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THEME: A BOX OF POPULAR EDUCATION MATERIALS

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No. 62 June-July 2009                   

TABLE OF CONTENTS:      
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1.  JULY POPULAR EDUCATION COURSE AT OISE IN TORONTO
2. RHIZOME FREIREAN ONLINE REVIEW
3.  MATERIALS FOR THE MINI-BOX LIBRARY
4.  ONLINE, DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES (see new items below)
5.  WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
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  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES
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7.  PROVERB OF THE MONTH
8.  IN MINNESOTA

1.  JULY POPULAR EDUCATION COURSE AT OISE IN TORONTO

The July26 – 29 class Popular Education: Learning to Organize for Change
 is designed to build your understanding and experience in processes to lead groups in social justice education and activist organizing.  No experience necessary, but experience is welcome .  Facilitator Christine McKenzie is a popular educator who has developed and facilitated anti-oppression organizing processes with diverse groups in Canada and Central America over the past 15 years.   For more information contact c-mckenzie@sympatico.ca

2. RHIZOME FREIREAN ONLINE REVIEW
Forwarded from the Popular Education Network in Europe is the information that the Rhizome Freirean On line Review is available in http://www.rizoma-freireano.org. 

3.  MATERIALS FOR THE MINI-BOX LIBRARY

The following materials are being assembled for the Mini-box Library, a project of this newsletter to put more resources into the hands of activists, organizers and community-based educators in the Minnesota area.  We would welcome comments on the materials and suggestions for additional items that might be included.  Please let us know any that you might consider "best popular education materials," either in general or dealing with specific issues.  All the materials have been reviewed in prior issues of this newsletter.  See www.popednews.org and use the search function on the home page for more information about them.

1.       Counting Our Victories Popular Education and Community Organizing by Denise Nadeau. Repeal the Deal Productions, 1996.

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This workshop guide and companion video are designed to help groups - union locals, women’s groups, and non-governmental organizations of all kinds - use popular education to broaden organizing. The theme is using popular education for organizing in the context of the social and economic restructuring of the last decades.
        The main idea remains to create a training kit that can help grassroots groups build their organizations, strengthen their own organizing initiatives and continue to work in coalitions with other groups. The approach taken to popular education owes much to the years of practice and theoretical development of popular education in Central America and Mexico. As well much of the inspiration for the video and guide comes from the work of women organizers from unions, women’s organizations, anti-racist groups, and cultural organizations in Canada.

2.       Educating for a Change by Rick Arnold, Bev Burke, Carl James, D'Arcy Martin, and Barb Thomas Toronto Between the Lines Press, 1991.  

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This is a book for all educators - and anyone else interested in how education works - who agree that the time for fuzzy platitudes and top-down practices is over. If you are working for systems change, you'll find skills and new confidence for challenging the status quo in this book – plus, tools for transforming power relations and applying the principles of democratic practice to change efforts as well as daily work.
        Running through the book are two important threads: 1) education must empower all people to act for change, 2) education must be based on democratic practice; creating the conditions for full and equal participation in discussion, debate and decision making.
        The book is a facilitator’s and organizer’s manual for improving educational work. It not only is filled with examples of participatory, democratic activities that could be in the repertoire of all educators and activists, but those activities are embedded in a coherent theoretical framework reflecting the years of popular education work by the authors who at the time of the book’s writing were identified with the Doris Marshall Institute in Toronto, Ontario. It is the premier source of a full explanation of the spiral model of popular education.

3.       Naming the Moment Political Analysis for Action - A Manual for Community Groups by Deborah Barndt with Carlos Freire, Illustrator. The Moment Project, Jesuit Centre for Social Faith, Toronto 1989.  

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This manual concerns itself with two questions: "This moment: it is unlike any other moment in time. How can we understand what it offers so that we can make the best use of it? How have people used moments in the past to push toward greater social justice?"
        Through the "moment" approach, it presents ideas, experiences and concepts that can help groups working for social change. It firstly introduces and defines the idea of political analysis for action, or naming the moment. Second, it supplies a review of the history of the concept and situates the practice in current social movements and structures in Canada. Third, it describes in detail the method of naming the moment and illustrates its four phases ( identifying ourselves and our interests, naming the issues/struggles, assessing the forces, planning for action) together with some examples. Fourth, the manual discusses the two applications of the method: one focused on local environmental issues, the other analyzing the free trade battle.  It suggests different ways to integrate the process of naming the moment process, or political analysis for action, into the daily life of organizations. Finally, it emphasizes the importance of linking analyses across issues and across sectors.

4.       The Nature of Transformation Environmental, Adult and Popular Education, Second Edition by Darlene E. Clover, Shirley Follen, and Budd Hall, 2000.  

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This workbook/manual, valuable for all educators, draws on the experiences from a wide range of workshops across Canada, in the United States and abroad. It outlines social learning theories and ways in which environmental issues can be woven into the practice of adult education whether formal or nonformal. The chapters provide a brief examination of some of the theories of adult, popular, feminist, environmental, and environmental adult and popular education; ideas for organizing workshops within an ecological context and sample agendas; activities that stimulate critical and creative thinking, use nature and the community as teachers and sites of learning, weave environmental and social issues, and examine local and global issues; and activities from the Philippines, Fiji, Australia and Hong Kong and a list of other resources to support educational work.
        This book links together a social vision, an analysis of power, the importance of passion and emotions and the principles of adult learning to give guidance in designing workshops that are truly participatory. Many of the practical activities and exercises can be put to use immediately in existing classes and workshops, or woven into newly designed education events.

5.       Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire, The Seabury Press, 1973  (A brief study guide prepared by Victor Cole of Metropolitan State University in Minnesota is included.)

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                Over twenty years ago Paulo Freire articulated a powerful message of opposition to such discourses of seemingly irreversible oppression. Freire reminded the world of the potential of human agency in the process of social change. This is his most celebrated book.  In it he espouses a discourse of liberation based on a belief in the possibility of personal and political transformation. Freire voraciously asserta that a structure, system, or institution of oppression must not be perceived as "a closed world from which there is no exit, but as a limiting situation which the oppressed can transform". In essence, Freire declares that critical consciousness of reality is imperative to human action and social transformation. Freire's message of critical awareness, based on a conception of the  dialectical relationship between the world and human consciousness, has placed Pedagogy of the Oppressed in the canon of radical educational pedagogy.

6.       Ready for Action: A Popular Theatre Popular Education Manual by Jennifer Anderson, Jennifer Michol, Joshua Silverberg. Waterloo Public Interest Research Group (WPIRG), 1994.  

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           This manual was written by the Enviromaniacs, a popular theatre group at the University of Waterloo, in an effort to share knowledge and experience gained by the group in their many years of popular theatre work. It provides an overview of ideas, materials, and resources dealing with popular theatre and popular education, and connects and links the theory to concrete exercises, which comprise the majority of this book. But the focus here is on concrete exercises for groups who want to jump into the popular theatre process. It includes energizer exercises, analytical exercises, reflection and evaluation exercises, as well as ideas for doing street theatre and pop theatre workshops.
 

7.       Starting With Women's Lives Changing Today's Economy - A Facilitators Guide to a Visual Workshop Methodology, 2nd Edition by Suzanne Doerge and Bev Burke. Women's Inter-Church Council of Canada and the Canadian Labour Congress. 2000.

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This is a hands-on manual for women who wish to critically analyze the relationship between gender and the economy and work for social justice and equality. The authors noticed a "shortage of tools to draw upon for doing a gender analysis of the economy, particularly tools which can draw on women's experience and actively involve them in the analysis." This manual is meant to provide such a tool. The handbook can be used by any group of women to analyze the effects of economic changes on women, to develop an understanding of the connections between women's daily experiences and national and worldwide trends, and to become involved and active in campaigns for women's rights and social justice. The handbook presents its information as methodology, which is to be learned and experienced through workshop(s).  The method is called 'the wall,' which gives a visual of gender analysis and the economy. The wall itself is used as a metaphor for the economy because "our economy is made up of inter-related parts that build upon one another." Thus, this methodology looks at how the stones in the wall are changing and how women can actively rebuild the wall.

4. DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES  (Please send information about other links. -- the editor)
New in this issue:
Case studies and analysis of popular education in community-based organizations
http://urbanhabitat.org/rpe/14-2/organizing
Case studies and analysis of popular education in classrooms
http://urbanhabitat.org/rpe/14-2/classrooms

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

. 6.  FOR LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES  click here

A Google search for "popular education" produces an interesting list that is more focused than it has been in the past.  Also the wikipedia entry for popular education is interesting and in the opinion of this newsletter, needs some revising and additions.  Finally, the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) has important global links to the work.

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7. PROVERB OF THE MONTH

An elder's handbag is never completely empty - Acholi Proverb.

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8. IN MINNESOTA

Apply for a Popular Education Mini-box Library

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Applications are now being accepted from activists, organizers and community-based educators in the Minnesota area for a Popular Education Mini-box Library.  The boxes are designed to be given to individual activists, community-based educators, and organizers who are interested in improving their education work in social movements against oppression and violence, and for democracy, sustainability, justice, and peace.  The contents of an individual box may be adjusted in response to the individual recipient’s interests, but all boxes will contain some of the classic popular education manual.   Some materials are available in Spanish.

To apply submit a letter of application of not more than 600 words addressing the following:

  • What do you do and why?
  • What is your history with and interest in popular education?
  • What projects and/or activities do you hope to be undertaking in the next 12 months that could be influenced by the materials in the box?

To receive a box you must agree to attend two education sessions.  The first will be when the boxes are distributed and will focus on the contents of the box.  The second will be a report back and sharing on your use of the materials.

The application deadline is August 14, 2009

Send your letter of application to lolds@popednews.org.

Events in Minnesota

June 25, 2009 4 to 6 pm Theatre of the Oppressed Practitioner's Forum, Corocoran Park Community Center, Minneapolis.  For information raeosun@riseup.net

A Popular Education Mini-Conference (tentative date September 11, 2009): Using the Arts as Tools for Social Analysis and Action in Popular Education And Organizing

The Mini-conference will bring together people from the organizations who were the recipients of Popular Education Library in a Box and other activists, organizers and community-based educators for a full half-day of popular education education and training.  Mark the date.  Details will follow as plans unfold.