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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.

No. 57 April 2008                                               



A free monthly newsletter about popular education and community organizing resources for facilitators and practitioners.  You can contribute to future issues by sending suggestions, notices of materials and short reviews or subscribe by sending your email address to lolds@popednews.org.


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Theme: ORGANIZING TOOLS AND BILINGUAL RESOURCES

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
1.  TOOLS FOR RADICAL DEMOCRACY
2.  BILINGUAL RESOURCE FROM HIGHLANDER'S BOOKSTORE
3.  ONLINE, DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES
4.  IN MINNESOTA
5.
  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION BLOGS
6.
  NEW MIDWEST SOCIAL FORUM ACTIVITY PLANNED
7.
  WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
8.
  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES

QUOTE OF THE MONTH

A person who can speak many languages is not necessarily more valuable than a person who can listen in one. http://www.oneliners-and-proverbs.com/


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1.  Tools for Radical Democracy: How to Organize For Power in Your Community
, by Joan Minieri and Paul Getsos, Jossey Bass, 2007, 438 pages. (Joan Minieri and Paul Getsos are cofounders of Community Voices Heard, a leading social justice organization in New York City and the United States. They are experienced organizers, trainers, university lecturers, and recipients of the Ford Foundation's Leadership for a Changing World Award.)


 

Information from the publisher's blurb on the book: 
Tools for Radical Democracy is an essential resource for grassroots organizers and leaders, students of activism and advocacy, and anyone trying to increase the civic participation of ordinary people. Authors Joan Minieri and Paul Getsos share stories and tools from their nationally recognized and award-winning work of building a community-led organization, training community leaders, and conducting campaigns that changed public policy and delivered concrete results to tens of thousands of people. This how-to manual includes: 

  ·        In-depth analysis of how to launch and win a campaign

·        Tools and guidelines for training people to lead their own campaigns and organizations

·        Insights for using technology effectively, building more powerful alliances, and engaging in the social justice movement  

"This book provides the nuts and bolts for how people and communities that start on the margins can move to
center stage. Tools for Radical Democracy shines the spotlight on what works and will help spark the next
generation of social change movements. To be sure, our country is in dire need of such techniques."
                    —ANDY STERN, president. Service Employees International Union, CTW, CLC
"This manual is an organizer's organizer. I hope many people will put this to use."
                    —HEATHER BOOTH, founder and president, Midwest Academy
"This book is 'the secret' for building collective power for long-term social change."
                    —NAT CHIOKE WILLIAMS, executive director, Hill Snowdon Foundation
"Minieri and Getsos provide real-world examples of how ordinary people can become leaders who effect
positive change. This book will be required reading for our staff and recommended reading for all our members.
                    —JANET S. KEATING, codirector. Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
"Students, scholars, and social activists alike will find something to their tastes in
this how-to guide for rebuilding democracy from the ground up."
                    —JOAQUIN HERRANZ JR., assistant professor, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington
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2.  BILINGUAL RESOURCES FROM THE HIGHLANDER BOOKSTORE

Across Races and Nations: Building New Communities In The U.S. South/ A traves de Razas y Naciones: Construyendo Communidades en el Nuevo Sur de EEUU

This manual comprised of back to back versions in English and Spanish (180+ pages in each language) was created by Center for Research on Women, University of Memphis; Highlander Research and Education Center; and Southern Regional council.  It includes articles and stories on organizing  and some workshop materials.

     

Uncovering Who We Are: Political Education for Latina Women Curriculum Manual/Descrubriendo quienes somos: Manual de educacion politica para muyere latinas

The CD contains pdf files for the 187 page manual in both English and Spanish. (Cost is only $5)

      

These and other popular education and organizing resource materials can be ordered at Highlander's online bookstore highlander bookstore

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. 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/
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4.  IN MINNESOTA

Last Wednesday of the month PTO Twin Cities Alliance PRACTITIONERS FORUM FREE! (Come one and all)
Location TBA (check www.popednews.org for info)

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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.  
SOCIAL FORUMS AROUND THE WORLD  For info: http://www.forumsocialmundial.org.br/

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7. WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
         
April 8-11, 2008 “WORKER RIGHTS AS HUMAN RIGHTS: What Implications for Organized Labor and Labor Education?” United Association for Labor Education (UALE), Minneapolis www.uale.org

April 11-13, 2008 2008 Labor Notes Conference: "Rebuilding Labor's Power" , Dearborn, MI  http://www.labornotes.org/conference

April 11-13, 2008 Rethinking the University, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. http://www.makeumnpublic.org/conference.htm

April 12, 2008 ARE 2008 Conference: “The Struggle for Social Justice In Education,” A.R.E. San Diego Lincoln High School, San Diego California...seeks to outreach at least 500 members of the educational community, including, teachers, counselors, parents, students...to collectively address issues of social justice as they relate to the question of the role of teachers and students in struggling, inside and outside the classroom, against oppression and marginalization within the educational system.www.sdareconference2008.eventbrite.com

April 24-27 Training of Trainers Institute (TOT): Supporting the Economic Justice Movement by Building Capacity  A three-day, intensive TOT Institute, to teach trainers, teachers, activists, and leaders a set of key principles and practices - a tool box for their work - based on popular education methods, within an economic inequality frame. Cape Cod, MA United for a Fair Economy http://www.faireconomy.org/resources/workshops/training_of_trainers_institute

May 4-7, 2008 Community-University Partnerships: Connecting for Change, Office of Community Based Research, University of Victoria, Victoria BC.  An exposition to celebrate existing and explore new community-university research partnerships. Community- based research is an exciting movement of learning and growing for all involved. Through these partnerships, community members and academics build research skills and gain increased confidence, increase democratic participation, and influence change in the lives of all living in the region.  For more information, please visit www.cuexpo08.ca.

May 16-18, 2008 Project South 21st Anniversary Celebration, Atlanta Come to Atlanta to celebrate the legacy of 21 years of movement building in the South. Come out to celebrate Project South’s founders. Come out for rich dialogue and storytelling. Come out to celebrate intergenerational organizing across the decades. Come out to support the work of Project South as we move forward with renewed vision and excitement. Bring your stories, inspiration, and dancing shoes!” For more information contact Christi Ketchum – christi@projectsouth.org / 404.622.0602

May 22-25, 2008, The 14th Annual Pedagogy & Theatre of the Oppressed International Conference: What is change? What is substantial change? And how? University of Nebraska at Omaha, http://www.ptoweb.org/conference.html

May 28-30, 2008, Grassroots & Groundwork: Sharing What Works to Reduce Poverty and Grow Community Prosperity, Northwest Area Foundation, Bloomington, MN www.grassrootsandgroundwork.org 

June 6-8, 2008 Highlander Social Change Workshop New Market, Tennessee For information: http://www.highlandercenter.org/n-sc-workshop2008.asp 

Summer 2008 Interfaith Summer Institute for Justice, Peace and Social Movements. Simon Fraser University.  (Theme - Displacement and Migration: Restoring Dignity and Sacred Connection with summer public forums covering three critical areas that intersect with organizing in social movements: Indigenous Worldviews on Truth and Reconciliation; Human Dignity and the 2010 Olympics: Challenging the Trafficking of Women; and Sanctuary:Zones of Peace Against State Violence.) For information

October 16-18, 2008, Learning Democracy by Doing: Alternative Practices in Citizenship Learning and Participatory Democracy, The Transformative Learning Centre, Toronto, Canada. http://tlc.oise.utoronto.ca/

October 20-24, 2008 First International Conference on Prison Education, AlfaSol (Alfabetização Solidária - Solidarity in Literacy) is a Brazilian non-governmental organization, in partnership with UNESCO, Brussels. For further information: Mr. Fabio Cervone, e-mail fabiorc@alfabetizacao.org.br, or Mrs. Mariana Sabbagh, e-mail marianabs@alfabetizacao.org.br    http://www.alfabetizacao.org.br/

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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 )
*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

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9. QUOTE OF THE MONTH

A person who can speak many languages is not necessarily more valuable than a person who can listen in one. http://www.oneliners-and-proverbs.com/

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