Our Lead Educator Cameron has posted a part of his gender-identity story online, and we wanted to make sure to share it here, too. We hope it helps folks who may be struggling to understand where they fit in the myriad spectra we all inhabit.
Be Well, Fam ❤
Good Morning Fam!
Just a quick post this morning to let y’all know about a video series produced by our lead educator, Cameron Grant, on his @kiltedactivist platform and channel on YouTube. He’s made an ongoing series of videos that cover some major topics around racism, intersectionality, power, and oppression. A lot more are expected soon, but for now you can watch a short preview below, then check out his latest work at the link that follows.
Hey Fam – I hope everyone has had a wonderful beginning to the school year! IT can be a hectic time (for teachers as much as students), but that’s not all we’ve got on our plates these days, especially as we head into a hefty political season. So, it’s time to start breaking down some of the language that comes with election season (and lots of other seasons, too!)
To that end, our Lead Educator Cameron has begun a new series on his YouTube Channel that seeks to do just that, starting with the word “diversity.” Take a look!
Hey Collage Fam,
I hope everyone’s summer was absolutely wonderful, and full of bright and beautiful experiences to carry with you as we move into a new school year!
Before I dig into what Collage will look like this year, I want to take a moment to discuss a matter that may have led you to this site (rather than our coursework!) Specifically, I need to address what has been going on in the neighborhood of Stapleton, in the city of Denver, Colorado. If you are not aware, that community has been in a multi-year fight around changing the name, given its affiliation with a well-known historic Klan leader here in the Denver area. During this fight, racist and biogted individuals – including numerous members of the Stapleton leadership – amped up their hate speech, using private and semi-private community groups as meeting places to discuss and promote their hate. Clearly, a large swath of the community was in agreement with their bigoted views, because the community yesterday (Monday, August 19th, 2019) voted 2:1 to retain their association with Klansman Stapleton.
One of our founders, Cameron Grant, has spent the last many weeks fighting back against that racist push. The result has been multifold, including community members purchasing his information, and numerous threats against his family. Ultimately scared bigots in that community managed to have his Facebook account permanently disabled, while they continue to operate their hate groups. As a result, they have in effect disabled the Collage Facebook Page as well.
Collage stands in full solidarity with our members, our parents, and our anti-racist communities.
Despite the uptick in hate in the Denver area, we are determined to push forward! We have been invited to build and deliver curricula for two Denver metro schools this year! We are so delighted for this incredible opportunity. Keep an eye out for more details, coming soon!
As always, we love you, and thank you for your care and support.
In Solidarity Always,
Cameron and Maníge Grant-Giles
UPDATE: Today marks the third day of the Denver Teacher’s Strike, as the DCTA and Denver Pubic Schools work to reach a contract agreement that provides teachers with meaningful compensation for the countless hours they dedicate to our communities. As educators ourselves, Collage Colorado stands with our teachers. We will keep families updated regarding alternate locations for classes this Friday, should the need arise. In the meantime, please show your support to our teachers by emailing Superintendent Susana Cordova, and tell her how important Denver’s educators are to you!
To the DCTA and teachers across the city and beyond: we see you, we hear you, we are with you!
Collage Colorado supports the DCTA/Denver Teachers’ Strike! As readers may know, negotiations between Denver teachers and the district regarding fair and adequate wages have reached an impasse. On Friday, January 25th, after 93% of DCTA members voted to authorize a strike, DPS Superintendent Susana Cordova petitioned the State of Colorado to block a strike for up to six months! This move would render a strike meaningless. Denver teachers responded by officially requesting that the State not step in, but we’re awaiting the decision.
We are… dedicated to an unshakeable belief that… financial burden should never be a barrier to quality education.
Although Collage is a private entity, and despite the fact that our classes are presently hosted at a DPS school, we stand with teachers. From our mission, “We are… dedicated to an unshakeable belief that… financial burden should never be a barrier to quality education.” That conviction goes in both directions; money should not be a factor for students or teachers! Teaching is a science and an art, and in the world today more (perhaps) than ever before, a quality education is a basic necessity for life. With it, anyone’s odds of livable pay, adequate health care, and a quality end of life go up tremendously. All that said, we may have to modify some plans depending on if the strike happens, as Collage will not cross picket lines.
We are encouraging all of our supporters to email DPS Superintendent Susana Cordova and tell her that you support Denver teachers, and believe they deserve a fair and living wage for their work.