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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. 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. 43 - December 2006

THIS MONTH'S THEME: MATERIALS REVIEWED IN 2006


TABLE OF CONTENTS:
1. A SPECIAL EFFORT CONTINUES
2.  REVIEW NEEDED OF NEW RESOURCE
3.  GRADUATE PROGRAM OF INTEREST
4.  BIBLIOGRAPHY OF MATERIALS MENTIONED IN 2006
5.  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION BLOGS
6.  NOTICE ON WORLD ASSEMBLY
7.  UPDATES ON FUTURE SOCIAL FORUMS
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.  THE SPECIAL EFFORT CONTINUES TO GATHER POPULAR EDUCATORS AT THE PTO CONFERENCE IN MINNEAPOLIS MAY 31 - JUNE 3, 2007
 
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/
 
2.  REVIEW NEEDED OF NEW RESOURCE
 
Before You Enlist and After You Say NO
by Hannah Strange (Ruckus Society) and Daniel Hunter (Training for Change).  American Friends Service Committee Youth and Militarism Program, 2006.

This newsletter would welcome a 300 to 400 word review of this new manual.  We were sent the following info about it:  "This book uses a particular brand of popular education, which the author's are calling Direct Education.  Direct Education blends Friere with nonviolent direct action training with adventure-based learning with personal growth techniques with emergent design with plain old fun to provide challenging and empowering learning experiences." 
        For info www.TrainingforChange.org

3. GRADUATE PROGRAM OF INTEREST: CRITICAL PEDAGOGY: ADVANCING SOCIAL JUSTICE

The University of St. Thomas' doctoral program in critical pedagogy is the only program of its kind in the country. Critical pedagogy is an interdisciplinary field committed to social justice, equality and democracy. It aims to understand education through a critical examination of the unequal power dynamics in society and offers alternatives to the status quo. The program addresses educational issues in multiple contexts - individual, local and global.   For info www.stthomas.edu/education/ci
 
4. BIBLIOGRAPHY OF MATERIALS MENTIONED IN 2006
 
BRIDGE/PUENTE: Supplementary Edition: Spanish Handout Translation/Eduición Suplementaria: Versión en Español by/por Eunice Hyunhye Cho, Francisco Argüelles Paz y Puente, Miriam Ching Yoon Louie, and/y Sasha Khokha. National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, 2005, 62 pages.  www.nnirr.org   (This booklet of handouts in Spanish for the activities in the popular education manual on immigration, BRIDGE: Building a Race and Immigration Dialogue in the Global Economy, is a welcome addition for the highly respected publication.  (See Sept 2004 issue) for a review of the manual.  The supplement was also published in Korean. (See Jan issue)
 
COLOR OF WEALTH, THE: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide
by Meizhu Lui, Barbara Robles, Betsy Leondar-Wright, Rose Brewer, Rebecca Adamson, The New Press, 336 pages, 2006.  (Also order a ready-made workshop eith flipcharts and trainer's guide directly from United for a Fair Economy.  To order visit https://faireconomy.org/order/workshops_order.html  (See June-July issue)
 
DANCING ON LIVE EMBERS: Challenging Racism in Organizations
by Barb Thomas, Tina Lopes, Margie Adam, Between the Lines, 2006, 416 pages (see Jan, Feb, and Mar issues)
 
DEFENDING JUSTICE: AN ACTIVIST RESOURCE KIT
, edited by Palak Shah.  Political Research Association, p.264, 2005.  the kit is also published and available as downloads with additional valuable materials, for example, a series of Fact Sheets, at http://www.publiceye.org/defendingjustice/index.html. (See Mar issue)
 
ENGAGE: Exploring Nonviolent Living
by Laura Slatery, Ken Butigan, Veronica Pelicaric, and Ken preston. Pace e Pene, 2005. (See Aug issue)
 
ENOUGH BLOOD SHED: 101 Solutions To Violence, Terror and War
by Mary-Wynne Ashford with Guy Dauncey.  New Society Publishers, 2006, 271pp. http://www.newsociety.com/  (See Sept issue)
 
GRASS ROOTS BIOGRAPHIES: The Activist Series
by Terry Barber. Grass Roots Press, 2006. (See Oct-Nov issue)
 
INNOVATIVE APPROACHES FOR TEACHING COMMUNITY ORGANIZING SKILLs
edited by Donna Hardina.  The Haworth Press, 2000, 114 pages.  (Co-published simultaneously as Journal of Community Practice, Vol 7 No 1) (See Jan issue)
 
LEARNING AND SOCIAL DIFFERENCE: Challenges for Public Education and Critical Pedagogy
by Carmel Borg and Peter Mayo. Paradigm Publishers, 2006, 218 pages. (See Aug issue)
 
MOBILIZE THE IMMIGRANT VOTE TOOLKIT FOR MOVEMENT-BUILDING ELECTORAL ORGANIZING developed by Partnership for Immigrant Leadership and Action, 2006, 300 pages. (See Aug issue)
 
NOW WE READ, WE SEE, WE SPEAK: Portrait of Literacy Development in an Adult Freirean-Based Class
, by Victoria Purcell-Gates, Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc Inc., 2000, 256 pages. (See June-July issue)
 
POLITICS THE WELLSTONE WAY: How To Elect Progressive Candidates and Win on Issues
by Wellstone Action (edited by Bill Lofy).  University of Minnesota Press, 2005, 222 pages.
 
TEACHING DEFIANCE: Stories And Strategies For Activist Educators,
by Michael Newman Jossey Bass, 2006.
 
THROUGH THE LENS OF SOCIAL JUSTICE: Using the Change Agent in Adult Education
, edited by Andy Nash. New England Literacy Resource Center/ World Education, 200 pp., 2006  http://www.nelrc.org/  (See Sept issue)
 
UN NUEVO TEJIDO DEL PODER, LOS PUEBLOS Y LA POLÍTICA
: Guía de Acción para la Incidencia y la Participación Ciudadana,
the Spanish version of the action guide, A NEW WEAVE OF POWER, PEOPLE & POLITICS, called and is available through ActionAid Guatemala at: http://www.actionaidguatemala.org/espa%F1ol/Home/homepage.htm (See Feb issue)
 
WILD FIRE: Art As Activism
Edited by Deborah Barndt. Sumach Press, 2006 (See Aug issue)

5.  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION BLOGS

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


6. NOTICE ON WORLD ASSEMBLY

Registration is open for the World Assembly of Adult Education January 17-19, 2007 - ADULTS' RIGHT TO LEARN: CONVERGENCE, SOLIDARITY AND ACTION, International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) PanAfric Hotel, Nairibi, Kenya.  http://www.icae.org.uy/   For info in No America contact bobhill@uga.edu
 


7. UPDATES ON FUTURE SOCIAL FORUMS

2007 WORLD SOCIAL FORUM (WSF)

2007 World Social Forum will take place in Nairobi January 20 - 25 (www.forosocialmundial.org.ve).
UNITED STATES SOCIAL FORUM (USSF)
             The (USSF) Planning Committee recently announced that the USSF will be held in Atlanta June 17 -22, 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/

8. WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
           
Jan 15-16, 2007 The Pan African Association For Literacy And Adult Education Assemble,
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/

February 1-3, 2007 Building Bridges: A Labour Studies Conference University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada http://www.uwindsor.ca/labour

March 9-10, 2007 4th Annual (Net)Working Conference on Women & Literacy: Threads of Experience - Creative Spaces for Women's Learning Northeastern University, Boston  A Call for Presenters is out with a deadline Dec 1.  for info http://www.litwomen.org/conference.html

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

May 24-25, 2007Critical Connections: Education for Social Change
International Conference Institute for International Health & Development and the School of Social Science, Media & Communications, Queen Margaret University College Edinburgh Scotland 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 below.).

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

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)
Training for Change www.TrainingforChange.org

10. PROVERB OF THE MONTH

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We shall know who enjoys walking when we are on a journey.  Sierra Leone Proverb

 
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