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.

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. 44 - January 2007

THIS MONTH'S THEME: COMMUNITY ORGANIZING/ COMMUNITY ARTS


TABLE OF CONTENTS:
1.  A SPECIAL EFFORT CONTINUES
2.  NEW RESOURCES
3.  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION BLOGS
4.  ONLINE RESOURCES
5.  NOTICE ON WORLD ASSEMBLY
6.  UPDATES ON FUTURE SOCIAL FORUMS
7.  WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER (Many additions this month!!)

8.  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES
9. QUOTE OF THE MONTH

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Question for the readers: Is anyone using the formatted version of the newsletter that I have been attaching to the email? I am considering doing only email and web versions.  LO


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1.  THE SPECIAL EFFORT TO GATHER POPULAR EDUCATORS AT THE PTO CONFERENCE IN MINNEAPOLIS MAY 31 – JUNE 3, 2007CONTINUES
 
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/
 
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2.  NEW RESOURCES
 
I was alerted to the two new books listed below by the new edition of the Bookstore Catalog from the Highlander Research and Education Center.  Their bookstore has become the best overall source for popular education and organizing materials.  Online ordering is now possible.  http://www.highlandercenter.org/resources.asp   
 
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

It includes details how to:

 Horace Small, Union of Minority Neighborhoods, says of the book:  “Finally, Mike Brown has done what no one else has. Simply put, this is the best book on community organizing that I have ever read. Chock full of stories, and practical instruction in the practice of organizing written in a way that everyone can understand. Get it! Read it!! Use it!!"  For other reactions to the book: http://www.buildingpowerfulcommunityorganizations.com/reactions.html

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

Ten transformative local arts projects come alive in this comics-illustrated training manual for youth leaders and teachers. This energetic guidebook demonstrates the enormous power of art in grassroots social change. It presents proven models of community-based arts programs, plus techniques, discussion questions, and plentiful resources.

Erika Kohl concludes her online review of the book by saying “While the Beginner’s Guide to Community-Based Arts is primarily directed at youth leaders and organizations, many of the insights and examples involve difficult, long-term organizing processes to address complex societal problems. To facilitate an effective, broad-based community effort, like some of the activities proposed in the book, is not easy. And tackling the difficult issues that emerge, such as juvenile incarceration, adult-onset diabetes in Native communities and the enduring struggle for worker rights, will not be achieved overnight. So don’t let the short, inspiring comic-book style and accessible language fool you. This is a book that should be taken seriously by anyone interested in doing the kind of social-change work previewed from the "roadside" in this guide.  For the full review http://www.communityarts.net/readingroom/archivefiles/2005/11/community_artis.php
 
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3.  ONLINE RESOURCES
 
From Lisa VeneKlasen at Just Associates: “ short publications from our work that deal with popular education in different ways.”

 To download these resources http://www.justassociates.org

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4.  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION BLOGS

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

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5. 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
 

6. 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/
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7. 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

Jan 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/

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

Feb 3-4, 2007 With PopEd against G8 and for another world! (European Meeting for the Coordination of people interested in the methodics of Popular Educationin the context of the mobilisation against G8.) Berlin  For info infotour@gipfelsoli.org

March 1-4, 2007, Their Wars Left Behind: Education for Action, The Rouge Forum hosts at Wayne State University, Detroit Michigan.  For info http://www.pipeline.com/~rgibson/rouge_forum/TheirWarsLeft%20Behind.htm 

Spring 2007 (dates not yet set) Cross-border Dialogue on Popular Education and Global Economic Power  Just Associates is collaborating with the Toronto Labour Education Centre and a range of economic justice and workers’ organizations in Mexico, the USA and Canada   http://www.justassociates.org/

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, 2007
Critical Connections: Education for Social Change International Conference, Queen Margaret University College iIn collaboration with the Institute for International Health & Development and the School of Social Science, Media & Communications, A call for proposals by theme: Arts for Social Justice (contact sknight@qmuc.ac.uk), Popular Education (contact escandrett@qmuc.ac.uk), Resilience, Rights and Recovery (contact sfustukian@qmuc.ac.uk)  For info 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/

June14-17, 2007 Class Matters: Working-Class Culture and Counter-Culture Annual Conference of the Working-Class Studies Association, Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota.  For info  rachleff@macalester.edu

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

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8.  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

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9. PROVERB OF THE MONTH

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Every time an old person dies it is as if a library has burnt down Mandinka Proverb

 
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