This auto/ethnographic study narrates how members of the Association of Raza Educators (ARE), a grassroots teacher-led organization, came together in undertaking action-research within what eventually became a stalled campaign to defend South Los Angeles Elementary from corporate takeover. Most of the work within the campaign involved action-research, including what I term organic popular education. In this paper I analyze the ways in which action-research functions as public pedagogy, further arguing for studies conducted from the vantage point of people immersed in grassroots organizations.
Zavala, M. (2013). Organizing against the neo-liberal privatization in South Los Angeles: Reflections on the transformative potential of grassroots research. Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, 29(2), 57-71.