THIS MONTHS THEME: COMMUNITY ORGANIZING, PART II - YOUTH

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.

NO. 12 JANUARY 2004

A monthly newsletter about the Popular Education/Community Organizing Resources Collection in the Penny Lernoux Memorial Library at the Resource Center of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406. It is a collection of practical materials for facilitators and practitioners to improve the educational work in our movements for democratic social change. The three main parts of the collection are 1) Materials in English, 2) Materials in Spanish, 3) Books by Paulo Freire some titles in Spanish. An annotated bibliography with links to where to purchase materials is at www.americas.org (follow library/popular education link).

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

REVIEWS OF THE MONTH
A NEW RESOURCE IN OUR COLLECTION
ONLINE YOUTH ORGANIZING RESOURCES
LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES
WHAT IS POPULAR EDUCATION? DEFINITION OF THE MONTH

INCLUDED BELOW IS A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT, "WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER IN 2004"

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REVIEWS OF THE MONTH

The CO/MOTION Guide to Youth-Led Social Change by Leigh Dingerson and Sarah H. Hay. Alliance for Justice, 1998, 242 pages. This manual is part of the CO/MOTION program that engages young people in action. The guide is filled with examples of people who are making a difference today -- securing increased funding for recreational activities, providing support for low-paid restaurant workers, changing school curricula, and seeing that polluted sites are cleaned up. The book is divided into 14 sections: A tradition of Social Change; Power and Change; Define and Research the Issue, Organize: Build an Community; Recruiting Allies: Networks and Coalitions; The Campaign Plan; Actions: The Stepping Stones of Your Campaign; Meetings; Writing and Telling Your Story; Sending Your Message Through the Media; Managing Conflict; Making and Meeting a Budget; and Monitoring and Evaluating. The Appendix includes a glossary and a bibliography and other resources.

Be the Difference: A Beginners Guide to Changing the World by Danny Seo; foreword by Deepak Chopra. New Society Publishers, 2001, 171 pages. After retiring as CEO of Earth 2000 National, a 25,000-member environmental group he founded at the astonishing age of 12, Danny Seo continued to receive thousands of letters from young people asking, How do you do it? The result is this energized primer that shows would-be world changers all they need to get on with changing the world. Whats more, its easy to do! Seo shares his hard-won skills to help everyone who wants to make a difference in their community. It includes how to start your own organization, develop concrete strategies that really work, raise money, get media exposure, change your school, work with businesses, make legislators listen, and more. Be the Difference is a clear, concise, and upbeat voice for change. Its emphasis on social action for service and personal growth is likely to appeal especially to teenagers, those at college, and women wanting to make a difference. The book will also find a ready place in the back pockets of everyone wanting clever strategies and inspiring ideas for their own organizations. Seo has appeared on Oprah, and is a recipient of her Angel Network Award; he has also been on Leeza, The View, and CNN and featured in People magazine. Named by Swing magazine as most powerful 20-something in America, he has written other books including Generation React, Heaven on Earth, and, soon to be published, Conscious Style Home (St. Martins Press). He lives in New York City. Building Community:

A Tool Kit for Youth & Adults in Charting Assets and Creating Change by The Innovation Center for Community & Youth Development and National 4-H Council/Tides Center, 2001, 234 pages. This book is a remarkably through and clear guide to initiating community organizing, developing youth-adult partnerships, and strengthening community projects in progress. It is based on five guiding principles/steps: defining core principles, building group readiness to organize itself and others, designing and implementatiing a group vision, effecting change, and making sure projects are sustainable. Emphasis throughout this tool kit is on creating democratic, open communication between youth and adults, as well as tapping into community resources. The book can be used as a course in community organizing, or applied chapter by chapter to projects already in progress.

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A NEW RESOURCE IN OUR COLLECTION

Participatory WORKSHOPS: A Sourcebook of 21 Sets of Ideas and Activities by Robert Chambers. Earthscan Publications Ltd., 2002, 220 pages. Participatory WORKSHOPS is a sourcebook for all who work with others on participatory learning and change. It provides ideas and options for facilitators, trainers, teachers and presenters, and anyone who organizes and manages workshops, courses, classes and other events for sharing and learning. Drawing on a rich variety of experiences and ideas from innovators in many countries and on the authors own efforts and errors, it is written in a spirit of critical reflection and serious fun. Presenting 21 sets of ideas, activities and tips, this sourcebook covers topics such as getting started, seating arrangements, forming groups, managing large numbers, helping each other learn, analysis and feedback, dealing with dominators, evaluation and ending, coping with horrors, and common mistakes. The 21s are designed to make sharing, learning, and teaching, more participatory, enjoyable and effective in voluntary, government and private sector organizations; in schools, universities and training institutes; in management training; in community development; in preparing and managing workshops and conferences; and in presentations, seminars and even lectures.

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ONLINE YOUTH ORGANIZING RESOURCES

funders collaborative on youth organizing has a collection of back issues of their newsletter as an interesting resource section on their web site http://www.fcyo.org/resources.html

At The Table has 14 downloadable resources with an emphasis on research. Among the links is one to Bibliography: Youth Action: Annotated Bibliography & Key Resources that includes a section of How-to Guides and a list of national organizations. http://www.atthetable.org/resource.asp?ID=15

Alliance for Justice web site includes a Student Action Campaign Organizers Manual http://www.allianceforjustice.org/student/student_action_campaign/sac_manual%20.pdf

A short article about "How to Make Your Community and Schools Safe and Respectful of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth" http://www.project10east.org/communityorg.html

The Minnesota Sweatfree Schools Campaign! has some resources and advice on organizing on http://www.americas.org/youth/YO_sweatfree.htm

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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 )
*IPEA (www.peopleseducation.org/ )
*Resource Center of the Americas (www.americas.org )
*Growing Communities for Peace (www.humanrightsandpeacestore.org )
Project South (www.projectsouth.org )
Center for Popular Education and Participatory Research (www.gse.berkeley.edu/research/pepr/ )
Pop Ed Links Directory (www.flora.org/mike/links/poped.html)
WE LEARN: Women Expanding-Literacy Education Action Resource Network(http://www.litwomen.org/news/issue1.html)

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WHAT IS POPULAR EDUCATION? DEFINITION OF THE MONTH

There is no such thing as a neutral educational process. Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate the integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity to it, or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world. --From Richard Shaull in the Introduction to Pedagogy of the Oppressed

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A calm sea does not make a skilled sailor. --African proverb *********************************************************************

This newsletter is produced by the Popular Education Resource Collection Circle. Betsy Barnum and Larry Olds worked on this issue. You can contribute to future issues by sending suggestions, notices of materials and short reviews to lolds@popednews.org. Help improve the newsletter. Subscribe by sending your email address to lolds@popednews.org. ************************************************************************

THE POPULAR EDUCATION NEWS - SUPPLEMENT

JANUARY 2004

WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER IN 2004
(Please send suggestions to be included in future issues of this Supplement)

May 28 - 30, 2004 AERC-CASAE/AERC 2004 Joint Conference (Pre-Conference May 27, 2004): Adult Education for Democracy, Social Justice and a Culture of Peace http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/CASAE/cnf2004/cnf2004.html http://www.edst.educ.ubc.ca/aerc/informat.htm

June 8 - 11, 2004 MPAMBO Multiversity: An International Conference at the Source of the Nile, Jinja, UgandaWe Are One People: Multiple Dreams Of A Different World, Transforming Thought, Learning and Action: The 2004 Afrikan World Encounter On Building New Futures. For information mpambo@yahoo.com .

July 20 - 24, 2004 The Centre for Popular Education, University of Technology, Sydney: PopEd Community Cultural Development School: Unlocking the Creativity of Communities. For more information please go to www.cpe.uts.edu.au E-mail: cpe@uts.edu.au.

September 16-18, 2004 Popular Education Network (PEN): The Third International Conference Of The Popular Education Network will be held at The University Of Minho (Unit For Adult Education), Braga, Portugal. For information contact jim crowther@education.ed.ac.uk or see the PEN website http://www.neskes.net/pen/

December 6 - 8, 2004 Centre for Popular Education, City Campus of University of Technology, Sydney, Australia International Conference: Education and Social Action 2004 http://www.cpe.uts.edu.au/forums/2004conference.html