One area we try to take seriously in organizing is working with youth. So it’s always great to see examples of youth stepping up, like this example from Seattle in protests around the acquittal of George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin’s killer. Read the full article here: http://creativitynotcontrol.wordpress.com/2013/08/02/high-school-students-self-organize/.
Some of the organizing we do is reading and studying with youth, helping them write a youth newsletter, and going to actions together and collectively analyzing them and the different participants. We would love to do more–this is work we’ve started relatively recently–and hope to get involved in more campaign work soon. In the meantime, though, we’re trying to strategize around how to do sustainable and radical youth organizing. What ideas do yall have? The article we link to highlights the potentials of youth self-organizing ending with the question of “Teachers: how can we teach in ways that support this kind of student self-organization, instead of thwarting or coopting it?” What do yall think is the healthy amount of hands-on and hands-off work in organizing with youth? And what kind of work does that even look like?