Launched in 2016, Education Anew Shifting Justice (EASJ) is a biennial convening that brings education justice and youth justice organizers & advocates together to dream, re-imagine, and strategize to make possible a world where young people can thrive.
EASJ2020 was originally planned for an in-person gathering in Jackson, Mississippi and surrounding areas, to amplify the power and possibilities in a region that is sacred ground for the collective struggle for civil & human rights in this country. In the wake of COVID-19, Communities for Just Schools Fund (CJSF) and Andrus Family Fund (AFF) postponed EASJ2020 with plans to reschedule the in-person convening to 2021. However, after much consideration for the health and safety of our beloved community and a desire to embrace radical adaptability in these uncertain times, CJSF and AFF will now plan to repurpose EASJ to a virtual convening series that will highlight originally planned themes (Mississippi-based organizing, abolition, arts & healing, culturally affirming & liberatory education, addressing racism and anti-blackness in education, gender justice, food apartheid) while also responding to the current COVID moment and beyond.
The EASJ Virtual Convening Series will continue to make accessible learning to both youth and adult grantee partner leaders by launching our first two tracks: Youth Learning Track and Mississippi Community Tours. EASJ will collaborate with CJSF/AFF partners to repurpose original EASJ workshop session ideas to be delivered in the virtual space The first track, Youth Learning, will continue to provide programming for youth leaders in the education and youth justice field while simultaneously filling the void left by youth organizations which have had to close their doors due to quarantine and by a lack of summer youth employment opportunities. This track will include workshops designed and led by youth for youth on relevant political education, skills and strategies needed to continue the positive and holistic development of young people in the education and youth justice movements. EASJ has prioritized this track first due to what we’ve heard from our partners about the lack of summer programming and employment opportunities accessible youth nationwide, which presents a significant threat to young people of color enduring COVID. EASJ is concerned about the developing trends we’ve seen across cities that prioritize criminalization over investment in youth of color. For example, the elimination of public dollars for summer youth employment and the growth of local policing budgets is an example of the void and gap EASJ and our grantee partners are fighting against.
EASJ will also launch a second track, the Mississippi Community Tour track, which will build knowledge and connections to community organizing, social justice and intersectional movements in Mississippi. EASJ will spotlight Mississippi-based youth and education justice organizing efforts and educate funders around the imperative to increase and sustain investments in these groups.
In the months ahead, EASJ will continue to offer virtual content on a quarterly basis and in collaboration with the EASJ advisory planning committee, made up by CJSF and AFF grantee partners. By adapting EASJ to a virtual convening series that continues to amplify our original convening themes – and now, a movement response to COVID – we stand ready to hold space, expand the reach and impact of our partners’ work, and bring together a global community aligned around the endless possibilities for shifting justice.
As we proceed, the Communities for Just SChools Fund continues to fundraise and engage sponsors for the Education Anew (virtual) convening and the larger Education Anew Fund. For more information on the Education Anew Fund and the CJSF theory of change, please visit www.CJSF.org/EdAnew. For more information on EASJ programming for the virtual convening may be found at EducationAnew.org.
Virtual Sponsorship Opportunities
Virtual Sponsorship Opportunities include sponsored sessions (including log-in, check-in and session background branding), space to thoughtfully contribute session registration and survey questions during registration, recognition among sponsor listings, games, and SWAG. Please see more on each opportunity below:
There is prime real estate available during live or on-demand sessions. Sponsors may be invited to contribute content or choose a session to be associated with. Your logo will be included on the screen, and the session facilitator will announce your organization’s sponsor name at the beginning and end. You may also have the option to play an ad or a short video at the start of the session.
Like “sessions” our Virtual Happy Hours, Wellness and Healing breaks, etc are excellent places for your support to be applied and acknowledged
Summer2020 Programming will be heavily youth oriented. Consider SWAG that gift that keeps giving and take advantage of the opportunity to send a gift that will inspire them and remind them that your organization is supporting their work.