Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Washtenaw Community Members and Students Host Social Forum & Teach-In on Occupy Movements and Rebuilding Power

The Washtenaw Community Action Team (WCAT) (part of the We Are the People Michigan coalition), Occupy Ann Arbor and Occupy UM will jointly hold a pair of events this week that address the Occupy movements and how local labor, students and community members can get involved to rebuild political power for working people.

Social Forum on Working People’s Power - Kalamazoo Room of Michigan League - Tuesday, 7:00-9:00pm

The forum is the culmination of a two-month, two part film series The Power of Working People held at 4 locations in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor.

Invited speakers will explore different aspects of the following question - how can working people can build a movement capable of strengthening worker rights, social justice and genuine equality of opportunity for all?

Each speaker will provide recommendations for how to go forward in Washtenaw County and reflect on the significance of the Occupy movements.

Tom Weisskopf is emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan.

Maureen Taylor is the Chair of the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization and Occupy Detroit participant.

Jane Slaughter is Chief Editor and Director of labornotes.org.

Occupation Teach In - Clarence Cook Little Building, Room 1528 - Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm

Students and faculty at the University of Michigan will host a Teach In. The teach in is part of an Occupy Detroit initiative that will serve as a primer on the national and local Occupy movements as well as a jump start for conversations about student debt, tuition fees, university labor and the privatization of higher education. The event features discussion about what UM students can do participate in the Occupy movement locally and on campus.

The event will feature speakers from Occupy Oakland and Ann Arbor, the Graduate Employees Organization and a political economist at the University of Michigan.

The CC Little Building is located 1100 N. University Ave. Ann Arbor, MI on the University of Michigan’s central campus.

For more information visit washtenawcat.org. Facebook event pages can be found at A Social Forum on Rebuilding Working People’s Power and Occupation Teach In.

Adam Warner / Washtenaw Community Action Team

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