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Connecting popular and community-based educators and activists to resources for improving educational work in social movements against oppression and for democracy, sustainability, social justice, and peace.

A monthly newsletter about popular education/community organizing resources for facilitators and practitioners: Many of the materials reviewed or listed in the newsletter are part of the collection in the Penny Lernoux Memorial Library at the Resource Center of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406.

NO. 26 April 2005                              THIS MONTH'S THEME: troublemaking at work

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. REVIEW OF THE MONTH
2. NEXT MONTH
3. ONLINE RESOURCE FROM REFLECT
4. WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
5. LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES
6. "WHAT IS POPULAR EDUCATION?" DEFINITION OF THE MONTHNTH

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1. REVIEW OF THE MONTH

A Troublemaker's Handbook 2: How To Fight Back Where You Work­--And Win!, Edited by Jane Slaughter. Labor Notes Books, Detroit 2005

Stories - exhilarating stories, moving stories, stories of success by workers who fought back where they worked and won. The method of the manual is to tell stories. As the authors point out in their "How To Use This Book" section, the book is made up not checklists of "this is how you do it" but rather "this is how we did it. See what you can learn from our story." A Troublemakers Handbook 1 was published in 1991. This update is a welcome addition to any resources collection for organizing. There is much to learn from it, not just for organizing within unions or at the workplace, but in any organizing campaign. Most of the stories, but not all, come from settings where the workers have a union.

There are 25 chapters in the book including the final one "Resources" - too many to list in this short review. A sample of chapter titles from perusing the book includes chapter "Power On the Job," "Creative Tactics," "Fighting Discrimination/Building Unity," "Allying With the Community: Single-Issue Campaigns," "Allying With the Community: Multiple-Issue Coalitions," and "Bringing Immigrants Into the Movement." Each chapter concludes with a list of "Action Questions" and acknowledgement of the chapter's authors. The book includes 72 authors and 250 activists sharing the stories of their successes.

What are labor educators saying about the book? Here are quotes by two found on the web site created to add "extra information and some longer stories that didn't fit into this already-long book." Check out other opinions and reviews at http://troublemakershandbook.org/

By covering everything from researching multinational companies, to mapping workplace hazards, running a local, developing leaders, building community labor coalitions, bringing immigrants into the union, and running comprehensive organizing and bargaining campaigns, Troublemaker's Handbook 2 provides a wealth of information for rank-and-file activists, union staff, and leaders, and labor educators looking for ways to build power in their union and beyond. .Kate Bronfenbrenner, Director of Labor Education Research Cornell ILR

The most important challenge for labor and society in the twenty-first century is the question of democracy. But for democracy to flourish, we need to resist and transform authoritarian institutions - especially corporations. The Troublemaker's Handbook shows workplace activists how to take the offensive and reclaim democracy­on the shop floor, in our communities, at the union hall. This handbook can guide readers on how to construct democratic communities and have a lot of fun along the way. .Elaine Bernard, Executive Director Harvard Trade Union Program

Along with Education for Changing Unions and Teaching for Change Popular Education and the Labor Movement (reviewed in the March and April 2003 issues respectively) this book is a must for a popular labor educators library and useful for us all.

$24 plus $4 shipping. Order from Labor Notes, 7435 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48210. Call 313 842 6262. Fax 313 842 0227 http://troublemakershandbook.org/

..review by Larry Olds

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2. NEXT MONTH: Problem Posing at Work Popular Educator's Guide from http://www.literacyservices.com/


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3. ONLINE RESOURCES FROM REFLECT

REFLECT is an approach to adult learning and social change, used by over 350 diverse organizations in more than 60 countries. Their manual Communication and Power and their journal Education Action as well as links to other resources are on the web site http://www.reflect-action.org/ .

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4. ADDITIONS TO WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER

April 1-2, 2005 Center for Popular Education and Participatory Research (CPEPR), Conference on the theme Citizenship and Power in the 21st Century, University of California, Berkeley. http://www.cpepr.net/ (Program includes a special event by the "Founders of NAAPAE" giving Chilean popular educator Francisco Via Grossi a lifetime achievement award, a panel on the global state of popular education and participatory research, and a report by Bob Hill, Acting Vice-President for North America of ICAE on the recent WSF and a new initiative to connect activists and educators in North America as well as a rich and creative regular conference program.)

April 5 - June 22, 2005 (repeated later in the year) University of Technology Sydney, Australia, Centre for Popular Education Short Course: Personal and Political Tools for Social Change (This will be a short course (8 sessions over 12 weeks) exploring some tools for social action based on popular education and 'participatory action-research' principles. In it we will be using PopEd techniques; inviting participants to explore their own experience and reflect critically on their social change efforts.) www.cpe.uts.edu.au

May 7-8, 2005 Project South Building A Movement - BAM Workshops & Retreat, Atlanta (Project South facilitates BAMs to examine the current movement, to practice popular education as an organizing strategy, and to give you the skills to create specific educational tools for your ongoing work. BAMs create that essential space to raise consciousness, generate vision, and build more effective strategies.) Register online at http://www.projectsouth.org/programs/bam.html email stephanie@projectsouth.org

May 23-24, 2005 Headwaters Fund Building Connections | Building Power, Headwaters Allies For Justice Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota (The Allies for Justice Institute is a unique training event for community-based leaders throughout the Midwest addressing civil rights, racial justice, education, environmental justice, gender equity, labor and other critical struggles facing our communities.) http://www.headwatersfoundation.org/html/community/afji/afjiinfo.html

June 2-5, 2005 The 46th Annual Adult Education Research Conference University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia - Preconferences June 2 on African Diaspora, LGBTQ&A, Technology, and Literacy. (The Adult Education Research Conference (AERC) is an annual North American conference that provides a forum for adult education researchers to share their experiences and the results of their studies with students, other researchers, and practitioners from around the world.) http://www.gactr.uga.edu/conferences/2005/Jun/02/aerc.phtml

June 11-12, 2005 Project South Building A Movement - BAM Workshops & Retreat, Washington DC (Project South facilitates BAMs to examine the current movement, to practice popular education as an organizing strategy, and to give you the skills to create specific educational tools for your ongoing work. BAMs create that essential space to raise consciousness, generate vision, and build more effective strategies.) Register online at http://www.projectsouth.org/programs/bam.html email stephanie@projectsouth.org

May 29-31, 2005, Pedagogy and Theater of the Oppressed (Co-hosted by the Center for Theatre of the Oppressed and Applied Theatre Arts, Los Angeles) 11th Annual Conference, Los Angeles, California, (May 24 - 28 Theatre of the Oppressed Preconference Workshops with Augusto Boal) http://www.unomaha.edu/~pto/conference.htm

September 17-18, 2005 Project South Building A Movement - BAM Workshops & Retreat, Atlanta (Project South facilitates BAMs to examine the current movement, to practice popular education as an organizing strategy, and to give you the skills to create specific educational tools for your ongoing work. BAMs create that essential space to raise consciousness, generate vision, and build more effective strategies.) Register online email stephanie@projectsouth.org

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4. 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 )
*Institute for Peoples'Education and Action (IPEA) (www.peopleseducation.org/ )
*Resource Center of the Americas (www.americas.org )
*Growing Communities for Peace (www.humanrightsandpeacestore.org )
Project South (www.projectsouth.org )
Center for Popular Education and Participatory Research (www.gse.berkeley.edu/research/pepr/ )
Pop Ed Links Directory (www.flora.org/mike/links/poped.html)
WE LEARN: Women Expanding-Literacy Education Action Resource Network(http://www.litwomen.org/news.html)
Centre for Popular Education, University of Technology Sydney (http://www.cpe.uts.edu.au/)

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5. "WHAT IS POPULAR EDUCATION?" DEFINITION OF THE MONTH

Learner-centered participatory education where groups of people explore and exchange their lived experience and ideas about social, political and economic problems. The explicit purpose of popular education is for groups to gain understanding of their common problems and to develop, implement and evaluate solutions.

The agenda of popular education is democratic change and the empowerment of the disempowered... In the US, the most well-known practice of popular education is the work of the Highlander Center, but the methods are also widely used in community and labor organizing. Some principles which make popular education different from mainstream, teacher-centered education are:

· everyone teaches; everyone learns
· learning begins with the learner's own experience
· people want to learn where the knowledge is relevant and valuable to them
· adults will make time for learning that has immediate results
· learning is a cyclical experience of knowledge, reflection, action

.From Susan Moir, UMASS Boston, labor educator

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The river swells with the contribution of the small streams. Bateke proverb.
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This newsletter is produced by the Popular Education Resource Collection Circle. Larry Olds worked on this issue. You can contribute to future issues by sending suggestions, notices of materials and short reviews to lolds@popednews.org. Help improve the newsletter. Subscribe by sending your email address to lolds@popednews.org.