Critical Political Education Videos

As a student-driven organization, REC prioritizes supporting young people in the development of their ideals and world views. This new video project aims to create smart, concise media that can inform the work of activists and make progressive thinking accessible to the general public. We see this series as an opportunity to engage people, especially youth and students, in critical conversations that seek to envision solutions and practices that will materially transform oppressive economic and political structures.

To get a taste of the video project and an idea of our workshop at the Left Forum, check out this  two minute preview of the first episode!  

Directed and edited by Derek Kiernan and James Nabati Mazloomi, the first episode on climate justice signals the start of a larger effort to curate the voices of youth organizers, community activists, and movement thinkers.

Neoliberalism In Higher Education

This episode covers the changing administration of the university as it responds to competition and market forces in the face of the lack of funding from both state and federal government. With rising costs, escalating student debt, the softening walls between academic and private interests, and the growing contingency of academic work, political movements representing students and faculty must resist both the university and the state.


Climate Justice: The U.S. and the Problem of the State

As part of the Climate Convergence, REC helped host "The U.S. Left and the Problem of the State," a panel with Bhaskar Sunkara of Jacobin Magazine , journalist and author Christian Parenti, historian Frances Fox Piven, organizer Kali Akuno, and REC Executive Director Marcie Smith. The panel, which was held at 16 Beaver Street, discussed the role of the state in addressing the climate crisis.


Please contact to schedule film screenings and discussions at your school or community space.

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