H.E.L.L.A. People’s On the Run is a grassroots organization collaboration between the Teachers 4 Social Justice and the People’s Education Movement to create opportunities for educators/organizers of color to heal collectively, network and build together. The acronym H.E.L.L.A. stands for Healing, Empowerment, Love, Liberation and Action, which are the guiding tenets of the H.E.L.L.A. Critical Affinity Group within T4SJ and People’s stands for the Bay Area chapter of the People’s Education Movement. Considering the structural barriers designed to keep people of color alienated, isolated and collectively disempowered within the realm of teaching and organizing [i.e. 83% of the teaching profession is White; Gentrification and the displacement of POC throughout the Bay Area, etc.] our hope is to build on our existing efforts of centering the needs, healing, strengths and individual/collective power of POC in our organizing spaces.
Every 2nd Saturday beginning in October 2017 and ending in May 2018, participants who sign up will meet at the white pillars at Lake Merritt. At 9 am we will begin with stretching, affirmations and Assata Shakur’s chant. At 9:15 am folks will choose one of the following groups to join:
A) Mindful Meditation/Yoga Squad *please bring a yoga mat
B) Walking Squad
C) Jogging Squad
D) Roll Squad
E) Running Squad
Please come wearing all black attire, bring water and revolutionary loving/healing energy to exchange with other educators and organizers of color! #HELLAPeoplesOnTheRun
R&R: Reading and Reflection
T4SJ hosts a series of one night discussions. Come to one, come to a couple, or become a regular. We’ll have dinner, drinks and time to talk. Discussion will be based on a scholarly or timely article concerning social justice or critical pedagogy. Though the article will be available beforehand, we’ll have a short chance to read and a longer opportunity to talk as we construct deeper insights and connections to our work. People of color encouraged to attend.
New folks always welcomed.
Time and date: TBA
Location: SF’s Mission District — (you must RSVP for each date you plan to attend to receive a location)
T4SJ East Bay Radical Reading Group- 2018-19
November 2018-May 2019
This T4SJ study group will be focused on building community and engaging in critical scholarship. We will follow monthly themes and hold short, complex texts in conversation in order to push our own analysis and understanding of social justice and education. Examples of themes include trauma and healing, challenging deficit thinking and decolonial education.
Our intention is to build a community that prioritizes the needs and perspectives of people of color. We welcome community-based educators, classroom teachers and organizers to join us. Meetings will be held in a group member’s home in Albany, the first Wednesday of the month from 6:30-8:30pm. For more information or to apply, email Facilitator Andrew.
Book Club – (SF)2018-19-
Teachers in this group will use literature and the discussions of this literature as a basis for rethinking their actions in the classroom. Teachers will alternate reading Young Adult fiction and scholarly non-fiction. We will gather to hold a structured discussion using a protocol that allows every voice to be heard and every topic or question a participant brings to be examined. As an educator book club, we’ll make what could be difficult to do solo engaging, collaborative, reflective and fun. Space is limited, people of color encouraged to apply.