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. 54 January 2008                                                            Theme: INTERCULTURAL WORK

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:
1.  NEW RESOURCE FROM PARTNERS IN IRELAND
2.  ALSO OF INTEREST ON CULTURAL WORK AND ANTI-RACISM
3.  RESOURCE ON ADULT EDUCATION AND SOCIAL CONTROL
 
4.  ONLINE, DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES
5.  IN MINNESOTA
6.  TRAINING OPPORTUNITY IN AUSTRALIA
7.
  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION BLOGS
8.
  NEW MIDWEST SOCIAL FORUM ACTIVITY PLANNED
9.
  WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
10.
  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES
11. QUOTE OF THE MONTH

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With this issue The Popular Education News begins its sixth year.  For most of that period of time the physical collection of materials reviewed or mentioned in the newsletter has been located in the library at the Resource Center of the Americas.  Unfortunately the Resource Center was closed suddenly in mid-August, the web site – one of the best sources for information on Latin America in English – was closed down, and the building, the library, and other assets are being liquidated.  Some sort of organization will be re-born after a new board is elected later this month.  Fortunately we have preserved the popular education and community organizing collection and are now weighing options for a new home where it will be accessible to activist, organizers, and educators in the Twin cities communities.  Perhaps finally getting the Annotated Bibliography on the web site updated will happen with the finding of a new home for the materials.
 
I would like to thank all readers of the newsletter who have sent comments or notes expressing the value of the newsletter to you, or otherwise offering support and encouragement.  Please help keep the newsletter going by sending  *Information about new materials * Links to web sites with downloadable resources * Links to online resources * Notices of where popular educators will gather *   And other good information
 
Best wishes for all in the New Year!  
Larry Olds

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1.  NEW RESOURCE FROM PARTNERS IN IRELAND
Partners Intercultural Companion to Training for Transformation:  Exercises, Processes, Resources, and Reflections for Intercultural Work
written by Maureen Sheehy, Frank Naughton, and Collette O'Reagan.  Partners Training for Transformation, 24 Northbrook Road, Dublin 6 Ireland partners@circom.net 
http://www.trainingfortransformation.ie/




It was exciting to receive copies of this new manual.  There has not been enough time yet to review it, but from first impressions it appears to be an extraordinary rich resource.  Partners had published an earlier companion volume to the Training for Transformation series of four books. (See May 2004 and June-July 2004 issues of this newsletter.  Here is what the promotional flyer says about this new volume:
For several years Partners Training for Transformation has been gathering and developing and engaging in intercultural work and training with communities, organisations and groups in Ireland and elsewhere.  This book is the fruit of our work and we are happy to offer it as a resource to others engaged in similar work.
 
It is a compilation of the exercises, processes, resources and reflections designed, developed or adapted and used by facilitators over several years and draws mainly from the experience of PARTNERS’ work in Ireland, Wales, England, Scotland and in a European Grundtvig Learning experience. It also draws on the experience of PARTNERS’ facilitators who have been associated with Training for Transformation programmes in several African and Asian countries and with Concern America (ed. http://www.concernamerica.org/socialjusticeed.html ) who promote and are associated with Training for Transformation in Central and North America.
 
This publication will be of particular interest to anyone who works in formal or non-formal settings with groups involved in community development, community education, adult education, development education and overseas development, it will also be of interest to those whose lives or work situations involve a significant intercultural dimension.
 
The content includes exercises, processes, resources and reflections for topics such as understanding culture, identity and culture, racism, culture and communication, cultural values, development interventions, power, language and many other areas of intercultural work.  This resource book has been produced to add to what is already available in Partners’ Companion to Training for Transformation (2001) and in the four Training for Transformation Handbooks by Anne Hope and Sallly Timmel (Training for Transformation Institute, Box 80 Kleinmond, 7195 South Africa, 1999)
 
2. ALSO OF INTEREST ON CULTURAL WORK AND ANTI-RACISM
TEACH ME TO THUNDER A TRAINING MANUAL FOR ANTI-RACISM TRAINERS, by Alma Estable, Mechthild Meyer and Gordon Pon. From the Margin Publishing & the Canadian Labour Congress, 1997. (Reviewed September 2003)

TRAINING FOR TRANSFORMATION A HANDBOOK FOR COMMUNITY WORKERS, BOOK 4, by Anne Hope and Sally Timmel. International Technology Development Group, 1999. (Reviewed September 2003)

BRIDGE: Building a Race and Immigration Dialogue in the Global Economy- A Popular Education Resource for Immigrant & Refugee Community Organizers by Eunice Hyunhye Cho, Francisco Arguelles Paz a Punte, Miriam Ching Yoon Louie, and Sasha Khokha. National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, 2004, 305 pages. (Reviewed September 2004)

DANCING ON LIVE EMBERS: Challenging Racism in Organizations by Barb Thomas, Tina Lopes, Margie Adam, Between the Lines, 2006, 416 pages (Reviewed February 2006)
Other resources that address similar issues can be found via the Annotated Bibliography link on the www.popednews.org web site.

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3. RESOURCE ON ADULT EDUCATION AND SOCIAL CONTROL

Thanks to David Greene from NYC for sending the link to the interesting article he has written, Gatekeepers: The Role of Adult Education Practitioners and Programs in Social Control in Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies  http://www.jceps.com/print.php?articleID=107


4. 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
Partners Training for Transformation http://www.trainingfortransformation.ie/
5.  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
All the spaces in the workshop are full and registration is closed, but join us for a fiesta and report to the community on Saturday evening, Feb 9 - location TBA.

6. 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..."


7.  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION BLOGS

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

8.  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/

9. WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
            
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 (see above or details posted on www.popednews.org)

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

March 17-21, 2008 Popular Education for Labor Educators with Tess Ewing and Anneta Argyres, Labor Resource Center at UMass Boston  “This one week intensive course will expose students to the theories of adult learning and Freirean philosophy that underpin “popular education,” as well as explore with students different popular education approaches and tools­including the use of triggers, generative themes, and “forum theatre.” For information  www.cpcs.umb.edu/lrc

March 28-30, 2008 MIDWEST SOCIAL FORUM (MWSF) "Organizing Communities across Boundaries" An Organizing Teach-in sponsored by the Midwest Social Forum  at Wonderland Camp and Conference Center (http://www.wonderlandcamp.com/), Camp Lake, Wisconsin (more info above)

April 8-11, 2008 "WORKER RIGHTS AS HUMAN RIGHTS: What Implications for Organized Labor and Labor Education?" United Association for Labor Education (UALE), Minneapolis April 8-11, 2008 "WORKER RIGHTS AS HUMAN RIGHTS: What Implications for Organized Labor and Labor Education?" United Association for Labor Education (UALE), Minneapolis www.uale.org

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

October 16-18, 2008, Learning Democracy by Doing: Alternative Practices in Citizenship Learning and Participatory Democracy, The Transformative Learning Centre, Toronto, Canada. http://tlc.oise.utoronto.ca/


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10.  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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11. QUOTE OF THE MONTH

A society grows great when old people plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.  Greek Proverb

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