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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.

This newsletter is distributed free.  To subscribe send an email to lolds@popednews.org. Check out www.popednews.org for an archive of back issues and an annotated bibliography of the popular education and community organizing collection.

No. 50 August 2007                              

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
1.  HIGHLANDER'S 75TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
2.  NEW TOOLKIT FROM PROJECT SOUTH
3.  ONLINE RESOURCES FROM SOUL
4.  REFLECTIONS BY A PARTICIPANT IN A SOUL WORKSHOP AT USSF
5.  WIKIPEDIA'S POPULAR EDUCATION ENTRIES
6.  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION BLOGS
7.  UPDATE ON MIDWEST SOCIAL FORUM
8.  WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
9.  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES
10. QUOTE OF THE MONTH

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1. HIGHLANDER'S 75TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

It is not too late to register for and participate in Highlander's 75th Anniversary Celebration, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2007.  A full program of activities are planned.  See . http://www.highlandercenter.org/ for details.


2.  NEW TOOLKIT FROM PROJECT SOUTH

The Critical Classroom:  Education for Liberation & Movement Building with Walda Katz-Fishman, Rose Brewer and Lisa Albrecht, design by Pat Rouse and graphics by Rini Templeton.  Project South, 2007, 122 pages.



From the book's back cover: The Critical Classroom is a wonderful combination of daring and sensibility both­daring because it puts out imaginative, new approaches to learning and sensible because it tells us how to carry them out. Here is an organic treasure-house for opening minds to their potential for transforming our society, with Rini Templeton drawings throughout to convey irresistible energy.  Elizabeth (Betita) Martlnez Director, Institute for MultiRacial Justice Author, Activist, Educator


The toolkit is not yet listed on the Project South web site, www.projectsouth.org, as this newsletter is distributed.  The first printing was sold out at USSF, a second printing is underway. To order the book contact Project South, 9 Gammon Avenue, Atlanta Georgia 30315, phone 404 622 0602, email general-info@projectsouth.org .

This newsletter would welcome a short review of this book.

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3.   RESOURCES FROM SOUL

(Editor's Note:  I was made aware of SOUL's resources by Ryan Li Dahlstrom who attended a workshop at USSF co-facilitated by a member of SOUL.  His comments on the workshop from his "Report Back Notes" are below.

The School for Unity and Liberation (SOUL)
is a training center designed to support the growing youth sector of the social justice movement. We run political education and organizing skills training programs, designed specifically to meet the particular needs of our generation of emerging movement leaders.  Among the resources they provide are the training manuals below and a variety of specific training activities at http://www.youthec.org/soul/soul_sec/resources/re-free_training.html.


   
 

SOUL contact info:
SOUL
287 17th Street, Suite 225
Oakland CA 94612

phone: 510 451 5466
email:
soul@schoolofunityandliberation.org
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4. REFLECTIONS BY A PARTICIPANT IN A SOUL WORKSHOP AT USSF

Note:  The following is a excerpt from Ryan Li Dahlstrom's "Report Back Notes" on the United States Social Forum (USSF).  Ryan is an activist and one of the organizers of the Minnesota delegation to the USSF held in Atlanta June 27 - July 1, 2007.  His participation at USSF was partially supported by the Popular Education Fund, a small Minnesota fund associated with this newsletter.

Developing Revolutionary Consciousness
Presenters: Amara Perez, Sisters in Action for Power (Seattle, WA) and Malachi Larrabee-Garza, School of Unity and Liberation-SOUL (Oakland, CA)
 
Description Summary of workshop:
Want support in working with your community to raise consciousness? This process must start with how people see and understand the world we live in-but then what? If you seek to develop revolutionary consciousness, BEYOND teaching concepts/details of a particular issue-to REALLY equip folks to think and analyze this world, JOIN US!! Take back tools and frameworks to apply to your work that are based in the root causes (capitalism, white supremacy, colonialism) of our conditions (poverty, environmental racism, incarceration, wack education…) and reveal how those conditions serve as mechanism of control on land, culture, mind, body, and spirit.
 What I learned:  Resources/Orgs/Projects to look into/Reading material:  For more information on free workshops and additional info, visit SOUL’s website at www.schoolofunityandliberation.org

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5.  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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6.  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION BLOGS

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

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7.  UPDATE ON MIDWEST SOCIAL FORUM

MIDWEST SOCIAL FORUM (MWSF)
Activities include Caucusing / Organizer Training event in fall 2007, in preparation for the MWSF in the summer of 2008. T
OTHER SOCIAL FORUMS AROUND THE WORLD
For info: http://www.forumsocialmundial.org.br/
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8. WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER            

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

Feb 3-10, 2008 Minnesota Popular Education Week (details will be published in this newsletter and posted on www.popednews.org 


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9.  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)
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/

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10. PROVERB OF THE MONTH

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Learn to listen, opportunity often knocks softly – from http://www.oneliners-and-proverbs.com/

 
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A free 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.