How We Work
Short Courses: PEP coordinates, co-leads, and participates in short educational sessions lasting from one to three days. These typically take place on site with a particular organization. The content of these types of programs will be designed together with the local group after studying and reviewing the themes the local group would like to focus on and gain a deeper understanding of.
- Intermediate Courses: For a more focused and intense program of study, PEP will organize retreat-style intermediate courses. These courses typically last five to ten days and bring together participants from more than one organization. In these spaces, PEP will work to create a holistic learning experience, drawing from our four pillars of ideological education: work, culture, study, and collective self-governance. These courses require that participants make a commitment to sleep and remain at the retreat for the entire duration of the course. The content of the intermediate courses is less issue-based and more theoretical, seeking to begin building a broad analysis and diagnosis of the issues we encounter.
Summer School of Resistance (SSR): To further the development of a study practice within organizations, PEP hosts a several-week summer school once a year. The objective of PEP’s Summer School of Resistance is to bring together militants, organizers, and leaders from many organizations, both nationally and internationally, to engage in a program of very intense and focused study and discussion. These courses are co- created by participants, who are seen as essential builders of the course, producing a rich space for theoretical study and debate grounded in real organizing and struggle. PEP’s holistic method of ideological training is further developed in SSR, also incorporating research projects, community visits, and guest professors to aid in the design of political education programs that participants can implement in their organizations. The Summer School of Resistance requires participants with a high level of commitment to working-class struggle and with a desire to engage in a process of lifelong political education.
- Debate and Conjunctural Analysis and Continued Study: PEP members will participate in, lead, and facilitate sessions of discussion and debate regarding the current social, political, and economic context of our struggle to further develop an understanding of political economy. These sessions will happen via webinars or conference calls at pre-set times, covering a range of topics relevant to working-class struggle.