THE POPULAR EDUCATION NEWS
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. 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.

NO. 40 - August 2006

THIS MONTH'S THEME: Info on Misc Books

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. INFO ON BOOKS
2. BLOG ON POPULAR EDUCATION AND MORE BY CHRIS CAVANAGH
3. UPDATES ON FUTURE SOCIAL FORUMS
4. WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
5. LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES
6. PROVERB OF THE MONTH

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1. INFO ON BOOKS

The books listed below have recently been brought to my attention. The information on the books comes from the publisher's promotional materials.

Wild Fire: Art As Activism Edited by Deborah Barndt. Sumach Press, 2006

This collection of seventeen essays and illustrations brings together artists and activists who share a passion for art as well as politics, community and social change. The contributors have created a wide variety of energetic and original artistic projects through which they explore the tensions between academic work, politics and activism. The essays are grouped into the four major themes of social empowerment and transformation, healing, activism and environmental awareness. The projects discussed include painting murals with youths at risk; producing theatre with new immigrants; creating art with immigrant women and children; storytelling and literacy; publishing immigrant women's stories and experiences; street performance as political resistance; and environmental installations. Each essay demonstrates that a critical artistic vision crosses many boundaries to inspire not only our imaginations but also social and environmental movements.

Mobilize the Immigrant Vote Toolkit for Movement-Building Electoral Organizing developed by Partnership for Immigrant Leadership and Action, 2006, 300 pages

For the first time, this Toolkit compiles in one place a collection of tools that PILA has developed to support immigrant community-based organizations in planning and implementing movement-building electoral strategies. This Toolkit is a must-have for organizations seeking to involve immigrants in upcoming elections, while strengthening your organizations and communities for the long haul. http://www.pilaweb.org/orderonline.html Engage: Exploring Nonviolent Living by Laura Slatery, Ken Butigan, Veronica Pelicaric, and Ken preston. Pace e Pene, 2005. [] This book is a revised and expanded version of From Violence to Wholeness. The workbook is full of stories, exercises and resources to learn, study and practice the nonviolent options available to us. It offers a guide for groups on how to take action for justice and peace in the midst of war and injustice. Engage is ideal for advocacy organizations, faith communities, citizen action leagues, campus networks and any group seeking to work together to create a society committed to justice, democracy, peace, sustainability and equality. http://paceebene.org/peb-store/

Learning and Social Difference: Challenges for Public Education and Critical Pedagogy by Carmel Borg and Peter Mayo. Paradigm Publishers, 2006, 218 pages.

Exploring how global changes affect education today, in the classroom and in local, national, and international contexts, this book explores the future of education's capacity for effectiveness in multicultural and multilingual contexts. The chapters deal with lifelong learning (a critique), immigration, antiracist education, parental involvement in schools, national curricula, Paulo Freire's legacy, insights from the work of Lorenzo Milani and the School of Barbiana, and Gramsci's writings on the school. There are both theoretical and empirically grounded chapters in this volume.

2. BLOG ON POPULAR EDUCATION AND MORE BY CHRIS CAVANAGH

chris cavanagh, popular educator, storyteller, and co-founder of the Catalyst Centre in Toronto, has a great blog at www.comeuppance.blogspot.com.

You can also find an interesting review of Dancing With Live Embers: Challenging Racism in Organizations by Barb Thomas, Tina Lopes, Margie Adam, previously mentioned in this newsletter, and several other books on anti-racism work, by chris at http://www.rabble.ca/reviews/review.shtml?x=47060. The www.rabbl.ca web site also hosts the former Catalyst Centre online Bookstore.

4. UPDATES ON FUTURE SOCIAL FORUMS

2007 WORLD SOCIAL FORUM (WSF)

2007 World Social Forum will take place in Nairobi in January (www.forosocialmundial.org.ve).

UNITED STATES SOCIAL FORUM (USSF)

The (USSF) Planning Committee recently announced that the USSF will be held in Atlanta June 27 - July 1, 2007. For Information see www.ussocialforum.org or contact United States Social Forum, 211 10th St. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102 Tel: 505-247-8832

OTHER SOCIAL FORUMS AROUND THE WORLD

For info: http://www.forumsocialmundial.org.br/

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5. ADDITIONS TO WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER

Aug 18-20, 2006, The Annual Nonviolence Peaceforce Youth Conference: The Sword That Heals, Anathoth Community Farm in Luck, Wisconsin. (Participants must be 16 years of age or older and be able to attend the entire conference.) MHMain@csbsju.edu.

Aug 18-20, 2006, 2nd Annual Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ) Popular Education Encuentro, Albuquerque, NM (.for GGJ national members to integrate Consciousness, Vision, Strategy movement building model into their ongoing work) http://www.ggjalliance.org/

Sept 3, 2006 Highlander's Annual Homecoming Sunday, 2:00 to 9:00 pm. (Highlander welcomes new friends and old for our annual Homecoming. Come celebrate workers with us on this Labor Day Sunday with music, poetry, storytelling, theater and conversation. Two workshop sessions will include "What's Up with Highlander" and "Conversation on Immigration".) www.highlandercenter.org

Sept 12 - 15, VENCUENTRO INTERNACIONAL FORUM Y PAULO FREIRE: Sendas de Freire: opresiones, resistencias, y emancipaciones en un nueva paradigma de vida Paulo Freire Institute, Valencia, Spain www.institutpaulofreire.org (Spanish-English translation provided)

Sept 15-17, 2006 Midwest Popular Education Network Gathering at Potters Farm (near Ashland, WI) harmony_haven@yahoo.com or elizabethpost_21@hotmail.com

October 4-7, 2006 Kingian Nonviolence Leadership Seminar Columbus, Ohio, Institute for Human Rights and Responsibilities. (The four-day seminars empower participants to help lead the continuing legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) www.KingianNonviolence.info

October 13-15, 2006 Social Change Workshop Highlander Center, New Market, TN (The workshops are 2-1/2 day sessions that bring together activists from around the country to share ideas and experiences and to learn about Highlander's history and current programs and about our core methods of popular education, cultural work, and participatory research.) www.highlandercenter.org

Jan 15-16, 2007 The Pan African Association For Literacy And Adult Education Assembly, PanAfric Hotel, Nairibi, Kenya. For info: anafa@sentoo.sn

January 17-19, 2007 (Before the World Social Forum) 7th World Assembly of Adult Education, International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) PanAfric Hotel, Nairibi, Kenya. For info in No Amer bobhill@uga.edu, or watch http://www.icae.org.uy/

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6. LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES
(*those with online bookstores)

*Catalyst Centre
*Highlander Center
*Institute for Peoples'Education and Action (IPEA)
*Resource Center of the Americas
*Growing Communities for Peace
Kotare
Project South
Center for Popular Education and Participatory Research
Pop Ed Links Directory
WE LEARN: Women Expanding-Literacy Education Action Resource Network
Centre for Popular Education, University of Technology Sydney
The Change Agency

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7. PROVERB OF THE MONTH

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He who rides the horse of greed at a gallop will pull it up at the door of shame - Fulani Proverb
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