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***Upcoming Book Release Party at Tamarack, Oakland - Contributor readings plus live music from STREET EATERS and DOTS ! October 19, 6pm-9pm, all ages!*** 

What does it mean to be an openly radical teacher? 

Radical punks, cultural subversives, and revolutionaries have infiltrated classrooms worldwide - and we aren't going away. 

Teaching Resistance: Radicals, Revolutionaries, and Cultural Subversives in the Classroom is a collection of the voices of fierce, activist educators from around the world with a focus on those in and around DIY/punk subculture who engage inside and outside the classroom from pre-kindergarten to university. These educators emphasize radical teaching practice. Brutally honest and written in accessible language, this book cuts through the usual sanitized tone used in most teacher-penned anthologies, and provides dozens of uncensored reflections and specific examples of deeply critical pedagogy in action. More than just a book for teachers, Teaching Resistance is for anyone who wants to explore new ways to subvert educational systems and institutions, collectively transform (and re-imagine) educational spaces, and empower students and other teachers to fight for genuine change. Topics include community self-defense, Black Lives Matter and critical race theory, intersections between punk/DIY subculture and teaching, ESL, anarchist education, Palestinian resistance, trauma, working-class  education, prison teaching, the resurgence of (and resistance to) the Far Right, special education, antifascist pedagogies, and more.

Edited by social studies teacher, author, and punk musician John Mink, the book features expanded entries from the long-running monthly column in politically insurgent punk magazine Maximum Rocknroll, plus new works and extensive interviews with subversive educators, all of whom are unified against oppression and readily use their  classrooms to fight for human liberation, social justice, systemic  change, and true equality. Contributing teachers include Michelle Cruz Gonzales, Dwayne Dixon, Martín Sorrondeguy, Alice Bag, Miriam Klein Stahl, Ron Scapp, Kadijah Means, Mimi Nguyen, Murad Tamini, Yvette Felarca, Jessica Mills, Melissa Merin, Mike Frieberg, Frankie Mastrangelo, John Fleissner, Sarah Orton, Frederick Schulze, Christiana Cranberry, Lindsay McLeary, Kadijah Means, Natalie Avalos, E. Schmuse, Stephen Raser, Ash Tray, Ian McDeath, Roburt Knife, Jessalyn Aaland, Lena Tahmassian, Taylor McKenzie, Ruth Crossman, Scott Campbell, and Mike Corr.

WHY THIS CAMPAIGN?

As a book written by radical outsider educators fighting to upend the deeply-entrenched systems in (and outside of) which they work, institutional support from the mainstream academic world has never been part of the picture for Teaching Resistance. By preordering the book via this Kickstarter, you will help PM Press get this vital collection of diverse voices out in the world and print as many copies as possible! At different levels of support, rewards include digital and/or print copies of the book (the latter signed by editor John Mink), a special limited-edition print by famed teacher/artist Miriam Klein Stahl (who was also the cover artist for the book), and more incentives - including books by the contributing authors and vinyl records - described on the different levels of support for this project. 

Royalties from this book will be donated to Teachers 4 Social Justice: t4sj.org

THE REWARDS:

The risograph prints by Miriam Klein Stahl are finally released! We have only SIX of the Toni Morrison poster and EIGHT of the Combahee River Collective poster, and a few others by Miriam, so we are limiting that $40 combo level to 20 and you can email us your preference after the campaign.  Here they are:

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PRAISE:

Teaching Resistance brings us  the voices of activist educators who are fighting back inside and  outside of the classroom. The punk rock spirit of this collection of  concise, hard-hitting essays is bound to stir up trouble.”
                 —Mark Bray, historian, author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook and coeditor of Anarchist Education and the Modern School: A Francisco Ferrer Reader 

“Where was Teaching Resistance when I was in school? This  essay collection both makes a compelling case for why radical classrooms  are necessary and lays out how they can be put into practice. A perfect  guide for educators and anyone working with young people, this book  vitally also speaks to the student’s experience. Even for the  kid-adverse activists among us, Teaching Resistance reminds us  that kids can be our comrades if we meet them halfway. The younger  generations deserve more from us—this is the primer for how to start  providing it.”
                 —Shawna Potter, singer for War on Women, author of Making Spaces Safer

“Schools are implicated in the reproduction of inequality in society,  but they don’t have to be. When educators are intentional about their  desire to challenge inequality, when they are unafraid of disrupting the  status quo and challenging hierarchies, and when they actively seek to  empower their students, schools can be-come a force for equity and  justice. Teaching Resistance is written by educators who are  currently doing this kind of work and it will serve as a source of  inspiration to others. Teachers who are willing to use their power in  the classroom to encourage critical thinking and creativity can become  genuine allies of their students and the communities they serve, and  they can indeed make a difference.”
                 —Pedro A. Noguera, author of City Schools and the American Dream and The Trouble with Black Boys: . . . and Other Reflections on Race, Equity, and the Future of Public Education 

“In Teaching Resistance an extraordinary collective of  educators combines a sophisticated analysis with philosophical nuance  and original theorization of radical educational practices. This is a  great collection and one that we need to understand radical education at  the ground level—and to do so for a wide range of purposes.”
                 —Andrej Grubačić, coauthor of Wobblies and Zapatistas and Living at the Edges of Capitalism: Adventures in Exile and Mutual Aid 

“At a time when white supremacist fascism has (re)asserted its  ascendancy in the U.S., the putrid effluent perpetually oozing from its  gangrenous societal tissues having become a torrent threatening to drown  us all, resistance of the most concrete and effective sorts is  imperative. In this respect, a book like Teaching Resistance couldn’t be more urgently needed.”
                 —Ward Churchill, author of Wielding Words like Weapons: Selected Essays in Indigenism, 1995–2005

About the Editor:
         John Mink is a social studies teacher who works at the high school and adult school levels, and who refuses to hide his political radicalism from his students. He has been a contributing writer and editor for underground publications and  zines including Slingshot, Absolutely Zippo: A Fanzine’s Anthology, and Collapse Board. Editor of the Maximum Rocknroll monthly column Teaching Resistance and a vocalist/bassist for several internationally recognized punk bands, John lives in Berkeley,  California, with his partner Megan March, who is also his bandmate in the truewave/punk group Street Eaters.

Product Details:
                 Editor: John Mink
                 Publisher: PM Press
                 ISBN: 978-1-62963-709-9
                 Published: 10/2019
                 Format: Paperback
                 Size: 6x9
                 Page count: 416
                 Subjects: Education/Music

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges for this project are minimal. The production of the book is complete, our printer is professional and on time, and we have the resources to ship out all the rewards. One possible challenge is gathering all the shipping information from backers, which will inevitably delay some backers getting their rewards. Basically, we just hope to raise enough funds via pre-orders of the book and other rewards to offset the costs of printing the book. Thanks for your support!

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    Teaching Resistance Workshop / Teach-In

    John Mink will come to your center, space, group, institution, or University to discuss radical praxis and strategies for teaching resistance. Travel and accommodation not included and to be worked out with hosting group. Cost flexible depending on budget, distance, and time. Please get in touch to work out details.

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