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Drinking Liberally hosts education forum by teachers!

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WILL ONE OF YOU VOLUNTEER TO BE EVENT HOST FOR THIS? I MAY NOT BE ABLE TO GO. PRETTY PLEASE. AS YOU KNOW, NOT MUCH INVOLVED - JUST ACKNOWLEDGE THE NEWER PEOPLE AS THEY LOOK CONFUSED WALKING AROUND 331.

Drinking Liberally hosts education forum by teachers!

On Thursday, October 17, 2013, Drinking Liberally – Minneapolis St. Paul is proud to host a forum about public education, and mirabile dictu, it features teachers as speakers. If you think that is an unremarkable fact, you would be sorely mistaken, and frankly not paying attention, kids. The event is co-sponsored by the Public Education Justice Alliance of Minnesota (PEJAM).

We’ll meet at the 331 Club in Minneapolis (https://maps.google.com/maps?q=331+Club+Inc,+13th+Avenue+Northeast,+Minneapolis,+MN&hl=en&sll=46.44186,-93.36129&sspn=7.359657,15.732422&oq=331&hq=331+Club+Inc,&hnear=13th+Ave+NE,+Minneapolis,+Minnesota+55413&t=m&z=15) that evening at our regular time, six PM. The program will start at seven. Since Thursday is in the middle of “MEA” week, here’s a special invitation to public school teachers — and anybody else who supports public education actually run by the public and not private companies — to come on out and express your support for the institution that’s the backbone of American democracy.

We have slated as speakers:

Robert Panning-Miller, a founder of PEJAM and a twenty-plus year teacher who teaches at South High School. Rob is active in the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers, and he is a past president of the union. He’ll talk about corporate educational “reform” movement and PEJAM’s response to it.

Pia Payne-Shannon, a veteran English language arts teacher at the north side’s Nellie Stone Johnson elementary school. Pia is a member of PEJAM, too.

Sarah Lahm, a parent of students in Minneapolis Public Schools and a writer for Twin Cities Daily Planet. Sarah is leading the Opt Out Movement here in the Twin Cities, and she is a member of PEJAM.

Here’s your chance to come out and hear a side of the story that the mainstream media — and some pretenders to it — neglect, and to express your appreciation for the people who commit multiple acts of education every day.