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No. 53 December 2007

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.

Theme: MATERIALS REVIEWED AND MENTIONED IN 2007

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
1.  NEW RESOURCE
2.  BIBLIOGRAPHY OF NEW MATERIALS MENTIONED IN 2006
3.  ONLINE, DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES
4.  IN MINNESOTA
5.  TRAINING OPPORTUNITY IN AUSTRALIA
6.  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION BLOGS
7.  NEW MIDWEST SOCIAL FORUM ACTIVITY PLANNED
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.  NEW RESOURCE

The Change Agent: An Adult Education Newsletter for Social Justice: "Taking Action to Stay in School"

 

This newsletter recently received an announcement about the new issue of The Change Agent.  The announcement says this about the issue:

How do students support each other to stay in school? How do they work together to find personal and collective solutions to the problems that make it hard for them to stay in school? How do they inspire, motivate, and encourage each other to balance a multitude of demands so that they can stay in school?
 
In this issue, you'll find powerful writings by students and teachers, ready-to-use lesson plans, poetry, math, policy analysis, hands-on activities, and more. There are several cartoons that are great to use at any level but are especially helpful in the ESOL classroom.
 For more information:  www.nelrc.org/changeagent
 

2. BIBLIOGRAPHY OF NEW MATERIALS MENTIONED IN 2007
 
Building Powerful Community Organizations: A Personal Guide to Creating Groups That Can Solve Problems and Change the World By Michael Jacoby Brown. Long Haul Press, 424 pages, 2006 (January Issue)

Beginners Guide to Community-Based Arts: Ten Graphic Stories about Artists, Educators & Activists Across the U.S by Keith Knight and Mat Schwarzman. The New Village Press, 200 pages 2005 (January Issue)

Education For Social Change: The ciee Thailand Approach by Amanda Altman, Kovit Boonjear, Arunee Chupkhunthod, Enoka Herat, Supapim Jongrak, Adisak Kaewrakmuk, Virginia Leavell, Julia MacGlashan, Philip Mangis, Decha Premrudeelert, Ellen Roggemann, David Streckfuss Khon Kaen, Thailand.  2006, 119 pages.  (For copies contact virginia@engagetheworld.org) (February Issue)

Building A Successful Antiwar Movement  Available from Beyond the Choir at http://www.beyondthechoir.org or download at http://www.soaw.org/antiwar_strategy.pdf (February Issue)

The art of social justice: Re-crafting activist adult education and community leadership Edited by Darlene Clover and Joyce Stalker. Naice, May 2007. (February Issue)

Do it yourself: A hand book for changing our world by the Trapese Collective.  Pluto Press, May 2007. (April Issue)

NEW CITIZENSHIP ACTIVISTS: Handbook for Citizenship and Civic Action, Casa de Maryland, Silver Springs, MD, http://www.casademaryland.org/newcitizenshipactivists.htm (May Issue)

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. (August Issue)

RESOURCES FROM SOUL (The School for Unity and Liberation): Training for Trainers Manual, Global Justice Training Manual: Political Education Against the War, A School To Build A Movement: Political Education Workshop Manual, Building Power Sharpening Minds, Support & Accountability: SOUL's Organizational Development and Supervision Model, and Youth Organizing for Community Power: Organizing Skills Training Manual  http://www.youthec.org/soul/soul_sec/resources/re-free_training.html (August Issue)

Weaving Threads of Justice: Highlander Center's 75th Anniversary Book of Years Available from www.highlandercenter.org. (September Issue)

Rising Tide of Climate Control: Resource Packet and Tour Documentation for Trainers and Facilitators http://risingtide.org.uk/pdfs/RTNAtour.pdf (October-November Issue)


3. 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

4.  IN MINNESOTA
Popular Education Week,

Feb 4 – 5, 2008  Workshop in Wilmar, MN
Feb 7 – 9, 2008  Workshop in Minneapolis, MN
The two workshops will be led by two educators from Asociación Equipo Maiz in El Salvador.  The week of popular education training will be for a maximum of 40 participants at each workshop with an emphasis on community organizers and community-base activists and educators.  The week will conclude with a celebration/Fiesta on Saturday, Feb 9.  For information about Asociación Equipo Maiz in Spanish: http://www.equipomaiz.org.sv/HisTodo.html , in English: http://www.popednews.org/epuipo_web_page.htm
For more info contact segoviaf@puc.mn.org


Experimental College

Experimental College (EXCO) seeks people to offer classes during the winter semester. At EXCO our basic principal is that anyone can teach or take a class and all classes are free. Started by Macalester students in Fall 2006 we strive to offer everyone in the Twin Cities community the opportunity to teach or learn in an inclusive space open to all types of skills and knowledge, including and beyond academic knowledge.  We see this as creating an open space to engage with the issues we find important or fascinating, and are working to create a community to foster our collective creativity and to empower each other when facing challenges or making good in the world. We believe education is a powerful tool for social change, one that can build equality and justice in our communities when we value the knowledge of each and every person, particularly those whose voices have been historically marginalized. Register online today! or see a full list of course offerings at www.EXCOtc.org

Online Tools For Community Organizing

December 17, 2007 7:00-8:30 PM Online Tools For Community Organizing Rondo Community Outreach Library, Electronic Classroom
http://pages.e-democracy.org/Rondo_Workshop_Schedule

5. TRAINING OPPORTUNITY IN AUSTRALIA
 
The Ethos Foundation (www.ethosfoundation.org) and Permaforest Trust (www.permaforesttrust.org.au)  have recently established a terrific partnership around post-carbon learning pathways and over the next 6 months, we will start to create a bioregional campus across northern New South Wales and south east Queensland that links education/learning centres, internships sites and career and enterprise mentoring that focus on low and post-carbon transition.
 
To begin the process, they are working together to launch Permaforest Trust's accredited Certificate 4 and Diploma courses in Byron Bay in beautiful northern NSW. These programs will begin in March 2008 and first round applications are invited until November 20 2007.
 
For more information contact Permaforesttrust at:
info@permaforesttrust.org.au, www.permaforesttrust.org.au "...may peace prevail on earth..."


6.  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION BLOGS

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

7.  NEW MIDWEST SOCIAL FORUM ACTIVITY PLANNED

MIDWEST SOCIAL FORUM (MWSF) "Organizing Communities across Boundaries" An Organizing Teach-in sponsored by the Midwest Social Forum MARCH 28-30, 2008 at Wonderland Camp and Conference Center (http://www.wonderlandcamp.com/), Camp Lake, Wisconsin
This weekend-long organizing teach-in is designed to provide a follow- up to the United States and Midwest Social Forums for Midwest-based  grassroots organizations, activists, and students, and to contribute to the continued development of the social justice movement in the  Midwest. The teach-in focuses on the development of collaborative relationships and organizing skills, strategies, and tactics. More specifically, the event is tailored to strengthening regional social and issue area networks and their interconnections, and to providing valuable training in certain key aspects of organizing, focusing in particular on the challenges of building broad-based coalitions across race, gender, class, age, issue area, and other sources of division within the social justice movement. The teach-in will offer a number of high quality workshops and interactive activities designed to enable participants to identify both the interconnections between different communities and struggles as well as the causes of ongoing division among them, and to develop the organizing strategies, tactics, and skills needed to establish stronger social, strategic, and organizational links and thereby break out of the "silos" that have served to segment the social justice movement. 
More information on program, registration, and logistics available soon Go to www.mwsocialforum.org or contact info@mwsocialforum.org or 608-262-0854.

OTHER SOCIAL FORUMS AROUND THE WORLD
For info: http://www.forumsocialmundial.org.br/
8. WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
            
Dec 2–5, 2007 International Researching Work and Learning Conference RWL5
, Cape Town, South Africa http://rwl5.uwc.ac.za

Jan 18-20, 2007 National Conference for Immigrant Rights, Houston, TX, National Network for Immigration and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) http://www.activa.com/go/nnirr

January 18-20, Trapeze Collective 2008  Popular Education Gathering, Height Gate Farm, nr Todmorden, West Yorkshire,  (http://www.woodcraft.org.uk/centres/heightgate/ ) “We would like to bring together other people working with popular.  education methods for a weekend of talks, walks and siting round the fire.  The idea of the weekend would be to reflect, skill share, strategise and network ways of expanding what  we are doing and how we could do it better. We don’t want to host a massive gathering or try to introduce these ideas to those totally new to them but instead get about 30 people together to have a really productive weekend.”  trapese@riseup.net   (We have set up a Word Press blog at www.trapese.wordpress.com where we will be developing ideas for this weekend, other articles etc, so have a look and send any comments.)

Feb 3-10, 2008 Minnesota Popular Education Week (details posted on www.popednews.org)

Fri-Sat. March 7-8, 2008 WE LEARN 5th Annual (Net)Working Conference on Women & Literacy, Fordham Univ. at Lincoln Center, NYC http://www.litwomen.org/news.html

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

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 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

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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 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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10. QUOTE OF THE MONTH

Surely it's no coincidence that the word "listen" is an anagram of the word "silent".  – from http://www.oneliners-and-proverbs.com/


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