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No. 66 February - April 2010                   

TABLE OF CONTENTS:      

Column I
1.  NEW AT HIGHLANDER CENTER BOOKSTORE
2.  CASA DE MARYLAND RESOURCES
2.  MISC  ANNOUNCEMENTS
3.  ONLINE, DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES (see new items below)
4.  WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
5.
  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES
Column II
5.  PROVERB OF THE MONTH
6.  IN MINNESOTA

1.  NEW AT HIGHLANDER CENTER BOOKSTORE

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What Did They Say? A Social Change Interpreter Curriculum by Roberto Tijerina, Highlander Center, 2009
This curriculum has been developed and used for trainings for language interpreters at the Highlander Center and elsewhere. It is a popular education analysis and skill-building tool for training interpreters for social justice settings. Paperback, spiral bound, 75 pages. $25.00

 

 
 
cover ENGLISH FOR ORGANIZING: AN ESOL WORKBOOK FOR IMMIGRANT WORKERS

This intermediate (Level 3 or 4) ESOL curriculum uses Popular Education methodology to teach employment rights and advocacy along with English grammar and vocabulary. Its eight units explore themes of immigration stories, looking for work, workers' rights, union organizing, civil rights, social change and more. Language: English with some Spanish, 99 pages, Soft cover $10.00


For these and additional new titles see http://www.highlandercenter.org/r-b-new.asp


2.  CASA DE MARYLAND RESOURCES

New titles are available from Casa de Maryland since this organization was last mentioned in this newsletter in Issue No. 48, May 2007:  http://www.casademaryland.org/

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2. MISC ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Recent hour long interview by David Rovics of Larry Olds (this newsletter’s publisher and editor) on Popular Education  archived on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/davidrovics/2010/03/29/popular-education.
  • Denise Nadeau reports from British Columbia that the keynote addresses, panels and plenaries of The Redistribution of Wealth Conference March 5-7 are now online, in audio and video, at www.interfaithjustpeace.org.
  • From Steve Schnapp at United for a Fair Economy comes information about the Freedom Schools curriculum used by a coalition of civil rights organizations during Mississippi Freedom Summer in 1964. Amazing popular education pre-Freire <http://www.educationanddemocracy.org/ED_FSC.html
  • MA in Community Education, Equality and Social Activism in Ireland: Another world is possible: learning from each other's struggles.  For more information, please contact the Dept. of Adult and Community Education, NUI Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland at adcomed@nuim.ie or (+353-1) 7083937. The course website is http://ceesa-ma.blogspot.com.
  • Australia’s The Change Agency continues its outstanding eNews full of information about resources and their activist education activities: http://www.thechangeagency.org/
  • Received from Herb Kohl recently a call for replacing the “Race to the top” with a “Race to Equity” initiative.  For a discussion see http://educationpolicyblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/education-race-to-equity-instead-of.html
  • A charming video in a “popular” style, link forwarded by Howard Ehrman with Little Village Environmental Justice Organization in Chicago: http://storyofstuff.org/bottledwater/
  • From the newsletter of Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) in Toronto (www.csew.ca) comes this interesting link on WHO RULES AMERICA: POWER, POLITICS, & SOCIAL CHANGE: “As of 2007, the top 1% of households (the upper class) owned 34.6% of all privately held wealth, and the next 19% (the managerial, professional, and small business stratum) had 50.5%, which means that just 20% of the people owned a remarkable 85%, leaving only 15% of the wealth for the bottom 80% (wage and salary workers).” Read more: http://sociology.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/power/wealth.html

 

3. DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES  (Please send information about other links. -- the editor)

From the last issue of the newsletter

4. WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER

March 5-6, 2010 7th Annual (Net)Working Gathering & Conference on Women & Literacy WELEARN, University of Rhode Island, Feinstein Providence Campus, Providence RI (Mar 4, 2010 Special Gathering 1:00 – 4:30 pm: Journeys to the Center: Spiritual Supports for Our Teaching & Learning) http://www.litwomen.org/welearn.html

March 5-7, 2010 REDISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH: Economic and Environmental Justice from Indigenous and Faith Perspectives (A conference which draws on faith traditions to present alternatives in the context of the global economic crisis) Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph St, Vancouver (Coast Salish Territory), British Columbia, Canada http://www.interfaithjustpeace.org/program.php

June 3-6, 2010 The 16th Annual Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference: Flex and Flexibility:When to bend? When to stretch? When to engage?  Austin, Texas, (with pre and post-conference workshops) http://www.ptoweb.org/conference.html

June 22-26, 2010 US Social Forum: Another World Is Possible, Another US Is Necessary, Detroit MI http://www.ussf2010.org/ussf2

 

5FOR LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES  click here
A Google search for "popular education" produces an interesting list that is more focused than it has been in the past.  Also the wikipedia entry for popular education is interesting and in the opinion of this newsletter, needs some revising and additions.  Finally, the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) has important global links to the work.
 

 

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6. PROVERB OF THE MONTH

Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade.

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7. IN MINNESOTA

April 8 Twin Cities USSF planning at Sabathani Center, 6 pm USSF information, 6:30 organizing.  Planning meetings are also scheduled for Monday, April 19, Thursday, May 6, Monday, May 17, Thursday, June 3.  For more information contact kate.eubank@gmail.com , brewe001@umn.edu, or raffo95@gmail.com

May 11, 2010 Globalization and Workers in the Food Industry 7 pm Macalester College, Weyerhaeuser Chapel,
Deborah Barndt is a popular educator, author of several of the classic popular education manuals available to download from www.popednews.org.  She is also an internationally known speaker and author of Tangled Routes: Women, Work and Globalization on the Tomato Trail. Now a York University professor, she will discuss globalization and workers in the food industry, focusing on two campaigns of resistance and creative alternatives – the imaginative work of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in southern Florida and the FoodShed Project recently initiated in Toronto.

May 19, 2010 Allies for Justice Celebration, Nicollet Island Pavilion / Minneapolis.  Join the 12th annual Allies for Justice celebration, an evening honoring our diverse experiences, our common humanity and social justice activism

May 21-23, 2010 6th Annual Ceremonia Chalchiutlicue & Environmental Justice Summit.  Danza Mexica Cuauhtémoc of Minnesota and the Chalchiutlicue Environmental Project cordially invite you to participate in any part of our three day event including a conference, community celebration, and festival honoring the waters of the world. The weekend celebration includes: Environmental justice summit, Traditional Azteca Chalchiutlicue dance ceremony , Information Tables , Artisan Vendors , Community Feast, and More!  All events are free and open to the public!

June 5, 2010 People's Movement Assembly (PMA), noon to 5 pm (location to be announced).  The purposes of this gathering include making and strengthening our connections, discussing the conditions in our communities or a particular issue (homelessness, immigration, environmental justice, peace, etc.), and mobilizing and preparing for Twin Cities area participation in the  USSF2, the 2nd United States Social Forum that will be in Detroit June 22 - 26. http://www.ussf2010.org/ussf2


For information about participating in planning for these future events send an email to lolds@popednews.org)

  • Gathering on the Vision of Folk Education and Folk Schools for Community Building and Democracy (summer of 2010)
  • Multilingual Capacity Building for Justice with Roberto Tijerina, formerly on the staff of the Highlander Center (fall 2010)
  • Follow-up Workshop on Popular Education for Recipients of the Library in a Box.