The first and indispensable step in the uniting the most exploited, excluded and oppressed is the identification, education, and uniting of its newly emerging leaders, teachers, and organizers. The University of the Poor is currently focused on three main areas of study: history, political economy and the mental terrain, or ideology.
The University of the Poor seeks to put key groups and leaders in relationship to one another to facilitate deep and rigorous study and research, develop materials for learning and teaching and serve as a central depository for resources and analysis.
We aim to produce curriculum in order to develop a cadre of leaders with a common analytical framework, who see themselves as leaders not just of particular struggles, communities, or sectors but also of our class as a whole.
We aim to apply those analytical tools to research and in-depth study of the problems we face. This work cannot be disconnected from the everyday struggle and organizing of the poor, but instead must support and be fueled by that work.
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