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NYC Take Back Our Education
Description: The election of Betsy DeVos as Sec. Ed serves as a symptom and as evidence of a worsening educational climate for students: the proposals of bills in which publicly funded schools are becoming highly privatized, culturally relevant curriculum and ethnic studies are being attacked, and a continuing policing and militarization of the schools. In this workshop, we will develop a strong analysis of the worsening education crisis of the U.S. with a specific focus on the Filipino youth and student community and more importantly, how we can address this crisis and fight to #TakeBackOurEducation!
Michael Manacop (he, him, his) is a kasama/comrade of AnakBayan NY (ABNY), and is part of ABNY's Organizational Development committee. He is Filipino and identifies as queer. He was born and raised in Northern California, and moved to NYC to pursue his master's degree in social work at NYU. He studied Business Administration for his bachelor's degree at San Diego State University. He is passionate about mental health within the LGBTQ population, and more specifically with the intersecting experiences of people living with HIV/AIDS and also people who come from immigrant families. Through his involvement with ABNY, he has also become passionate about revolutionary grassroots organizing and anti-imperialist work.
Amanda Kat (she/they) is the Deputy Education Officer of Anakbayan-NY. She is a queer filipinx activist, artist, and academic. Currently studying International Relations, Asian Studies, Women's Studies, and English, she aspires to become a civil rights lawyer by day and a Lorena-esque militant by night. She's passionate about fighting for education justice for underserved youth, gender and racial decolonization, and true liberation of the oppressed. Outside of organizing, Amanda writes and publishes poetry, dabbles in visual art, and plays the harp. One day she hopes to create a network of decolonizing resources for the Filipino-American diaspora on the east coast.