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"Schools Not Stadiums"/Dave Zirin speaks


Dear Portland Area Rethinking Schools friends,

First, thanks for helping to make last Saturday's Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conference such a success. Over 750 people packed into Madison High School for an inspiring day of sharing ideas and resources.

Coming up next: On Sunday afternoon October 17th, Portland Area Rethinking Schools and the International Socialist Organization are sponsoring a panel conversation, featuring the best sports writer in the United States, Dave Zirin. Also speaking will be Portland teacher, librarian, and Rethinking Schools writer, Sandra Childs; and professor and former pro soccer player, Jules Boykoff. Details below.

Bill Bigelow
for the Portland Area Rethinking Schools steering committee

Sunday, October 17th at 3pm. Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union Multicultural Center (Room 228)
Free Parking (in structure across the street from the Smith Building). Childcare available upon request. Contact pdxiso@gmail.com for more information.


DAVE ZIRIN writes about the politics of sports for The NationSLAM magazine, the Progressive, the Los Angeles Times and edgeofsports.com. His books include A People's History of Sports in the United States and Bad Sports: How Owners are Ruining the Games We Love

JULES BOYKOFF is a former professional soccer player and currently an associate professor of political science at Pacific University in Oregon. He is the author of Beyond Bullets: The Suppression of Dissent in the United States.

SANDRA CHILDS is in her 20th year of teaching and is currently a teacher-library media specialist at Jackson Middle School in Portland. Several of her articles have appeared in Rethinking Schools magazine, and she co-edited the teaching guide for Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11.

While public schools are in a world of pain with budgets slashed to the bone, politicians act like these are problems beyond their control. In truth, they are the result of an attack on public education that has seen the system starved. One way this has been implemented is through stadium construction. Over the last generation, we've seen $30 billion in public funds spent on stadiums. Yet there is not one example of a sports franchise lifting or even stabilizing a local economy. These projects achieve so little because the jobs created are low wage, service sector, seasonal employment. Join the International Socialist Organization, Portland Area Rethinking Schools, and radical sportswriter Dave Zirin for a panel discussion aimed at challenging backwards government spending priorities, and offering some ideas for what we can do about it.

Sponsored by: Portland Area Rethinking Schools and the International Socialist Organization

Download the flyer for this event here: http://portlandsocialists.org/flyers/schoolsnotstadiums.pdf

RSVP on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=152171098150877

Portland Area Rethinking Schools has a 30+ year history of working to support public education and progressive reform in the schools. We are teachers, parents, students, community activists and teacher educators who believe excellent and equitable public schools are essential for all students to reach their potential and for the creation of a just and democratic society.