MV Freedom School: Lead Catastrophe Cont’d, Oppression & Resistance

by MV Freedom School

We will continue our discussion from our previous class on the lead catastrophe in Utica and what we can do about it.

During our last class, MVCC student and Freedom School educator Lana Nitti taught a class which gave a deeper look into the lead catastrophe in our community, who it impacts and why.

We will continue to examine this important issue through a social, economic and scientific lens to ensure that we have the necessary knowledge to make positive changes in our community. We will also discuss what actions and organizing can happen in order to address this catastrophe.

Since systems of oppression evolve over time and have remained integral to the smooth operation of this nation, we will also have a discussion on slavery led by high school student Diamond Hunt.

We will look at the connections between forms of oppression, such as slavery throughout history, and the modern plight of poor and working class people as they are affected by lead poisoning.

As always, we will ask what ordinary people can do, and what people have done, to end catastrophes.


The Mohawk Valley Freedom School is a school dedicated to social justice and social change. It is run by and for the community and is rooted in popular education.

The Mohawk Valley Freedom School is held every Wednesday at the Cornerstone Community Church at 500 Plant Street in Utica. Classes are from 7:00-8:30pm with a free dinner at 6:30pm. Please contact 732-2382 or

This class is free and open to the public and to people of all ages and backgrounds.

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