The Teaching Rebellion Tour touched down in Minneapolis on October 31st and has been running non-stop ever since. West Coast veteran Melissa Mundt has returned to Arizona for a well-deserved rest, and I (Rachel Wallis) have taken over facilitation and coordination for the remainder of the MidWest tour dates. Check out below for a recap of the last couple of days!
In Minneapolis the tour met with activists and community members at the Resource Center of the Americas, May Day Books, and the University of Minnesota Law School, where international fellows from Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America were able to share their own experiences in their home countries with Gustavo.
We also had the privelege of attending an event in memory of Marcela Sali Grace Eiler, an activist brutally murdered in Oaxaca this year, and share with her friends a little more about the context of her work in Oaxaca. Her friends have collected these photos and memories in a online memorial, if you’d like to know more about her life and work.
In Milwaukee we stopped off at Broad Vocabulary Bookstore, where an energized crowd of teachers, activists, and community radio organizers engaged in a spirited discussion about organizing in the US and Latin America.
After fixing a flat tire, we were off again, this time to Madison, where we met up with friend and filmmaker Simon Sedillo of El Enemigo Comun. In Madison we met with Chicano activists from MEChA, had an interview with Simon on the local community radio station WORT.
Our hosts from Community Action on Latin America managed to organize a fantastic event, even though it was election night! We were joined by Simon and Kathy and Hardy Will, Brad Will’s parents. With such an all star cast, we had a fascinating discussion about the movement in Oaxaca, the ongoing impunity in Brad’s case, and the links between US economic and military intervention in Latin America. And then of course we went out to celebrate the new president-elect!