Here's our final agenda. It looks good -- leaders from Oaxaca, Puerto Rico, etc.
Trinational Coalition for the Defense of Public Education
Canada, the United States and Mexico
P.O. Box 602
Olympia, Washington 98507
Fax: (360) 867-5430. www.trinationalcoalition.org
Eighth Trinational Conference in Defense of Public Education
"Public Education Is Not For Sale"
April 18-20, 2008
UTLA Building, 3303 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, California
Friday, April 18, 2008
Noon – 2:45 pm Tour of Los Angeles schools
The Local Planning Committee of the UTLA has organized a tour of L.A.
Schools including primary, secondary and community colleges. We
find these school tours create a common experience that all conference
participants can reference in the plenary sessions and workshops.
We encourage delegates from all three countries to participate.
A box lunch will be part of the tour.
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm National Sections: Canada, the United States and Mexico
UTLA Building, 8th Floor workshop rooms.
This is an opportunity for delegates from each country to meet each
other, discuss the public education campaigns in their country and
decide the most effective way to participate in the work of the
conference. We find these discussions provide a forum for
teachers and union leaders to have a discussion that cuts across all
educational levels from primary through university education. (Dinner
on your own.)
6:30 pm – 9:15 pm Welcome and Celebration: 40 years of Struggle.
UTLA Auditorium, 2nd Floor. Holds 350 Theater Style
A world-wide rebellion began in 1968 against the post World War II
global regime. Students and workers led this rebellion and their
demands often focused on the necessity of an education that confronted
poverty, racism and war. We'll celebrate this rebellion and its
on-going expressions today in each of the three countries.
(Registration and literature tables)
Friday, April 18, 2008
6:30 pm – 9:15 pm Welcome and Celebration: 40 years of Struggle
Evening Agenda/Open to the Public
6:30 pm – 6:40 pm. UTLA President A.J. Duffy and Dan Leahy
Trinational Coordinator: Welcome to L.A., the UTLA
And the Trinational Coalition. (History of
6:45 pm – 7:30 pm
Cultural/Theatrical Presentation on forty years of
struggle for public education.
UTLA Local Planning
Committee. Arlene Inouye, Organizer.
We want to encourage all participants to bring
flyers, posters, videos, slide shows, photographs,
songs, poems about past, present and future struggles to defend
Public education in their countries.
7:40 pm – 8:10 pm Mexican Perspective on the History of Student rebellions
to preserve public education.
Moderator: Rosemary Lee
Guest Speaker. Alejandro Alvarez,
Professor, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The
Mexican student strike of 1968 and lessons for today's public education
8:10 pm – 8: 30 pm Open Discussion with all Present
8:30 pm – 9:15 pm Social Mixer.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
8:00 am – 8:45 am Registration and Conference Materials
Outside UTLA Auditorium, 2nd Floor
This a time for registration of all conference participants, collection
of $50 registration fee, lunch or dinner tickets if necessary,
distribution of translation equipment and distribution of conference
papers and reports.
8:45 am – 9:45 am The Oaxaca Rebellion and the Future of Public Education
in Canada, the United States and Mexico
In the first of May, 2006, teachers from Section 22 began their
campaign for improvements to public education. This campaign exploded
into a statewide political rebellion when, on June 14, 2006, 3,000
state police attacked the teachers' encampment in Oaxaca city. Three
days later, Section 22 organized the first Popular Assembly of the
Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO) with the principal demand that Governor Ulises
Ruiz Ortiz be removed from office. One author has called this on-going
rebellion, the first insurrection of the 21st century.
Julie Washington, Elementary Vice President, UTLA, will host and moderate panel discussion.
Mexico Eustolia Mateos Luna, Secretary General
D-1-211, Coalition of Indigenous Teachers, CMPIO,
U.S. Odilia Romero, Oaxaca Solidarity Front in Los Angeles
Solidarity Actions in the United States.
Canada Jinny Sims, Past President, British Columbia Teachers'
Federation. The importance of international solidarity and tri-national work to Canadian teachers and students.
9:45 am – 10:00 am Open Discussion/Questions and Answers
10:00 am – 10:20 am Special Guest: Rafael Antonio Feliciano Hernandez,
President, Federation of Puerto Rican Teachers, (FMPR).
Saturday, April 19, 2008
10:45 am – 12:15 pm Seven Workshops (8th floor workshop rooms)
Delegates are asked to chose one workshop and to stay in the same
workshop both befoe and after lunch. We hope that by staying in
the same workshop delegates will be able to develop both a common
analysis and a specific action plan that can be presented on Sunday
morning. All of these workshops will be tri-national in nature, have
consecutive translation and be facilitated by a Moderator.
1. Educating: Free Trade Agreements, Plan Mexico and the SPP
This workshop will focus on the relationship of NAFTA and similar trade
Agreements such as the FTAA to public education. In addition, it will discuss
recent proposals to enforce the effects of these agreements with increased
"security" and military cooperation among the three countries.
Moderator: Peter Baird, Associate Professor, Bilingual/Mulitcultural Education,
CSU, Sacramento, California
Presenters: Alejandro Alvarez, Professor, National Autonomous
University of Mexico. Electa Arenal, Professor Emerita, Ph.D. program
in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Women's Studies, CUNY
Graduate Center, NYC. Larry Kuehn, Research Director, British Columbia
Teachers Federation. Ian Robinson, Professor, University of Michigan.
2. Teaching: Alternative Education, Democratizing the Classroom and Fighting
A major effort of the Trinational and the IDEA network is to promote and
create alternative educational practices, maintain the idea of public
education as the infrastructure for a democratic society composed of engaged
citizens and fight racism within the classroom and school system. We
will also discuss indigenous education and on-line education.
Moderator: Gabriel Torres, Professor, Los Rios Community College,
Presenters: Michael Zlotnik, President, Charter for Public Education
Network, B.C. Steve Teixeira Director, Student Support Program, Cal
State, Los Angeles, speaking on the politics of remediation, as well as
Laura Kaplan, who works in the CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP).
Georgina Tecla, Professor at the National Polytechnic Institute and
member of the Coordinating Council at the Polytechnic.
3. Militarizing: The Wall, Immigration and the Security State in our Schools
This workshop will focus on the resistance to the on-going militarization
of our public schools. As the elimination of agricultural protections
to Mexican farmers is implemented under NAFTA thereby pushing millions
of more farmers off the their land, the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security is paying the Chicago-based Boeing corporation to build a
border wall and mobilizing its ICE police to increase its campaign that
terrorize immigrants in their homes, workplaces and public
Moderator: Domenic Bellissimo, Executive Assistant Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation.
Presenters: Arlene Inouye, Coalition Against the Military in
Schools, Los Angeles. Tony O'Brien, Professor of English (retired) at
Queens College, City
University of New York (CUNY) speaking on student resistance to military
recruitment on campus. Ruben Solis, Co-Founder, Southwest Workers Union, San Antonio, Texas.
4. Working: Part time Labor, Public Pensions and Academic Freedom.
This workshop has a post secondary orientation and will focus on the
working conditions of teachers in the face of pressures to create a
contingent workforce, eliminate publicly funding pensions and weaken
the infrastructure of academic freedom.
Moderators: Dileep Athaide, Secretary/Treasurer, FPSE and Nancy Romer,
Executive Board member, Professional Staff Congress, New York.
Presenters: Marcia Newfield, Vice President for Part-Time Faculty and PSC
Executive Committee. James Ryan, OECTA, ethical investments. Weldon
Cowan, Staff Representative, Federation of Post Secondary Educators,
B.C., Diane Charlebois, 2nd Vice President, CSQ. Sara Unda, UNAM
Professor and spokesperson for the Federation of College Professors at
UNAM (FECOPA) and Jorge Sandoval, UNAM Professor.
5. Privatizing: Standardized tests, Accountability and Charter Schools
This workshop will examine the drive to displace the judgment of public
schools teachers with corporate tests, accreditation schemes and
corporate accountability and to replace public schools themselves with
private charter schools, ala New Orleans.
Moderator: Jean Trudelle, 2nd Vice President, FNEEQ, Quebec.
Presenters: Paul Elliott, Vice President, OSSTF and Sandra Sahli,
Executive Officer, OSSTF, speaking to school based professional rather
than contracting out." Susan Di Raimo, former President of the
CUNY ESL Council and works with the Open Access Committee and FairTest
in Massachusetts.Irene Lanzinger, President, British Columbia Teachers
Federation. Cuauhtemoc Velasco, General Secretary, Delegation of
Researchers at the National Insitute Anthropology and History, D-II-IA,
Section X, National Union of Education Workers. He will address the
privatization of Culture.
6. Organizing: Organizing coalitions of parents, teachers, students and community
This workshop will discuss various examples of coalitions that have been built
within communities and across borders to defend public education.
Moderator: Rosemary Lee, Chair, UTLA Local Planning Committee
Presenters: Kathy Whittam, Parent organizer, Charter for Public
Education Network, British Columbia. Lois Weiner, Professor of
Education at New Jersey City University and editor of The Global
Assault on Teaching, Teachers and Trade Unions: Stories for Resistance.
Maria de la Luz Arriaga, UNAM Professor. She'll talk on the
construction of the Trinational and the Red SEPA from a Mexican
perspective. An APPO representative – facilitated by FIOB in Los
7. Resistance to Privatization: The Struggle of the Teachers Federation In Puerto Rico.
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm Break and Hot Lunch in Auditorium
This would also be another time when national sections can get together
and talk over their national participation in the work of the
conference. Special Guest Speaker: Maria Elena Durazo, Executive
Secretary, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm THE SAME SEVEN WORKSHOPS CONTINUE
3:45 am – 5:00 pm Plenary Session: Challenges and Organizing Opportunities
to Defend Public Education.
Mexico Mariluz Arriaga, UNAM Professor, International
Unionist and Founder of the Trinational Coalition.
Canada Cindy Oliver, President, Federation of Post Secondary
Educators, British Columbia
U.S. Michael Molina, Co-National Coordinator
Quality Public Schools as a Constitutional Right
Quebec Diane Charlebois, 2nd Vice President, Centrale des
Syndicats du Quebec (CSQ)
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Film and Discussion. Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad
(a little bit of so much truth). Open to the Public
When the people of Oaxaca decided they had enough of bad government,
they didn't take their story to the media, they took the media. The
film is 93 minutes. Filmmaker Jill Friedberg will join us for an
open discussion after the film.
Dinner is on your own. We'll have a list of possible restaurants. We
will also reserve a large number of spaces at one particular restaurant
if you would like to join
Sunday, April 20, 2008
9:30 am – 10:30 am Six Workshop Reports and Proposals for Action
UTLA Auditorium, 2nd Floor.
Each workshop moderator will have 10 minutes to summarize their discussion and present their proposals for action.
10:45 am – 12:30 pm Discussion of Action Proposals by Education Sector
8th Floor Workshop rooms.
We'll arrange these discussion groups by elementary teachers, secondary
teachers and university teachers, as well as by students and community
groups. The purpose of these discussions to see how the proposed
actions might fit into an on-going organizing efforts.
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Box Lunch in the Auditorium.
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Final Session: Open Discussion on Action Proposals
This is a time for both announcements of actions that have been agreed
to in the morning sessions, but also for proposals for tri-national
actions that could be taken in the future.
End of Conference
For delegates remaining in Los Angeles this evening there will be space
available to hold issue area meetings. On Monday, April 21st, the
UTLA offers an educational tour of Los Angeles schools and is open to