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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. 35 February 2006

THIS MONTH'S THEME: RACISM IN ORGANIZATIONS

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. EDITORIAL
2. COMMENTS ON DANCING WITH LIVE EMBERS
3. A SPANISH VERSION OF A NEW WEAVE
4. UPDATES ON FUTURE SOCIAL FORUMS
5. WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
6. LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES
7. QUOTE OF THE MONTH

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1. EDITORIAL

I missed my dinner. An hour before dinnertime I picked up the book, Dancing on Live Embers, to begin to read it in order to write a review for this newsletter. After three hours of being fully engaged, oblivious to passing time I finally set the book aside. I knew that as a white person I should not do this review alone. I must find a person of color, an anti-racist activist, to join me, or better to join a white person who has also struggled with racism in organizations, to do the review together. It is clear to me that the book is an important contribution. In place of a review I have published below some quotes about the book by people who were fortunate enough to read it before publication that the authors have included in the book. I’ll publish a proper review as soon as it is available.

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2. COMMENTS ON DANCING ON LIVE EMBERS: Challenging Racism in Organizations by Barb Thomas, Tina Lopes, Margie Adam, Between the Lines, 2006, 416 pages To purchase contact Between the Lines

A brave book. I can’t wait to refer it to others and use it in myn own work. Just as you shift the paradigm from people of color as the problem, to ‘racism and white privilege’ as the problem, so this book should be directed to those it seeks to empower. – Charles C. Smith, anti-racist activist, educator, writer, and organizational change consultant.

From the perspective of a white labour educator I found this book full of moments of revelation. It made me feel like an awkward teenager again, as though I had learned to navigate using a bad map and now it is time to learn again. – Adriane Paavo, Education Officer, Saskatchewan Goevernment and General Employees Union

It’s excellent, really excellent. The case scenarios are so helpful because they give you that experiential sense. And there are so many ways of looking at the issues – through charts, diagrams, points, cases. – Janet Wilson, Executive Director, Bereaved Families of Ontario, Toronto Chapter

The case studies are excellent, as is the analysis which is subtle and complex. I recognized many situations and dilemmas, and found myself revisiting lots of experiences of my own. – Nora Allingham, educator and equity worker, former Access Initiatives Co-ordinator at York University

This book is grounded in a wide variety of experience and encourages readers to adapt it to their own particular conditions. For example, the section on English second language work in Calgary gave me food for thought regarding French second language work, crucial for advancing anti-racism work here in Quebec. – Don McKay, Staff Rep. Communications, Energy, and Paperworkers Union

Addressing discomfort and resistance are very important. You do that without flinching and I like that. I also like the excerpts from the interviews and quotes by those working in leadership positions and at the grassroots level. – Gayle Nye, community and labour educator

The conversations between Tina and Barb are powerful. The lessons from their experience will be a valuable eye-opener for those who have the courage to read these conversations with an unbiased eye. – Carol Anderson, Associate Director of Education, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Union

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3. A SPANISH VERSION OF A NEW WEAVE

The Spanish version of the action guide, A New Weave of Power, People & Politics, called Un Nuevo Tejido del Poder, Los Pueblos y La Política: Guía de Acción para la Incidencia y la Participación Ciudadana and is available through ActionAid Guatemala at: http://www.actionaidguatemala.org/espa%F1ol/Home/homepage.htm

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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).

2006 Polycentric World Forum in Karachi will be held March 24–29, 2006 (www.wsf2006karachi.org).

UNITED STATES SOCIAL FORUM (USSF)

The (USSF) Planning Committee recently announced that the USSF has been postponed until summer 2007. In 2006, the U.S. will focus on developing regional processes leading to the summer 2007 gathering. The U.S. has 10 regional committees. Some regions will conduct a Regional Social Forum in 2006, while others are electing to have regional planning meetings in the summer of 2006. Regardless of format, the 2006 events will prepare for the 2007 USSF. For Information see www.ussocialforum.org or contact United States Social Forum, 211 10th St. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102 Tel: 505-247-8832

MIDWEST SOCIAL FORUM (MSF)

The MSF will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin July 6-9, 2006. The planning committee met in Madison Wisconsin Jan 20-21, 2006. A process for adding participant to the planning process was developed. For information www.mwsocialforum.org

EUROPEAN SOCIAL FORUM (ESF) The ESF will take place in Athens, Greece, in April 2006. For further information: http://www.fse-esf.org/

OTHER SOCIAL FORUMS AROUND THE WORLD For info: http://www.forumsocialmundial.org.br

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3. ADDITIONS TO WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER

March 8-12, 2006 Being Change: the Way of the Activist Highlander Center, New Market, TN (outside of Knoxville) A 5-day retreat for activists from across the country organised by stone circles. For information contact Margie Hattori, Margie@stonecircles.org 919/682-8323

March 10 - 11, 2006 3rd Annual (Net)Working Conference on Women & Literacy - Moving to Power & Participation Sponsored by: WE LEARN / Women Expanding­Literacy Education Action Resource Network info http://www.litwomen.org/welearn.html

March 17-19, 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

April 7-9, 2006, Northwest Region Immigrant and Refugee Rights Training Institute (WA, OR, ID, MT, UT, CO, WY) Portland, OR (The Training Institute is an opportunity for immigrant and refugee community organizers and activists to gain training on using the BRIDGE Project curriculum and other popular education resources in their work; as well as trainings on topics such as turning out immigrant/refugee community votes in an election year; human rights abuse documentation; and more! ) For a copy of the application form, visit http://www.nnirr.org/NWTrainingInstitute.htm.

April 26-29, 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

May 18-21, 2006 Annual PTO Conference: Engaging Community: Creating Critical Praxis, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Pre-conference workshops with Augusto Boal, post-conference workshops with Michael Rohd) For Information (http://www.ptoweb.org)

June 5 - 9, 2006 International Seminar on Literacy and post literacy Policies and programs Ministry of Education of the Republic of Cuba and UNESCO at Palace of Conventions , Havana City , Cuba delreal@iplac.rimed.cu   www.iplac.rimed.cu

June 7-10, 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

June 25-27, 2006 Peace Education Conference (part of the World Peace Forum) British Columbia Teachers' Federation. For further info and proposals www.bctf.ca

July 2 – 5, 2006 International Conference on RETHINKING EDUCATIONAL CHANGE Al Akhawayn University and Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace, Ifrane, Morocco (We believe education should have the power to transform lives, enabling continued profound positive change and personal growth, to ultimately build a better world.) http://www.ghfp.org/

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

January 2007 (Before the World Social Forum) International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) 2007 World Assembly Nairibi, Kenya

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4. 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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5. QUOTE OF THE MONTH

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Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerless and the powerful means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. – Paulo Freire
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