Dear Friend,

Do you want an opportunity to support families, students, teachers and community allies cultivating education justice in New Orleans?

Through grassroots organizing, transformative workshops, and truly collaborative events, Community Education Project of New Orleans is embracing this difficult work.  

The public education system in New Orleans continues to be a place of limited hope for it's students and their families.  This year expulsion rates across the fractured district have balloonedstudents struggle to get their voices heard, and young inexperienced, and undertrained teachers continued to get preferential treatment in the hiring process.  Many families are so upset that they have begun withdrawing in droves.  The fight for education justice is a part of a larger movement for racial, cultural, and economic justice across our country whose dominant structures limit our capacities for love, joy, and meaningful lives.

New Orleans deserves better.  Among many other things, it deserves a public school system with a democratically elected board and community led schools.  In order to get there we need to demonstrate, to advocate for legislation, to engage in brave displays of collective action.  

The foundation of collective action that is informed and powerful, focused and strategic -- the action that we need to achieve justice in New Orleans -- is community-building education.  To this end, Community Education Project of New Orleans facilitates workshops and events that bring diverse communities together to share their experience in this system, collaboratively building a clear picture of our obstacles.  Events where communities get connected to allies across the country, strengthening each other's work in the process.  Workshops and events where stakeholders share visions and develop concrete strategies for change and where individuals practice communicating honestly across difference.  

Also, individuals who have come to New Orleans with the best of intentions need to engage in transformative experiences, where they learn from those they came to help, learn how to act in solidarity with their students' communities, and assemble as peers to call for justice in this system.  The New Teachers' Roundtable (an arm of Community Education Project and the legal name under which we currently operate) has formed a democratic teacher collective this year to continue strengthen and deepen this much needed work.

We call this work variously popular education, "cultural organizing", or relationship building.  Our method includes Theatre of the Oppressed, Story Circle Methodology, "traditional" theatre, and a radical truth seeking, truth speaking political focus that stimulates and facilitates critical and constructive dialogue.  

If you believe in this work, then please consider supporting Community Education Project of New Orleans and the New Teachers' Roundtable with a tax-deductible donation.  Thank you!

Much Love,

Ashana, Derek, Hannah, and Ruth