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No. 47 April 2007                               

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

1.  A SPRING AND SUMMER RICH WITH POPULAR EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES IS AHEAD
2.  PLEASE JOIN US AT PTO! CONTINUING THE SPECIAL EFFORT
3.  SOON TO BE RELEASED
4.  WIKIPEDIA'S POPULAR EDUCATION ENTRIES
5.  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION BLOGS
6.  UPDATES ON FUTURE SOCIAL FORUMS (new info on USSF)
7.  WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
8.  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES
9. QUOTE OF THE MONTH

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1.  A SPRING AND SUMMER RICH WITH POPULAR EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES IS AHEAD
April 20-22 European Popular Education Network Conference in Dublin
            jim.crowther@ed.ac.uk
April 27 - 28, 2007 7th Annual Popular Education Conference: From Crisis to Transformation in Berkeley
            http://www.cpepr.info/
April 27 - May 6  Undoing Capitalism - Skills for Change in Berlin
            http://www.rosalux.de/cms/index.php?id=12502&type=0
May 2, 2007 Remembering Freire, Reinventing Freire in Toronto
                freireconference2007@gmail.com 
May 31 – June 3 Pedagogy and Theater of the Oppressed Conference in Minneapolis
            http://www.ptoweb.org/
June 6-9 Learning In Community Conference in Halifax NS
June 22  Popular Education Symposium at Allied Media Conference in Detroit
            http://www.alliedmediaconference.org/
June 22-24 Free Minds, Free Peoples Conference in Chicago
            freeminds@Brotherhood-Sistersol.org
June 27 – July 2 United States Social Forum in Atlanta
            http://www.ussf2007.org/
Aug. 31-Sept. 2 Highlander's 75th anniversary Celebration in New Market, TN
            http://www.highlandercenter.org/
 
More info and other opportunities are listed below.

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2.  CONTINUING THE SPECIAL EFFORT TO GATHER POPULAR EDUCATORS AT THE PTO CONFERENCE IN MINNEAPOLIS MAY 31 – JUNE 3, 2007
 
Please join us at PTO!! The special effort to encourage popular educators to gather at next years annual Pedagogy and Theater of the Oppressed Conference to be held in Minneapolis May 31 – June 3, 2007.  Come together, share what you do, learn from others, and join us in celebration. 
        Plans are for two half-day pre-conferences on Thursday, May 31, a morning introductory session on Pedagogy of the Oppressed and an afternoon session, A Popular Educator Practitioner Workshop.  (There are several pre- and post-conference Theater of the Oppressed options featuring Augusto Boal and/or Julian Boal, and others.) 
        We are also working with the planners to increase the opportunities for participant dialogue, and to help move the conference beyond the familiar “talking heads” formats, to make it more of a “gathering” than a conference.
        For information and the call for proposals see http://www.ptoweb.org/
 
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3. SOON TO BE RELEASED

Do it yourself: A hand book for changing our world
by the Trapese Collective.  Pluto Press, May 2007. 

The Trapese Collective in the UK (http://www.trapese.org/) has emerged, along with The Change Agency in Australia (http://www.thechangeagency.org/), as two of the best sources for  popular education materials and links to good stuff.  Check out the Trapese definition of popular education on their web site.

Here is what they say about their book which will be available next month.
Do it yourself: A handbook for changing our world weaves together analysis, stories, experiences and practical how to guides that cover  nine different thematic areas in which autonomous movements are resisting in the here and now- creating everyday revolutions.  From sustainable living, doing it without leaders, health, food, cultural activism, autonomous spaces, alternative media, popular education and direct action this book explores current projects, limitations and potentials of the vast number of ideas that are emerging from global movements of autonomy in creating other possible worlds.  The book has been the result of work by many different people all working in various areas and aspects of movements for social change who have contributed to this publication.
 
Alongside publication of the book Trapese will be touring social/community centres in order to talk and present some of the ideas of the publication. For more information on the book or the tour please contact us at trapese@riseup.net.
 
“This book is part of a number of growing critiques and proposals emerging from the global movements for autonomy, creation and resistance. What drives these movements is not a single ideology or desire to capture the state. Rather they are driven by a desire from ordinary people to propose and create more environmentally sustainable, non-hierarchical ways of living based upon self-management and mutual aid which go beyond agendas from both the left and right of the political spectrum. Autonomy is a key part of this which at its core is a desire to construct and manage ones own world, free from the constraints of government, consumer society and big business, but holding on to principles like social justices, sustainability and equality. It is a rejection of many aspects of our neoliberal times: the exposure of localities to economic forces beyond their control; subsidies for big business and ecologically damaging activities; repression and surveillance of certain ethnic groups, activists and civil society groups; unaccountable governments and local elites; ecological destruction; a lack of participation in community and political life. What this book seeks to do is to take the many creative proposals which reject capitalism from the margins and put them centre stage to promote discussion, inspiration and action”  Trapese Collective, 2006
4.  WIKIPEDIA'S POPULAR EDUCATION ENTRIES

Check out Wikipedia’s popular education entry which highlights the history of popular education in the French context.  The web pages also contain some good links to related topics.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popular_education
 

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5.  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION BLOGS

chris cavanagh www.comeuppance.blogspot.com
 
(Please send others that you know.)

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6. UPDATES ON FUTURE SOCIAL FORUMS


MIDWEST SOCIAL FORUM (MWSF)

This year, instead of holding our own regional Forum, the MWSF Organizing Committee is pursuing two key goals:
Use the momentum we have built in the Midwest in support of the first United States Social Forum (USSF), scheduled for June 27-July 1 in Atlanta. By ensuring a strong Midwest contingent, we will help build personal relationships and organizational connections between the MWSF and the broader national and international Forum movement.
Organize a series of more focused follow-up activities aimed at building on the energy generated by the USSF by further developing relationships and movement infrastructure in the Midwest. These activities will include a Caucusing / Organizer Training event in fall 2007, in preparation for the MWSF in the summer of 2008. The fall event also offers an opportunity for those who are unable to go to Atlanta.
In addition, the MWSF Organizing Committee has instituted some important changes in its organizing structure, aimed at meeting the increasingly complex demands of the Forum and its related activities, while at the same time providing new opportunities for participation in the planning and development of those activities. The Organizing Committee encourages all Midwest-based community activists, students, educators, and others that share the overall vision of the Forum to take advantage of these opportunities and help build the MWSF.
The MWSF offers many exciting ways to take part in the growing Social Forum movement. For more details on how you can get involved, please visit the links below. Stay tuned for regular updates further below.
Mobilization for the USSF
Fall 2007 Caucusing / Organizer Training event
Midwest Social Forum 2008
Midwest Social Forum Organizing Structure

UNITED STATES SOCIAL FORUM (USSF)  
June 27 - July 1, 2007          PLAN IT!                   BUILD IT!                 BRING IT!

The US Social Forum will be a unique opportunity for all participants to develop relationships, collaborative campaigns, and a greater awareness of others’ issues and programs. The Forum will bring hope, insight and inspiration to all those who attend. The USSF will send a powerful message to people’s movements around the world that there are active movements in this country that oppose US policies and are developing strategic community-based alternatives to our current destructive economic systems. The USSF will gather social and economic justice organizers, environmentalists, peace & justice activists, community-based organizations, Indigenous nations, unions, and students to confront our most pressing contemporary concerns. The US Social Forum will address key issues facing our communities such as white supremacy, local/global economic justice, and movement building. Your minds, hearts, visions, voices, and hands are needed!

ORGANIZE AND REPRESENT YOUR COMMUNITY
Bring a delegation: Organizations and sectors around the country have committed to mobilizing young people, women, regional caravans, and members. Host educational events to prepare and organize buses to come to Atlanta. For example: Sister Song Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective is coordinating a national women’s caucus to participate and generate ideas.

Bring a Workshop, Strategy Session, Cultural Project, Action Plan, or Celebration: The Program Working Group will coordinate with facilitators and presenters to provide a broad spectrum of activities in order for all participants to learn, share, and strategize. If you want to submit a proposal to present a workshop, read the guidelines and fill out the form online.

Plan your annual meeting/gathering to coincide with the Forum: Gather your members and meet in Atlanta during this unprecedented national forum. Holding your meeting during the Forum will allow your leaders and constituents to build bridges with others, connecting issues and groups. Jobs With Justice, for example, is committed to hosting their 1,500 person Annual Meeting in Atlanta at the USSF.

Organize a Tent: Social Forums are open spaces. Apply to set up a tent to host events on any issue or to gather people and discuss specific strategies to move your work forward. Coordinate with the Local Logistics Working Group to establish site - You will be responsible for bringing what you need. For example: the Poor People’s Economic & Human Rights Campaign is planning to set up a Bushville Tent City and lead actions on water rights. The Youth Working Group will host a Youth Tent.
PARTICIPATE IN THE US SOCIAL FORUM
Register! Organizations at $125-$300 sliding scale & Individuals at $15-$100 sliding scale. Register online and/or send in the Form.

Bring your work: Reserve a table throughout the forum to present your information. Tables cost $50 and you bring the whole set-up. To register for tabling or to sell merchandise or food, contact Alice Lovelace at alovelace@mindsprina.com or 404.586.0460 ext.32.
Participate in the national planning process by becoming Organizational Sponsors: Participate at 3 different levels; Movement Builders (participate, raise money, and mobilize members), Movement Mobilizers (bring a delegation), or Supporters (contribute financial resources).
GET INVOLVED! MAKE IT HAPPEN!
 
           OTHER SOCIAL FORUMS AROUND THE WORLD
For info: http://www.forumsocialmundial.org.br/
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7. WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER            

Spring 2007
(dates not yet set) Cross-border Dialogue on Popular Education and Global Economic Power  Just Associates is collaborating with the Toronto Labour Education Centre and a range of economic justice and workers’ organizations in Mexico, the USA and Canada   http://www.justassociates.org/

April 20-22, 2007 Fourth International Conference of the Popular Education Network, Maynooth Campus of the National University of Ireland For info jim.crowther@ed.ac.uk

April 27 - 28, 2007
Seventh Annual Popular Education Conference: From Crisis to Transformation, The Center for Popular Education and Participatory Research.  Contact http://www.cpepr.info for the call for presentations and information

April 27 - May 6  Undoing Capitalism - Skills for Change (4 workshops), (Methods and tools of popular education for the anticapitalist movement. A ten day workshop and training experience.)  Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in cooperation with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and Training for Change , Muncheberg OT Trebnitz (nr Belin) http://www.rosalux.de/cms/index.php?id=12502&type=0

May 2, 2007 Remembering Freire, Reinventing Freire, A half-day conference and dialogue on the 10th anniversary of the death of Paulo Freire, OISE/University of Toronto, Organizers and sponsors: CASAE/ACÉÉA,  OISE/UT,  George Brown College,  CUPE Literacy Program. For more information and to register, please send a message to freireconference2007@gmail.com

May 24-25, 2007 Critical Connections: Education for Social Change International Conference, Queen Margaret University College in collaboration with the Institute for International Health & Development and the School of Social Science, Media & Communications, A call for proposals by theme: Arts for Social Justice (contact sknight@qmuc.ac.uk), Popular Education (contact escandrett@qmuc.ac.uk), Resilience, Rights and Recovery (contact sfustukian@qmuc.ac.uk)  For info www.community-arts.org.uk

May 31 Pre-Conference Workshops:  Pedagogy of the Oppressed (AM) and Popular Education Practitioner’s Workshop (PM) before the Pedagogy and Theater of the Oppressed Conference, Minneapolis (See 1. above).

June 1-3, 2007 13th Annual PTO Conference: "What Does it Mean to be a Citizen" University of Minnesota, Minneapolis http://www.ptoweb.org/

June 6-9, 2007 Learning In Community Conference AERC/CASAE, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax NS http://www.msvu.ca/education/Adult%20Ed/AERC_CASAE_Conference.asp

June14-17, 2007 Class Matters: Working-Class Culture and Counter-Culture Annual Conference of the Working-Class Studies Association, Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota.  For info  rachleff@macalester.edu

June 14-16 2007 ESREA Active Democratic Citizenship and Adult Learning Network Seminar: Changing Relationships between the State, Civil Society and the Citizen: Implications for adult education and adult learning The Unit for Adult Eduction (UfAE), University of Minho, Braga, Portugal http://www.uea.uminho.pt

June 21-24, 2007 The Conference - Free Minds, Free People, The Chicago Freedom School Project, the Education for Liberation Network, The Brotherhood/Sister Sol, and the University of Chicago's Center for Urban School Improvement.  (The conference will bring together teachers, youth, parents, researchers and community-based educators from across the country to begin building a movement to develop and promote Education for Liberation.) freeminds@Brotherhood-Sistersol.org

June 22, 2007 Symposium on Popular Education, the first day of the Allied Media Conference, Detroit, Michigan http://www.alliedmediaconference.org/

June 22-24 Allied Media Conference: Breaking Silence, Building Movements, Detroit, Michigan http://www.alliedmediaconference.org/

Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2007 Highlander's 75th anniversary Celebration, Highlander Center, New Market, TN. http://www.highlandercenter.org/

Sept 20-23, 2007 5th ESREA European Research Conference: Adult Learning and the Challenges of Social and Cultural Diversity: Diverse Lives, Cultures, Learnings and Literacies , University of Seville and Institute of Paulo Freire of Spain, Seville, Spain http://www.congreso.us.es/cesrea

Dec 2–5, 2007 International Researching Work and Learning Conference RWL5 , Cape Town, South Africa http://rwl5.uwc.ac.za


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8.  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 )
*Resource Center of the Americas (www.americas.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 ( http://www.cpe.uts.edu.au/)
The Change Agency ( www.thechangeagency.org/index.htm)
Training for Change www.TrainingforChange.org
TRAPESE: Take Radical Action Through Popular Education and Sustainable Everything http://www.trapese.org/

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9. PROVERB OF THE MONTH

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Tell me, and I forget. Show me, and I remember. Involve me, and I understand - Chinese proverb
 
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