About

Who We Are

The Center for Political Education began when a group of established community activists, writers and teachers engaged in a series of dialogues to analyze the left movement and the future of movement-building in the U.S. and particularly the Bay Area. The need was clear: organizers did not have the space or the tools they needed to analyze current political, economic and social trends. This affected their ability to articulate and create strong, clear organizing and political strategies that would result in revolutionary change.

From these dialogues emerged a vision: to build and develop a center dedicated to building strong movements and the left through education, analysis, theory, dialogue, and activism. In 1998, the Center for Political Education was born.

Since then, the Center has conducted over 200 classes, educational forums, study groups, and dialogues.

CPE is a fiscally sponsored project of the Kendra Alexander Foundation and is supported by grants from KAF and individual supporters.

CPE Staff

Co-Directors: Isaac Ontiveros and Rachel Herzing

Isaac comes to the CPE with experience that spans media and communications, publishing, anti-violence, labor, and anti-prison industrial complex organizing and advocacy. He also facilitated CPE’s recent assessment process. Rachel was a CPE collective member from 2002-2007 and brings experience working in movements against the prison industrial complex, the anti-violence movement, and for youth development. We know many of you and look forward to forging even stronger relationships. For those of you we have not yet met, we are excited to learn more about your work and priorities.

What We Do

The Center for Political Education is a resource for political organizations on the left, progressive social movements, the working class and people of color.

The CPE’s political approach is non-sectarian, democratic, and committed to a critical analysis of local, regional and global politics. We believe that the current political conditions call for organizing and movement building, and that theory and ideas are important tools for movement building.

We are committed to providing a left space and perspective for organizers and activists. We often co-sponsor events relating to left theory and strategy with other organizations.

Points of Unity

The Center for Political Education is dedicated to helping build the movement and expand and unite the left through education, analysis, dialogue and action. Our political approach is non-sectarian, democratic, and committed to a critical analysis of local, regional and global politics.

We are a resource for political organizations on the left, progressive movements, the working class and people of color. We believe that the current political conditions call for organizing and movement building, and that theory and ideas are important tools for movement building. We are committed to providing a left space and perspective.

Our collective thought is diverse and comes from a variety of political schools. We look to various revolutionary thinkers and organizers, including Marx, for inspiration and critical review.

The Center for Political Education is internationalist, anti-capitalist, and anti-imperialist. We believe in international solidarity and use our educational forums as one way to build support for liberation, labor, racial justice, environmental and political struggles throughout the world. We view the struggles for gender equality and against racism, sexism, homophobia, and heterosexism as integral to all forms of political struggle.

The Center for Political Education is a collective whose members are active in day-to-day struggles in the Bay Area and bring their perspective to the vision of the Center for Political Education.

 

Building powerful movements from below and the left through education, analysis, theory, and dialogue