Highlander workshops on popular education, cultural organizing and building a multilingual movement were big hits at the Task Force Academy for Leadership and Action, a special track within 21st National Gay and Lesbian Task Force annual conference, Creating Change, held January 28-Feb 1 in Denver.
Paper quilt created by participants in a Highlander workshop on popular education at Creating Change.
The Academy was created by NGLTF to partner strategically with people and organizations best known for their training and leadership development to help build the capacity, skills and sustainability of lesbigaytrans and allied activists.
Director Pam McMichael and Education Staff Roberto Tijerina conducted a workshop on popular education entitled, “From Stories to Action: What in the World is Popular Education”. Tijerina then conducted a workshop “¿Qué Dijeron/What Did They Say?” Creating Multilingual Spaces, and McMichael conducted a workshop entitled “Show WhatYou Know: Cultural Work as an Organizing Tool.”
While Highlander staff were in Denver, friends of Highlander in the area hosted a coffee and desserts fundraising house party in the community. Special thanks to hosts Bruce and Betsy Boyens, Karen and Joe Mulloy, and Carmen and Ray Ramirez, and to all who came. It was great to connect with long time Highlander friends and make new ones.