promote an anti-racist culture in our organizations and the Climate Justice movement.

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 6:00 pm
Title:
Organized Cooperation for Empowerment
Description: We’ll discuss the cooperative mindset, study some examples of organized cooperation, profile some cooperative movements and challenge our audience to consider ways that organized cooperation could benefit our community.

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2:00 pm
Title: The Chicano Movement
Description: In this talk we will cover the history of the Chicano Civil Rights Movement in Colorado. Beginning with post WWII activism and the GI-bill, we will connect the dots between the notable events of El Movimiento. We will discuss the impact that President Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” legislation had on Colorado migrants and how new access to higher education directly impacted Colorado politics. Discover Colorado’s complicated legacy of Chicano activism and the boycotts, police crackdowns, lockdowns, brutal bombings and assassinations that ensued.

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 6:00 pm
Title: Improv For Radicals: Improvisational Discourse In Activism
Description: We’ll be covering the fundamentals of improvisational comedy through the lens of activism and community organizing. The interpersonal skills refined through improv are generally applicable to the politically active sphere, and being able to think on your toes is invaluable for any type of campaign. Moreover, it is a collective, collaborative pursuit, which builds solidarity among those who participate.

Date: Saturday, May 23, 2:00 pm
Title: Asking Questions, Finding Answers: Research Skills for Social Change
Description: This workshop focuses on finding information that supports your community and organizing goals. We’ll cover research methods such as locating reliable sources and how to share them, how to request public information from government agencies, and how to present your information in ways that add to the credibility of your cause and holds power accountable to the truth. No experience needed – just an interest in finding the answers and information that exposes the truth and builds community knowledge.

Date: Saturday, May 30, 2:00 pm
Title: Poetry and Justice
Description: This workshop is to show how mighty the pen can be creating poetry as sharp as a sword that swings for justice. Facilitated by published author-activists skilled in poetry, spoken-word, and many other forms of expression, the workshop will leave you empowered to speak your truth and put power in words.

Date: Saturday, June 6, 2:00 pm
Title: LGBTQ+ Activism in Colorado Springs
Description: Local LGBTQ+ leaders will discuss their current work and the issues that affect the Colorado Springs LGBTQ+ community such as discrimination in health care, teen homelessness, and visibility. This panel will be moderated by Ash Stephens.

Date: Tuesday, June 9, 6:00 pm
Title: Fighting For A Future
Description: Local Artist & Activist Jeresneyka Rose will share why she was called to action, summarize her experiences with local efforts, debrief the Generation Progress #Fight4AFuture summit, and provide best practices for affecting change.

Date: Tuesday, June 16, 6:00 pm
Title: Cultivating Food Justice
Description: Local food justice workers will discuss issues of food (in)security and activism for food justice in our community.