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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. 29 August 2005                              THIS MONTH'S THEME: GLOBALIZATION

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. ATLANTA, GA TO HOST FIRST UNITED STATES SOCIAL FORUM
2. REVIEW OF THE MONTH
3. NEW WEBSITE ON THE WALL METHODOLOGY
4. ADULTS LEARNING ISSUE ON MASS MOVEMENTS FOR SOCIAL AND POLITICAL CHANGE
5. WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
6. LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES

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1. ATLANTA, GA TO HOST FIRST UNITED STATES SOCIAL FORUM

The United States Social Forum (USSF) Planning Committee recently selected Atlanta to host the summer 2006 event. The planning committee has under discussion the idea of a popular education track as part of the USSF.

The USSF is an exciting undertaking. The groups represented on the planning committee include: 50 Years Is Enough Network, American, Friends Service Committee, Commission for Religion in Appalachia, Community Voices Heard, DARE, RI, Grassroots Global Justice, Indigenous Environmental Network, Indigenous Women's Network, Jobs With Justice, Just Transition Alliance, Labor/Community Strategy Center, Listen, Inc., National Center for Human Rights Education, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Native American Representatives for youth and Alaska, Native Social and Civic Justice, Northwest Social Forum Representatives, NYC AIDS Housing Network, Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, Project South, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice, Southwest Workers Union, Tennessee Economic Renewal Network, United Students Against Sweatshops.

For Information see www.ussocialforum.org or contact United States Social Forum, 211 10th St. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102 Tel: 505-247-8832

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2. REVIEW OF THE MONTH

Today's Globalization: A Toolkit for Popular Education In Your Community, Second Edition, by Project South Staff and Board. Project South, 2005 (To order contact www.projectsouth.org)

Project South's latest toolkit for locally organized popular education, Today's Globalization, is a great resource for any activist, community organizer, student, or citizen interested in understanding and challenging worldwide economic inequalities and injustices. (This second edition of the toolkit, like the other second edition toolkit now available, Roots of Terror, is spirally bound rather than in a loose leaf notebook and has upgraded graphics and design.) Although it is based upon and geared toward workshop facilitation, the information within the manual may be useful to anyone who wishes to know a little bit more about the current implications and connotations of "globalization" and its historically-based social and economic roots.

As a workshop toolkit, the manual is clear and straightforward. It begins with a broad overview of (mainly economic) globalization and includes a glossary of key terms used in globalization materials as well as in the workshop. An introduction to the workshop includes very helpful facilitator and participant tips, as well as the "Project South Process for Guidelines in Group Discussion." The guidelines provide a framework for group facilitation that serves to assist workshop leaders.

The kit is anchored primarily by the "Project South Timeline," which strives to "Tell Our Story" of economic, government policy, and popular movement history over the past half-millennium. Here there is a bullet-point history of globalization, with an impressive range of important (and frequently overlooked) events- from The Great Rebellion in Northern India in 1857, to the Creation of Israel, to the Founding of Ms. Magazine. All points are explained in their relation and importance to greater movements. The timeline highlights the interconnectedness between social, economic, and political globalizing events in an insightful and unique manner, and serves as an excellent foundation for the workshop.

The workshop section itself includes three activities. Each activity is outlined in detail; however, I feel the facilitator is generally left with a large amount of autonomy in constructing the workshop itself. This is largely a benefit to the kit, as popular education concerns itself with adjusting to and drawing from individual needs and experiences, but speaking as someone who has never led a workshop herself, I would be hesitant to take on facilitating this one completely on my own despite the well formatted guidelines. However, it appears very user friendly for anyone who has does have some experience with popular education workshops.

The only critique I have of the workbook lies within the material itself; it is decidedly one-sided in its view of capitalism and Keynesian economics, and does very well at highlighting many of the most negative aspects of neo-liberal policies while omitting its perceived benefits. This, of course, is common throughout most activist manuals and should not be viewed as a primary discrediting factor. The discourse offered, though partial, is a valid and important part of the greater dialogue and should be treated as such. As Project South reiterates, history is storytelling and can never be unbiased or completely objective. That being said, facilitators should appreciate and make use of the information in this toolkit, but recognize it also as one piece of a greater puzzle as groups work towards a progressive and more just future that is also realistically feasible.

..Review by Jessica Bullen, Popular Education News Intern

3. NEW WEBSITE ON THE WALL METHODOLOGY

The creators of the "Wall Methodology," Suzanne Doerge and Bev Burke, have launched a new website (www.wallworkshop.com) related to their outstanding manual Starting With Women's Lives Changing Today's Economy - A Facilitators Guide to a Visual Workshop Methodology. Since manual was reviewed in this newsletter in October 2003 (see back issues listed on homepage of this site) , a Spanish language edition has been added and now, a second edition is due out this month. For more information see the website or contact Women's Wall Project, Proyecto: Pared de las Mujeres, 1439 Tedder Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1H 6A5 Canada

4. ADULTS LEARNING ISSUE ON MASS MOVEMENTS FOR SOCIAL AND POLITICAL CHANGE

The July Adults Learning issue is on adult education's historic link with mass movements for social and political change. In the issue, Jane Thompson presents a robust case for adult education linked to social action, followed by four articles that provide examples, drawn from Sierra Leone, Ireland, Brazil and South Africa, of popular education programmes linked to struggles for social and political change which have made significant differences to the lives of the individuals and communities involved. http://www.niace.org.uk/Publications/Periodicals/AdultsLearning/Current.htm

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5. ADDITIONS TO WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER

Aug 18-19, 2005 University of Technology, Sydney Strategising FOR CHANGE: A Workshop for community organizers, workers, unionists, and activists http://www.thechangeagency.org

Aug 27-28, 2005 Project South Building A Movement - BAM Popular Education Retreat for Educators, Atlanta Register online at http://www.projectsouth.org/programs/bam.html email stephanie@projectsouth.org

Sept 4, 2005 Highlander Center Homecoming Festival 2- 9 p.m. hrec@highlandercenter.org

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

Sept 21, 2005 Cross-Class Alliance Building Co-sponsored by the Chicago Center for Working-Class Studies, Class Action, and United for a Fair Economy Roosevelt University's downtown campus in the Chicago Loop http://www.classmatters.org/calendar/

Sept 30-Oct 2, 2005 2nd Annual National Immigrant and Refugee Rights Training Institute, Oakland, CA (Join immigrant and refugee rights community organizers and advocates from around the country forhands on train-the-trainer sessions on the BRIDGE Popular Education curriculum, to meet and network with other organizers from around the country passionate about popular education, participate in workshops, skill-building and dialogue on human rights, grassroots advocacy, fundrasing, media work and the politics of translation and interpretation--all from a community-building perspective.) For information contact echo@nnirr.org .

Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2005 Highlander Social Change Workshop, New Market, Tennessee (English and Spanish-speaking people and groups who would like to learn more about Highlander Center and share ideas and information about working to change the world.) hrec@highlandercenter.org

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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 )
*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/)
The Change Agency (www.thechangeagency.org/index.htm)

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Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. - Will Rogers
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