Since our founding in July 2020, ATN has been freedom dreaming, planning, and springing into action. So far we've invested $60,000 in grant funds to individuals and communities, expanded our team to help us materialize our goals, organized engaging and informative panels, and have been actively building towards an abolitionist teaching future.
In summer of 2021, ATN gathered radical and imaginative minds around issues impacting schools and communities nationwide. This gathering was a space for building towards an abolitionist teaching future through dreaming, planning, action, and self-care. A space for sharpening our understanding of abolitionist teaching in order to build and lead collective movements for educational freedom. A space where our supporters will strategize alongside ATN towards a future where Black and Brown children are free and assist us in our mission to develop and support those in the struggle for educational freedom.
July 8th, our kickoff featured keynotes from Wayne Au, Derecka Purnell, and Mariame Kaba. July 9th-10th, participants then had the opportunity to attend various sessions featuring workshops with scholars, activists, and abolitionists in many forms. These workshops addressed diverse issues in education including the school-prison nexus, teacher activism, parental agency, queer liberation, early childhood, and more. All participants had an opportunity to freedom dream in working sessions facilitated by ATN staff and trained volunteers, attend engaging activities and joined ATN in the celebration of our anniversary.