Kocaeli, Turkey, February 2017

A group of Turkish academics who were recently fired from their positions at Kocaeli University by governmental decree No. 672 have established the Kocaeli Academy for Solidarity. All members of the group were signatories of the “Academics for Peace” petition, which they suspect is what got them fired. Despite losing their jobs, the academics are determined to continue their research and to teach their students. Every Wednesday they get together in the building of the local teacher’s union to discuss their situation, plan their future, give seminars and, perhaps most important of all, to keep the hopes and dreams of education without repression alive.