POLITICAL EDUCATION

Understanding the World as It Is. Creating the World as We Want It to Be.

The Way We See The World Matters

Do you want universal healthcare? Do you want clean air, water, and food? A fair economy full of great jobs with living wages for everyone? Excellent schools for all of our kids? Neighborhoods that are safe for everyone? Communities free from injustice, oppression, and discrimination where every single person has dignity and access?

The majority of New Yorkers want these things too. So why don’t we have them? What is standing in the way of realizing the just world we imagine and desire?

For more than 40 years, the conservative movement has worked in a strategic and methodical way to shape the way Americans see the world. The conservative worldview insists that:

  • government is inherently bad;
  • the free market is the solution to all problems;
  • pulling yourself up by your bootstraps is the key to success; and
  • a white supremacist patriarchy is the appropriate power structure for our society.

The conservative strategy has been so successful that theirs is now the dominant worldview in our country. Even Democrats and progressives unknowingly reinforce it. It is affirmed and strengthened in the media, in classrooms, and in the halls of government. That means it is the set of assumptions that frame our public policy debates. As a result, conservative ideas – like cutting taxes to limit government interference and privatizing social security – seem like logical and sound policies. We need to change that.

To make the goals we support – like universal healthcare, racial justice, and a worker-focused economy – make sense to the public, we have to replace that conservative worldview with a progressive one. Our progressive worldview says that:

  • we are interdependent and interconnected;
  • government is an instrument of good;
  • everyone should have opportunity and access; and
  • our economy should promote the common good.

And now we have to do the work to make this the dominant worldview so it is the one we hear affirmed and reinforced in the media, in classrooms, and in the halls of government.

It all starts with political education. And we invite you to join the effort.

There are three ways you can get involved:

  1. Sign up for our core workshops to learn more.
  2. Help broaden our reach by arranging for us to bring our workshops to your workplace or community organization.
  3. Join our Political Education Committee to help us do the work of making the progressive worldview the dominant worldview. We meet every third Thursday of the month from 5:30 to 6:30pm. To get involved or to learn more please contact us, join our Facebook group, or check out our Events page.

OUR CORE WORKSHOPS

Transforming the Worldview: In this workshop, we examine the dominant worldview that currently shapes most people’s understanding of events. Then we explore the transformational ideas rooted in progressive values that we want to replace that dominant worldview with. And finally, we look at the power and importance of the language we use to reinforce our transformational worldview.

Reversing Runaway Inequality: In this workshop, we examine the massive level of economic inequality we bear in America today. We will discuss what the current inequality looks like and how it came to be. Our economic system was built on exploitation of Black and brown people and, in order to achieve economic justice, we must understand and dismantle the racism inherent in the system.

Breaking the Cycle: In this workshop, we explore the motivations and drivers of the criminal legal system, including policing and mass incarceration. We pay special attention to the institutional racism at the heart of the system that has been oppressing Black and brown people for centuries. With that understanding, we can begin to redefine safety in our lives and communities.

It all starts with political education. And we invite you to join the effort.

There are three ways you can get involved:

  1. Sign up for our core workshops to learn more.
  2. Help broaden our reach by arranging for us to bring our workshops to your workplace or community organization.
  3. Join our Political Education Committee to help us do the work of making the progressive worldview the dominant worldview. We meet every third Thursday of the month from 5:30 to 6:30pm. To get involved or to learn more please contact us, join our Facebook group, or check out our Events page.

OUR CORE WORKSHOPS

Transforming the Worldview: In this workshop, we examine the dominant worldview that currently shapes most people’s understanding of events. Then we explore the transformational ideas rooted in progressive values that we want to replace that dominant worldview with. And finally, we look at the power and importance of the language we use to reinforce our transformational worldview.

Reversing Runaway Inequality: In this workshop, we examine the massive level of economic inequality we bear in America today. We will discuss what the current inequality looks like and how it came to be. Our economic system was built on exploitation of Black and brown people and, in order to achieve economic justice, we must understand and dismantle the racism inherent in the system.

Breaking the Cycle: In this workshop, we explore the motivations and drivers of the criminal legal system, including policing and mass incarceration. We pay special attention to the institutional racism at the heart of the system that has been oppressing Black and brown people for centuries. With that understanding, we can begin to redefine safety in our lives and communities.

The way we tell our stories frames how we, and those we speak to, see our world. If we share stories in a narrative that is built to enforce oppressive systems, then we are denying our humanity.

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