I am so thankful to have attended the Liberation Economics training with United for a Fair Economy!! They successfully facilitated conversations about race and history, and the implications of each on our existing economic conditions both nationally and internationally. They demonstrated an effective use of language justice practice, which allowed a group of mixed language speakers to share, learn and teach with each other without the barrier of language to prevent valuable connections. They also modeled the use of popular education and helped participants to understand the benefits of such practice.
I was able to implement some of the learning that I received at the training immediately in my work, and continue to build on the resources that I was given by the UFE team.
This year our organization began working this UFE, and they have truly been a breath of fresh air, with their commitment to providing real popular education for individuals in our movement. They combine vision and analysis with a strong orientation towards people that is empowering and energizing. We were most pleased to collaborate in training program for grassroots leaders and members alike, and I feel confident more confident in our coalition's ability to connect with the broader public and change hearts and minds as we move forward because UFE is helping our organizing become more effective at actually affecting the cultural shifts we need for long-term change. We are eager to take our next steps with UFE!
UFE has been crucial partner for our organization. For years we have used UFE' materials, invite staff to facilitate popular education workshops and have had multiple collaborations.
Many organizers and leaders in our organization had benefit from UFE's expertise and work.
Personally, I think that the expertise of today's UFE's director in Popular Education methodologies and her commitment to bring that expertise to low income people have made a big impact in communities of color around Boston and the country.
My name is Susan Williams and I have known of and supported United for a Fair Economy for many years, and are very glad that they are still around. They have resolutely focused on the shocking wealth gap in this country and worked to help people understand and connect their work and organizing to these problems. This topic is now public debate and UFE continues to encourage grassroots organizing to connect with this debate and push to change the situation. This is critical for our country and the world. They have been a tremendous resource and inspiration for me for many years, and I have used and shared their educational workshops and reports with many other people and groups working on a broad cross section of issues.
UFE has been ahead of the curve. It began exposing the alarming trend in growing economic inequality in the early 1990's, using popular education that armed ordinary working people with the facts, the analysis - and the rage! Now that issue is on center stage; even the Republican candidates have to give it a nod. The original mission of UFE has been achieved. Now, it is working with lower income worker organizations and immigrant groups - important and growing populations - to understand why inequality has grown and to use methodologies for critical thinking to develop organizing strategize to reverse the trend. It's an appropriate focus for UFE, which is now just one part of a growing movement that they can say they kick-started!
I am indebted to UFE's popular education work. I use their resources in my college classrooms, adult education classes and grassroots political education workshops. Their materials are accessible, relevant and are designed to support community organizing! What a terrific resource.
In this day and age, it is difficult to arrive at and sustain a thorough structural critique of wealth manufacturing in this society. Places like UFE are critical in the ongoing effort to maintain and expand this critical social critique and movement building resource.