Here’s an interesting piece from the latest Global Peace & Justice Auckland newsletter.
Friday Feb 15 to Sun Feb 17, Kotare near Wellsford
STORY TELLING FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE SUMMER SCHOOL co-hosted by Auckland WEA and Kotare Trust; Feb 15 – 17 at Kotare, near Wellsford. Ruth Greenaway will lead a number of sessions – Ruth is a specialist in story telling for social justice. Christine Herzog willl lead on the ethics of story telling Rod Prosser will share some “documentary as story” ideas….
Prosser is known for his leftist films covering the Maoist organisations like NZ’s Progressive Youth Movement and the Philippines New Peoples Army. He is also involved with the Maoist front organisation, the International League of Peoples Struggles.
“Story telling” in this context, is what most of us would call propaganda, or indoctrination.
It is the art of creating a narrative or “story” to influence people’s thinking to bring about some kind of desired change.
From the Change Agency
Story telling is increasingly recognised as a particularly powerful medium for making and strengthening our commitments to social justice; so this will be the focus of a summer school hosted by the Auckland Workers Educational Association and Kotare Trust.
The programme will depend both on what particular interests people have and what skills people bring, but the kinds of sessions we are thinking of relate to:
*How can we use stories to support social justice?
*Why are stories so important in social change and social justice?
*What forms and mediums create powerful social change stories?
From Freire theorist Jane Field
Paolo Freire promoted the benefits of dialogue, conceptualisation and storytelling when working with disadvantaged and marginalized people; developing theories of ‘critical consciousness’ and ‘popular education’; highlighting the power of language in shaping thoughts and actions.
Most interesting to me was this snippet;
John Darroch and others will offer a session on “controlling the stories” – “the Terror Raids”…
This obviously refers to the October 15th 2007 anti terror raids that netted the infamous “Urewera 17“.
John Darroch serves on Kotare’s youth advisory committee. He is a close associate of one of the “Urewera 17“, Omar Hamed, and is a leading light in the Save Happy Valley Coalition, with which several of those arrested were involved.
I believe Darroch is talking about what most of us would call “spin.”
Seventeen people were arrested, sixteen of them accused of participating in clandestine “quasi military” training camps.
This was hugely damaging to the radical left, as it exposed the dark, violent side of the Maori sovereignty, “peace” and environmental movements.
To mitigate the damage, the radicals have had to tell “stories“-what you or I would call “lie“.
They have to make the public believe these people were harmless-the police overreacted-the cops are racist-Tuhoe were victimised etc etc etc.
The radicals are trying to “spin” their way out of trouble.
They are trying to “control the stories.”
That this is being taught from a “school” run by a sitting Green Party MP, Sue Bradford is cause for major concern.