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. 46 - March 2007

THIS MONTH'S THEME: A FEW WEB-BASED RESOURCES

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
1.  Please join us at PTO!!  A SPECIAL EFFORT CONTINUES
2.  FROM THE EDITOR: A FEW WEB-BASED MATERIALS

3.  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION BLOGS
4.  UPDATES ON FUTURE SOCIAL FORUMS (MWSF update)
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.  THE SPECIAL EFFORT TO GATHER POPULAR EDUCATORS AT THE PTO CONFERENCE IN MINNEAPOLIS MAY 31 – JUNE 3, 2007CONTINUES
 
Please join us at PTO!! 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.  FROM THE EDITOR: A FEW WEB-BASED MATERIALS


Some of the most interesting popular education materials I have come across lately are from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.  In some of the articles on their successful campaign to get Taco Bell to buy tomatoes only from suppliers that pay and treat workers decently I had noted that the Coalition used a popular education method of community organizing.  For some time I have been trying to find out what that meant.  Recently, one of the Twin Cities organizers who worked in Florida on the earlier campaigns, and is now helping to organize the current campaign focusing on McDonalds, shared some copies of materials – in particular a series of “codes” used to animate discussions in organizing the workers, a “Theater Skit,” and a draft of a good article on both the history and methods of the Immokalee Workers, an article that also describes some of the popular education practices used in the organizing campaigns.  The article will soon be published and I am working on a way to share the other materials.  Watch the future issues of this newsletter for information.
 
Exciting News!  Since I have not identifies any new materials to review in this issue, I have delayed getting started putting the issue together.  This morning’s email brought another good reason for the delay.  I just received a note from Michael Newman in Australia, my favorite adult education author, that he has made three of his books available online for free downloads.  They are: Maeler's Regard: Images of Adult Learning; Defining the Enemy: Adult Education in Social Action; and The Third Contract: Theory and Practice in Trade Union Training.  His most recent book, Teaching Defiance: Stories and Strategies for Activist Educators, published last year by Jossey-Bass, was mentioned in the June-July 2006 issue of The Popular Education News.  (I am still hoping to find someone to write a short review for the newsletter.) Several of these books about adult education and social and political action have won awards. 
 

   
 
This website (http://www.michaelnewman.info/) has been set up to provide free access to 4the three books.
 
Inspired by Michael Newman’s generosity in sharing his work, I have decided to post some sections of my memoir on this web site.  As a result of a writing residency at The Blue Mountain Center in the Adirondacks several years ago, I completed a draft of a memoir with the working title A Memoir of My Journey in Adult Education: The Making of a Popular Educator.  Over the last couple years I have circulated a few copies among friends but lately work on it has been languishing.  My first post is a section called “Popular Education in the College Classroom.”  I have asked that those who download a copy “pay” by sending me a paragraph or more of comments about it. 
 
 

As long as I was learning how to make resources available on the web site as .pdf files I added two more files.  They are the most often requested items when I share my slide show, Another Kind of Movement Education Is Possible: Popular Education in workshops and other sessions.  The two are “The Tree of Knowledge” and “Planning Educational Activities with Eight Overlapping and Interlock Popular Education Principles.” 
 
A Tree of Knowledge


Finally, I have just received a note from  Dave Bleakney of the Canadian Postal Workers Union about a training opportunity taking place near Berlin this spring that is worthy of a special mention.  It is a series of 4 workshops called Undoing Capitalism - Skills for Change (Methods and tools of popular education for the anticapitalist movement. A ten day workshop and training experience.)   Here is some of what the workshop planners say about the workshops:
It's not the analysis of neoliberal globalization which is missing, but rather practices of transmitting and exchanging knowledge. Also missing are ways of inspiring people to engage in political action.
 
Political education from below, in the sense of Popular Education, is underdeveloped within the movement of globalization critics. It's not only way more fun than reading texts but also reaches and inspires more people.
 
In these four workshops you can experience and learn about
 
*capitalism and anti-capitalism using methods of popular education
*tools and approaches for training social activists
*how to use these skills within non-hierarchical organizing procesess
http://www.rosalux.de/cms/index.php?id=12502&type=0

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3.  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION BLOGS

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

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4. UPDATES ON FUTURE SOCIAL FORUMS


MIDWEST SOCIAL FORUM (MWSF)

This year, instead of holding our own regional Forum, the MWSF Organizing Committee is pursuing two key goals: In addition, the MWSF Organizing Committee has instituted some important changes in its organizing structure, aimed at meeting the increasingly complex demands of the Forum and its related activities, while at the same time providing new opportunities for participation in the planning and development of those activities. The Organizing Committee encourages all Midwest-based community activists, students, educators, and others that share the overall vision of the Forum to take advantage of these opportunities and help build the MWSF.

The MWSF offers many exciting ways to take part in the growing Social Forum movement. For more details on how you can get involved, please visit the links below. Stay tuned for regular updates further below.
UNITED STATES SOCIAL FORUM (USSF)
          
US Social Forum Writing Team: Scholars and writers are invited to join a network of scholar-writer-activists working to support the United States Social Forum.  This document outlines the ways we hope each writing team member will participate, as well as the support offered through the USSF National Planning Committee network. 

Scholars and writers have an important role to play in helping bridge the divides within U.S. society that separate communities according to race, class, interest, and other differences.  The USSF writing team consists of individual scholars and writers who commit to do the following actions in support of the USSF: Additional suggestions for improving our work, or requests to join this network, can be sent to Jackie Smith (jsmith40@nd.edu).

The USSF will be held in Atlanta June 17 -22, 2007.  For Information and contact numbers see http://www.ussf2007.org/ or contact alovelace@ussocialforum.org

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

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7. WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
           
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

March 9 -11, 2007 Interpreting for Social Justice, Highlander Center, New Market, TN http://www.highlandercenter.org/

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

April 27 - 28, 2007 Seventh Annual Popular Education Conference: From Crisis to Transformation Contact, The Center for Popular Education and Participatory Research.  Contact cpepr@berkeley.edu for the call for presentations and information.

April 27 - May 6  Undoing Capitalism - Skills for Change (4 workshops)
, (Methods and tools of popular education for the anticapitalist movement. A ten day workshop and training experience.)  Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in cooperation with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and Training for Change , Muncheberg OT Trebnitz (nr Belin) http://www.rosalux.de/cms/index.php?id=12502&type=0

May 24-25, 2007 Critical Connections: Education for Social Change International Conference, Queen Margaret University College in 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 1. above).

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 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 Education (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

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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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If you go through the high grass where the elephant has already gone through, you don’t get soaked with the dew.  - Ghanaian Proverb

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