Peace & Freedom Party’s co-sponsored Suds, Snacks & Socialism monthly forum series continues in online form via Zoom meeting on Saturday, January 8, to discuss Education as Political Football.

Political polarization in the United States is playing out in public school governance, policies, and curricula, as well as in political rhetoric around public education. From vaccine and mask mandates to ethnic studies, race and class battle lines abound.

Join the speakers at this forum, who will talk about the impending San Francisco School Board recall election, the recent Virginia gubernatorial election and other topics to illustrate how public education is serving as a staging area for system-wide conflict.

  • Scott McLemee, Intellectual Affairs columnist for Inside Higher Ed.
  • Jack Gerson, retired Oakland public school teacher and former Oakland Education Association executive board and bargaining team member.
  • Nathalie Hrizi, bilingual librarian/teacher with SFUSD for 15 years and UESF Executive Board member for three years, currently VP for Substitutes, and Peace & Freedom Party candidate for Insurance Commissioner.

The program will start promptly at 2:30pm PT and is expected to wrap up by 4:30pm. To join the forum, click here or write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for login instructions.

This forum is co-sponsored by the Oakland Greens, the Alameda County Peace and Freedom Party and Bay Area System Change Not Climate Change. The forum is part of our ongoing Socialist Forum Series on the first Saturday of every month. Our purpose is informed political discussion, and the views expressed are those of the speakers only, not official positions of the Peace and Freedom Party or our fellow co-sponsors.