By Jose G. Moreno, RPMA Media Team
Day 4 and 5: Is “Another World Possible” within the U.S. Empire?
(Detroit, Michigan) Today, over 10,000 people gathered at the US Social Forum to develop problem-solving solutions to the major social and political problems in the US Empire. Day Four, there were numerous workshops and congregation that dedicated to the anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist, and anti-colonialist struggles and ideological frameworks of the people movements of the global. Today I will analyze the Mexican/Latino popular education in the US Empire.
Why there is a high educational drop rate for the Mexican/Latino population in the US Empire? Why are Mexicans/Latinos still struggling for educational attainment and access to a quality education? Why there is a political and ideological crisis in maintaining Chicana/o, Latina/o, and Ethnic Studies programs and departments in the US Empire? For over the 100 years Mexicans/Latinos have been struggling for educational access and against segregation in the US public school system. During the 1960s and 1970s Mexicans/Latinos were given more access to higher education due to the student movement of that historical era. The question is why is the Mexican/Latino population is still dealing with same educational problems and issues of the past. I think we need a radical changes to help Mexican/Latino K-12 and college students from hegemonic educational attacks and to teach a critical consciousness in our communities and the classrooms.
Grassroots community Chicana/o & Latina/o Studies educational programs would enhance the critical thinking and the political awareness of Mexicans/Latinos before they attend community college or a major university. These types of grassroots educational programs will help future attainment of the fields of Chicana/o, Latina/o, and Ethnic Studies in the US Empire. Building partnerships with grassroots and radical community organizations would help the development of this educational program. This is the only practical organizational methodology that can challenge the status quo and provide a political education to the Mexican/Latino working-class population of the las americas.
Is “Another World Possible” by creating grassroots community Chicana/o & Latina/o Studies educational programs as organizational tool to educate the Mexican/Latino working-class community? I believe you could use this approach as an organizational tool but it will not provide a total solution to our educational problems. To be honest with you the only way “Another World is Possible” is to destroy capitalism, colonialism and imperialism in the las americas. I think the USSF 2010 attempted to provide problem-solving solutions to fix the political and social problems in the US Empire.
However, this is only a platform. A lot of work has to be done to make “Another World Possible” a reality in our lifetime. I think a working-class and revolutionary political movement will make an “Another World Possible” in the las americas. After five days at USSF 2010, I hope people will take their ideas that they discussed and developed home to build a political and social movement for national liberation and self-determination for the Mexican/Latino working-class population in the belly of the beast.
See you three years, Good Night and Good Luck.
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