Wisconsin's Saul Alinsky Summer Camp
No smores over the campfire and friendship braclet weaving here.
While many high school students are relaxing or working during the summer months, the radical left-wing illegal immigrants advocacy group Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES) is quite busy educating the next generation of community organizers.
YES, a youth subsidiary of Voces de la Frontera, has organized an 8-week, Saul Alinsky-style summer school course. They are 'teaching' nearly 40 high school students on political education and organizing skills. Called Freedom School, the course emphasizes a radical left-wing ideology and prepares student organizers to organize and lead local YES chapters in their high schools.
The application for the YES Freedom School describes the 8 week course in detail:
YES Freedom School focuses on developing students into leaders, as well as placing their understanding of organizing in the context of the historic fight against systemic and institutionalized oppression. We do not organize in a vacuum, but in a world with specific systems in place that keep people oppressed. Student leaders must understand these systems if they are to truly understand the purpose of their work. We will especially explore issues of educational justice, racism, sexism, classism, and immigrant rights.
Participants will take weekly courses designed to develop their organizing capabilities, their knowledge about systemic oppression and the forms of injustice in our society, as well as learn from the experiences of other movements in the long struggle for universal justice and liberation. Students will... Collin Roth has more, here.