From the Organizers:
To imagine better futures, we look to history as a teacher. This teach-in is hosted by volunteers in the Tech Workers Coalition (TWC) newsletter crew to facilitate intergenerational oral history, relationship building, and strategizing among fellow workers. Over the past year we’ve assembled a community of elders who were active decades ago in groups like the IBM Black Workers Alliance, Computer People for Peace, Polaroid workers against apartheid, The Lucas Plan, and workers organizing at National Semiconductor, and on October 19-21, 2022, we’re hosting our first teach-in to invite these workers into a community with younger organizers to learn from and support one another. We’re doing this because workers in tech are and have always been historical actors, but learning from history in a fast-paced industry can be challenging – even the past few years can feel inaccessible. This event is for workers to share personal stories, organizing strategies, and support across generations while connecting past and present worker-led movements. By situating worker perspectives and collective actions in history, we’ll all be better equipped to face the demands of workplaces today and organize for the future.
This fund is to help people join the teach-in. The event is free, but we realize people have financial need related to taking time to attend a 3-day event. As of Oct. 16, our accessibility fund has ~$7,000 out of a $15,000 goal. If you need funds to attend, fill in the form to register for the teach-in. If you have the means to help make this event accessible to fellow workers, please consider a suggested donation of $50–$250 to our Open Collective.
Want to see our lineup of sessions and presenters? View the teach-in program.
Wednesday, October 19
8am - 1:50 pm PT
Thursday, October 20
7 am - 3:30 pm PT
Friday, October 21
7:30 am - 12:30 pm PT
This event is organized not by EFF, but by Tech Workers Coalition San Diego—a grassroots group participating in the Electronic Frontier Alliance. The EFA is a network of grassroots organizations across the country committed to promoting digital rights. Together, we're building a movement to promote freedom of expression, privacy, security, creativity, and access to knowledge.