Southern Echo staff will hold a 3-day retreat to sharpen its vision, strategies and programs of work regarding public education in Mississippi in order to define the path of its community organizing work around education for the next two years.
Pushback Network's Mississippi partners, will send 20 community leaders to the 2009 National Pushback Network’s Convening in Las Vegas to share skills and tools about empowering grassroots communities and impacting public policy at local and state levels.
Southern Echo will participate in the Pushback Network Steering Committee meeting in NYC Dec. 2 to Dec. 4, 2008 where representatives from 8 states will analyze the voter registration and turnout work in the November election and strategies for building grassroots civic engagement in several regions in the nation.
State Legislature will spend three months wrangling over public policies and appropriations. Public education, health care and tax reform will be major battlegrounds.
Also 3rd convening of South X Southwest Experiment. Intergenerational delegations from SWOP in New Mexico, SWU in Texas, and Southern Echo and Catalyst Roundtable in Mississippi will share histories, analysis and strategic planning for 2009.