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.

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Special Issue for the Pedagogy and Theater of the Oppressed Conference May 31 - June 3, 2007

No. 49 June-July 2007                           

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

1.  2007 POPULAR EDUCATION FUND ARTS AWARDS
2.  PTO PLANNERS ADD POPULAR EDUCATION ACTIVITIES FOR PARTICIPANTS
3.  EDITORIAL: CHALLENGES FOR POPULAR EDUCATION
4.  WIKIPEDIA'S POPULAR EDUCATION ENTRIES
5.  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION BLOGS
6.  UPDATES ON USSF
7.  WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
8.  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES
9. QUOTE OF THE MONTH

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1.  2007 POPULAR EDUCATION FUND ARTS AWARDS GIVEN AT PTO CONFERENCE

The  Popular Education Fund  is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2007Award for Contributions of Music in the Struggle for Justice and Peace was Larry Long and the recipient of the 2007 Award for Contributions in the Visual Arts in the Struggle for Justice and Peace was Ricardo Levins Morales.  The awards were presented at plenary sessions as part of the program the Pedagogy and Theater of the Oppressed Conference in Minneapolis May 31-June 3, 2007.  The Popular Education Fund is a small fund that supports popular education activities in Minnesota.  For more information about these two award recipients see their web sites: http://www.ricardolevinsmorales.com/ and www.larrylong.org .

The Fund is dedicated to improving the educational work in social movements against oppression and for democracy, sustainability, social justice, and peace.  It can provide (1) small grants to social movement organizations to assist in funding collaborative workshops to learn popular education theory and practice (collaborative means 3 or more organizations get together to plan and host the workshop), (2) small grants to individuals to help them attend popular education workshops and conferences, and (3) presentations to small and large groups introducing popular education theories and practice.  The annual awards which is accompanied by a cash gift are for Contributions of music to the struggle for justice and peace, Contributions of spoken word and theater to the struggle for justice and peace, and Contributions of visual arts to the struggle for justice and peace.  In the awarding of small grants the Popular Education Fund will privilege young activists and people of color involved in social movement organizations. 
 
In making the annual awards for contributions of music, spoken word and theater, and the visual arts the Fund will privilege those who use these art forms in popular education work in social movement contexts as well as for performance.  Among the ways these art forms can be used in popular education work, e.g., in participatory processes, are to relay history and story, to create or strengthen community, to inspire and give hope, and as a tool of voice for creating knowledge for people’s own purposes.

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2.  PTO PLANNERS ADD POPULAR EDUCATION ACTIVITIES  FOR PARTICIPANTS

PTO conference participants had the opportunity to participate in constructing a Tree of Knowledges and a River Timeline for the Pedagogy and Theater of the Oppressed Movement.  The Tree and River Timeline are two visually rich popular education tools for gathering the knowledge of the participants and for beginning the process of analyzing and deepening that knowledge.  Both activities, facilitated by volunteers, took place in the gathering space for the event, the place where morning coffee and lunches were served and where people met for conversations and dialogue.  A Popular Education Library was also on display in this area. 



                                                


Victor Cole, Minneapolis, adds a leaf to the Tree of Knowledges on which is written words for knowledge of "use to him in his life and work now" that has come for self-teaching.  Other parts of the tree were:  Roots - knowledge from family and ancestors,  Bark - knowledge from formal schooling, flowers - knowledge from the arts, and buds - expectations of knowledge to be gained from the PTO Conference.   In the other picture Gail Burton, Boston, approaches the Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Movement River Timeline to add one of her origami boats to carry us into the future.  She has already placed a sticky note with her name and the date she first came in contact with the river, and perhaps, other sticky notes identifying events that were important parts of the movement.

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3. EDITORIAL: CHALLENGES FOR POPULAR EDUCATION

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4.  WIKIPEDIA'S POPULAR EDUCATION ENTRIES

Check out Wikipedia’s popular education entry which highlights the history of popular education in the French context.  The web pages also contain some good links to related topics.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popular_education
 

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5.  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION BLOGS

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

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6. UPDATES ON FUTURE SOCIAL FORUMS

UNITED STATES SOCIAL FORUM (USSF)
 
June 27 - July 1, 2007          PLAN IT!                   BUILD IT!                 BRING IT!

The US Social Forum will be a unique opportunity for all participants to develop relationships, collaborative campaigns, and a greater awareness of others’ issues and programs. The Forum will bring hope, insight and inspiration to all those who attend. The USSF will send a powerful message to people’s movements around the world that there are active movements in this country that oppose US policies and are developing strategic community-based alternatives to our current destructive economic systems. The USSF will gather social and economic justice organizers, environmentalists, peace & justice activists, community-based organizations, Indigenous nations, unions, and students to confront our most pressing contemporary concerns. The US Social Forum will address key issues facing our communities such as white supremacy, local/global economic justice, and movement building. Your minds, hearts, visions, voices, and hands are needed!

ORGANIZE AND REPRESENT YOUR COMMUNITY
Bring a delegation: Organizations and sectors around the country have committed to mobilizing young people, women, regional caravans, and members. Host educational events to prepare and organize buses to come to Atlanta. For example: Sister Song Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective is coordinating a national women’s caucus to participate and generate ideas.

Bring a Workshop, Strategy Session, Cultural Project, Action Plan, or Celebration: The Program Working Group will coordinate with facilitators and presenters to provide a broad spectrum of activities in order for all participants to learn, share, and strategize. If you want to submit a proposal to present a workshop, read the guidelines and fill out the form online.

Plan your annual meeting/gathering to coincide with the Forum: Gather your members and meet in Atlanta during this unprecedented national forum. Holding your meeting during the Forum will allow your leaders and constituents to build bridges with others, connecting issues and groups. Jobs With Justice, for example, is committed to hosting their 1,500 person Annual Meeting in Atlanta at the USSF.

Organize a Tent: Social Forums are open spaces. Apply to set up a tent to host events on any issue or to gather people and discuss specific strategies to move your work forward. Coordinate with the Local Logistics Working Group to establish site - You will be responsible for bringing what you need. For example: the Poor People’s Economic & Human Rights Campaign is planning to set up a Bushville Tent City and lead actions on water rights. The Youth Working Group will host a Youth Tent.
PARTICIPATE IN THE US SOCIAL FORUM
Register! Organizations at $125-$300 sliding scale & Individuals at $15-$100 sliding scale. Register online and/or send in the Form.

Bring your work: Reserve a table throughout the forum to present your information. Tables cost $50 and you bring the whole set-up. To register for tabling or to sell merchandise or food, contact Alice Lovelace at alovelace@mindsprina.com or 404.586.0460 ext.32.
Participate in the national planning process by becoming Organizational Sponsors: Participate at 3 different levels; Movement Builders (participate, raise money, and mobilize members), Movement Mobilizers (bring a delegation), or Supporters (contribute financial resources).
GET INVOLVED! MAKE IT HAPPEN!
MIDWEST SOCIAL FORUM (MWSF)
Activities include Mobilization for the USSF and a Caucusing / Organizer Training event in fall 2007, in preparation for the MWSF in the summer of 2008. T
OTHER SOCIAL FORUMS AROUND THE WORLD
For info: http://www.forumsocialmundial.org.br/
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7. WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER            

June 6-9, 2007 Learning In Community Conference AERC/CASAE,
Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax NS http://www.msvu.ca/education/Adult%20Ed/AERC_CASAE_Conference.asp

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 14-16 2007 ESREA Active Democratic Citizenship and Adult Learning Network Seminar: Changing Relationships between the State, Civil Society and the Citizen: Implications for adult education and adult learning The Unit for Adult Eduction (UfAE), University of Minho, Braga, Portugal http://www.uea.uminho.pt

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

June 22, 2007 Symposium on Popular Education, the first day of the Allied Media Conference, Detroit, Michigan http://www.alliedmediaconference.org/

June 22-24 Allied Media Conference: Breaking Silence, Building Movements, Detroit, Michigan http://www.alliedmediaconference.org/

Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2007 Highlander's 75th anniversary Celebration, Highlander Center, New Market, TN. http://www.highlandercenter.org/

Sept 20-23, 2007 5th ESREA European Research Conference: Adult Learning and the Challenges of Social and Cultural Diversity: Diverse Lives, Cultures, Learnings and Literacies , University of Seville and Institute of Paulo Freire of Spain, Seville, Spain http://www.congreso.us.es/cesrea

Dec 2–5, 2007 International Researching Work and Learning Conference RWL5 , Cape Town, South Africa http://rwl5.uwc.ac.za

Feb 3-10, 2008 Minnesota Popular Education Week (details will be published in this newsletter and posted on www.popednews.org


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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)
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/

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9. PROVERB OF THE MONTH

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Nothing about us without us is for us.  South African Slogan
 
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