a statement that needs not be finished, polished,
nor definite, finite — like us, and like education,
this is a living, breathing idea that ebbs and flows.
this is a working document for the 21st century.
artists and activists are workers
artists and activists are educators
we are all teachers and learners
we honor and demand: compensate labor!
abolish old hierarchies, for they are no longer valid
institutions don’t own knowledge, they only promote it
institutions do not exist without the worker
we hold the knowledge, they hold a framework
we own our labor
education and the rights of educators are not commodities
knowledge is not a resource to stockpile
the value of exchange is no longer valid if education is only sold
acknowledge education as a universal human right
lifelong learning is a human right
we are forever learning
failure is necessary.
fail often, then start over
use failure as a point of origin
we find comfort in not knowing so we can learn more
share knowledge, be vulnerable, always be curious
knowledge has an opportunity for interchange:
instead of knowers and not knowers, there are only learners
what kinds of skills do we bring?
we question authority, even when we agree with them
we call in those we do not agree with
sharing — acknowledging — understanding
we contemplate, then we contemplate some more
we interrogate, dig through layers, pull things apart
dismantle, deconstruct. construct (again.)
the breath of the creator always present
system obstacles aimed at hindering creative breath
we affirm each other and conjure
our creative and collective energy to support one another
who are we if we do not look to the land, our ancestors, our galaxy?
who are we if we cannot breathe fully in all our living and creating?
we must rest
we must party
we must dance, sing, and celebrate while we educate
we rest to create
we party to create
we rest to innovate we party to innovate to refresh ideas and to initiate
we rest to innovate
we party to innovate to refresh ideas and to initiate
we taste, experience, what we know
we are no better than others
we practice radical care and radical love
we believe in and fight for revolutionary love