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No. 60 February 2009   

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
1.  EDITORIAL
2.  NEW RESOURCE
3.  ONLINE, DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES
4.  IN MINNESOTA:
AN INTRODUCTORY POPULAR EDUCATION LIBRARY IN A BOX
5.  WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
6.
  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES
7. QUOTE OF THE MONTH


1.  EDITORIAL
I am resuming publication of this newsletter after a several-month-long break.  There are three reasons for the unplanned break:  first, it has been a difficult time personally with the death of my former spouse and with the many tasks helping our sons plan a memorial and take care of her estate   Second, I had not received or heard of any new materials within the scope of this publication in the second half of last year - surprising, but true.  Finally, I have been working on a re-design of the look of the newsletter and the www.popednews.org web site where six years of back issues are archived.  As I resume, I am thinking that the newsletter will become an occasional newsletter rather than a monthly one.  Also I wish to focus more on it becoming a communication tool for local organizers and activist educators in and around the Twin Cities.  I will continue to send it to the many subscribers from around the world - and as always, will remove your address from the subscription lists if you ask.
            As our new president takes office, hope is on the lips of many.  It is a time when steps toward a different, saner, and more peaceful world are possible.  There is much for our movements against oppression and violence, and for democracy, sustainability, social justice, and peace to be doing.  The title many of the workshops and presentations that I do, "Another Kind of Movement Education Is Possible: Popular Education" captures the essence of my hope for this newsletter.  We can improve the educational work in our movements.  Please help by sharing information about resources for the work.   ...Larry Olds, Publisher and Editor

2. NEW RESOURCE
cover of book
Undoing Silence: Six Tools for Social Change Writing
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by Louise Dunlap, New Village Press, 2008, p.240. http://www.newvillagepress.net/books/undoing-silence-social-change-writing.php

A book for citizen activists, scholars and professionals who want to use writing for social change. Empowering tools include freewriting and audience analysis along with ways to organize ideas and the writing process itself. A favorite tool is a process for feedback that does not activate self-censorship.

Drawn from many traditions and piloted in classes and workshops over forty years, these tools build self-confidence and skill in writing for real-world audiences. They are grounded in inspiring stories of people at all levels of education undoing their reluctance to write and producing letters, memos, op-ed articles, and proposals with the power to shift attitudes, change policies, and restore sanity to a world gone mad.

“If fish had hands, Louise Dunlap could teach them to write! After attending her workshops and classes, hundreds of labor and community activists have used Dunlap’s tested techniques to write clearly and passionately for social and economic justice. With the publication of Undoing The Silence, Dunlap’s tools are available to all those who struggle to write and to those who teach them."

…Susan Moir, Director, Labor Resource Center, University of Massachusetts Boston

3. ONLINE, DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES (A New Regular Feature of this Newsletter)
(Please send information about other links. -- the editor)
Collectivo Flatlander resources http://www.colectivoflatlander.org/Site/Resources.html
Partnership for Immigrant Leadership and Action (PILA) tools: From Personal to Political - Timeline Exercises,
                  Building Relationships, and New Citizens Vote! Curriculum at http://www.pilaweb.org/content/view/25/58/
Southerners On New Ground (SONG) LGBT&Q resources: http://www.southernersonnewground.org/?cat=11
The School for Unity and Liberation (SOUL) training manuals and a variety of specific training
                  activities at http://www.youthec.org/soul/soul_sec/resources/re-free_training.html.
The Change Agency in Australia one of the best sources for  popular education materials and links to
                  good stuff:  http://www.thechangeagency.org
Books by Michael Newman - free access: (http://www.michaelnewman.info/)
Just Associates: “ short publications from our work that deal with popular education in different ways.” :
                  Forging A Global Movement: New Education Strategies for the United States and the World,
                  Making Change Happen: Power, and Making Change Happen: Citizen Engagement and Global Economic Power
                  http://www.justassociates.org
Training for Change - "Tools":  http://trainingforchange.org/content/section/4/39/
Great materials on health related subjects with a popular education point of view from Luis Kong
                  in Santa Rosa CA:: http://www.hesperian.org/”
Wonderful photos that can be used for popular education “codes” to help people share experience and find their voice
                  in educational activities.  from Dorothy Wigmore in Winnipeg : www.earldotter.com
HIV/AIDS stigma popular education manual http://www.changeproject.org/technical/hivaids/stigma.html
The Ruckus Society resources http://www.ruckus.org/article.php?list=type&type=9
Trapese Popular Education Collective resources http://www.trapese.org/
Poped Toolkit various links http://poped.org//links/poped.html
Partners Training for Transformation http://www.trainingfortransformation.ie/


4. IN MINNESOTA


AN INTRODUCTORY POPULAR EDUCATION LIBRARY IN A BOX

This newsletter and the Popular Education Fund have organized a project  here in Minnesota to put into a box a Basic Introductory Popular Education Library for Organizers, Activists, and Community-based Educators, and to give those boxes to to progressive organizations that request them and meet the general criteria below.   We are working with the Headwaters Foundation for Social Justice both to identify recipient  organizations for the boxes and to create opportunities for  training using the materials in the boxes.  There will be approximately 16 items in the boxes with some additional ones in Spanish if the recipient organization can make use of them.  Ten boxes are being prepared for the first round of the project.  Recipient organizations must agree to participate in two training sessions on the materials. 
    The library includes materials dealing with the following issues:   General popular education ideas and methods, the environment, labor and union organizing, the media, immigrant and refugee rights, community organizing, anti-racism and culture, gender and women, globalization and the economy, popular theater, and popular education pedagogy/theory.  We have not yet made the final determination about which materials to put in the boxes.  Any of you readers could help by reviewing the tentative list below and making suggestions.

5. WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER

February 28, 2009 3rd Annual A.R.E. Education Conference: Rethinking Social Justice in Education: Ser Pueblo, Hacer Pueblo, y Estar Con el Pueblo, Santee Education Complex, 1921 S. Maple Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90011  www.razaeducators.org

March 12, 2009 BUILDING LEADERSHIP FOR CHANGE: Connecting Services to Social Movements,  Oakland, California www.pilaweb.org

March 6-7, 2009 WE LEARN 6th Annual Gathering & (Net)Working Conference onWOmen & Literacy: Stronger Leadership & Literacy: Empowering Women to Action (Liderazgo y Educación Más Fuertes: Dándole poder a las Mujeres para que tomen Acción!) Univ. of Rhode Island, Providence Campus,Providence, RI
http://www.litwomen.org/conference.html

April 21-24, 2009 International Conference: Performing Arts Training Today, Bovec, Slovenia http://www.iugte.com/projects/PerformingArts.php

April 22, 2008 Undoing Silences: Writing for Social Change Workshop with Louise Dunlap, The Loft, Minneapolis, Also at Humphrey Institute TBA. www.undoingsilence.org

April 24-26, 2009 Reworking the University: Visions, Strategies, Demands, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, http://rethinkingtheu.wordpress.com  also see http://www.emancipating-education-for-all.org/

May 21-24, 2009 15th Annual International PTO Conference:  Mad as Hell? Now Move (or Draw, or Act...): Organizing for Social Justice, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, (Pre-Conference Workshops May 18-21, 2009, Post-Conference Workshop May 24-25, 2009) http://www.ptoweb.org/conference.html

August 26-29, 2009 Educating the people, the history of popular education Utrecht University, The Netherlands, http://edugate.fss.uu.nl/ISCHE2009/

6.  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES (*those with online bookstores)
*Catalyst Centre ( www.catalystcentre.ca/index.htm )
*Highlander Center (www.highlandercenter.org )
*Growing Communities for Peace ( www.humanrightsandpeacestore.org )
*IPEA (www.peopleseducation.org/ )
Project South (www.projectsouth.org )
Center for Popular Education and Participatory Research ( www.cpepr.info)
Pop Ed Links Directory http://poped.org
WE LEARN: Women Expanding-Literacy Education Action Resource Network (http:// www.litwomen.org/news.html)
Centre for Popular Education Archives (http://www.cpe.uts.edu.au/ )
The Change Agency ( www.thechangeagency.org/index.htm)
Kotare Trust (www.kotare.org.nz)
Training for Change www.TrainingforChange.org
TRAPESE: Take Radical Action Through Popular Education and Sustainable Everything http://www.trapese.org/
North American Alliance for Popular and Adult Education (NAAPAE) Archives http://www.popednews.org/naapae_archives.htm

PROVERB OF THE MONTH: A tasty soup draws people to itself.   Ewe Proverb