Social Justice Ed Conference compares Illegal Aliens from Mexico-Palestinians

This is a post I came across while researching the Social Justice curriculum and how wide spread Bill Ayers’s brainchild has gotten in close to 3 decades.
FMFP is the acronym for “Free Minds Free People,” a website which would fall under the “social justice” educational paradigm. FMFP traffics in the ideology immortalized by the infamous Reverend Jeremiah Wright.
Liberation Theology has it’s roots based in Catholicism, Latin American Catholicism to be more specific. Stressed are both the heightened awareness of the “sinful” socioeconomic structures that cause social inequities and the active participation in changing those structures. liberation theology is Marxist in nature, of course. it’s roots planted in Central America and had made significant inroads with the Catholic Church it sought to apply religious faith by aiding the poor and oppressed through involvement in political and civic affairs. It stressed both heightened awareness of the “sinful” socioeconomic structures that caused social inequities and active participation in changing those structures.
Liberation theologians believed that God speaks particularly through the poor and that the Bible can be understood only when seen from the perspective of the poor. They perceived that the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America was fundamentally different from the church in Europe—i.e., that the church in Latin America should be actively engaged in improving the lives of the poor. In order to build this church, they established communidades de base, (“base communities”), which were local Christian groups, composed of 10 to 30 members each, that both studied the Bible and attempted to meet their parishioners’ immediate needs for food, water, sewage disposal, and electricity. A great number of base communities, led mostly by laypersons, sprang into being throughout Latin America.
The birth of the liberation theology movement is usually dated to the second Latin American Bishops’ Conference, which was held in Medellín, Colom., in 1968. At this conference the attending bishops issued a document affirming the rights of the poor and asserting that industrialized nations enriched themselves at the expense of developing countries. 
Basically the West including America has stolen its wealth and that wealth needs to be redistributed back to the Third World.
Sound familiar?
The movement’s seminal text, Teología de la liberación (1971; A Theology of Liberation), was written by Gustavo Gutiérrez, a Peruvian priest and theologian. Other leaders of the movement included the Belgian-born Brazilian priest José Comblin, Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero of El Salvador, Brazilian theologian Leonardo Boff,Jesuit scholar Jon Sobrino, and Archbishop Helder Câmara of Brazil.
The liberation theology movement gained strength in Latin America during the 1970s. Because of their insistence that ministry should include involvement in the political struggle of the poor against wealthy elites, liberation theologians were often criticized—both formally, from within the Roman Catholic Church, and informally—as naive purveyors of Marxism and advocates of leftist social activism. 
By the 1990s the Vatican, under Pope John Paul II, had begun to curb the movement’s influence through the appointment of conservative prelates in Brazil and elsewhere in Latin America.
Black liberation theology contends that dominant cultures have corrupted Christianity, and the result is a mainstream faith-based empire that serves its own interests, not God’s. Black liberation theology asks whose side should God be on—the side of the oppressed or the side of the oppressors. If God values justice over victimization, then God desires that all oppressed people should be liberated. According to Cone, if God is not just, if God does not desire justice, then God needs to be done away with. one of the original advocates of the perspective.
James Cone Black Liberation Theologian 1st addressed this theology after Malcolm X’s proclamation in the 1950s against Christianity being taught as “a white man’s religion”. According to Black religion expert Jonathan Walton:
“James Cone believed that the New Testament revealed Jesus as one who identified with those suffering under oppression, the socially marginalized and the cultural outcasts. 
Cone’s suggestion as to what must occur if there is not reconciliation among the White community. He states, “Whether the American system is beyond redemption we will have to wait and see. But we can be certain that Black patience has run out, and unless White America responds positively to the theory and activity of Black Power, then a bloody, protracted civil war is inevitable.
Free Minds, Free People describes themselves like this:
conference convened by the Education for Liberation Network that brings together teachers, high school and college students, researchers, parents and community-based activists/educators 
A presenter of the conference I came across is Managing Editor of the radical Social Justice resource website “Rethinking Schools.” A Website that hails “CRT,” Critical Race Theory as what shoud be front and center in education. Rethinking Schools has a pay wall, but what they make available to those interested is disturbing enough. Here’s a taste of what your High Schooler could be learning.
Workshop Highlight: “Borders and Walls: From the U.S./Mexico Border to Palestine”
Posted on May 13, 2015 by Jr Arimboanga
Workshop Highlight:
“Borders and Walls: From the U.S./Mexico Border to Palestine”
Ziad Abbas, program manager at the Middle East Children’s Alliance & Jody Sokolower, managing editor at Rethinking Schools
How can we use stories to help students see that Palestine connects to their own lives? How can we weave it into current curriculum? In this interactive workshop, highlighting the voices of Palestinian youth, we model lessons and share student-friendly resources that explore connections between the US/Mexico border and Palestine, including: police violence, impact on children and youth, checkpoints, prisons, US/Israeli ties, environment (e.g.,water), and resistance.
Look forward to weekly posts highlighting workshops and keynotes from the conference! Only 9 weeks away, July 9-12th at Laney College! Registration is now open on our official website:
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Twitter: @FMFPConference
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Carlos David Aguilar

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