The first of the Homeless Adjunct road trips is about to begin. Chris and I leave tomorrow from Philadelphia, heading for Pittsburgh. We will get there sometime Saturday evening. May 20, we will be meeting with people from the Occupy Pittsburgh movement — young education activists who have been working for justice in regard to student loan debt and affordability issues. We’re also meeting with some of the people in the Steelworkers Union, and the Duquesne adjunct unionizing effort. Some of the other cities on this trip will be Cleveland, Toledo, and Detroit. In each city, we’ll be meeting with people who are deeply involved in issues of higher education, talking with them, filming, getting to know their cities and their own regional concerns.
I’ve packed my iPhone, and will be giving a shot to using it to shoot some video footage, which we will put up on our youtube channel, our facebook page and other sites. I don’t know how sophisticated they will be at first, since I’m the type of person who blows up toaster ovens and blenders, and who may not be the best person to videoblog. Luckily, Chris will be videoblogging, too, on the 2255films.com blog. I’m not much for Twitter, but I think Chris will be tweeting, and we have some friends waiting out there in the world who will be retweeting for us.
Since this is the first stretch of our road trips, we aren’t exactly sure what will happen. But I’ve learned that the best thing to do is to work like the devil to get things lined up, and then just….show up and let the events flow.
Stay tuned, and we’ll try to keep everybody posted as the events unfold.
Of course, if any of you are IN the cities we mentioned, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know if you want to join in the activities. We are still firming up our dates of arrival in the various cities, depending on coordinating everybody’s availability.
Wish us luck.