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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. 56 March 2008                                               



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Theme: RACISM AND HEALTH

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
1.  RACISM AND HOW IT AFFECTS OUR HEALTH
2.  ONLINE, DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES
3.  IN MINNESOTA
4.
  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION BLOGS
5.
  NEW MIDWEST SOCIAL FORUM ACTIVITY PLANNED
6.
  WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
7.
  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES
8. QUOTE OF THE MONTH


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1.  Racism and How It Affects Our Health: A curriculum guide for people who care about African American adolescent females and their health,
Charinetta "Chi" Ellis and Margaret Dexheimer Pharris, College of St. Catherine, St. Paul MN,  62 pages, 2007.



This guide contains instructions on how to design and conduct forums that help teens to understand the dynamics of racism and how not to internalize it. 
The curriculum in this dialogue guide was created to help African American young women identify and understand the different types of racism (internalized, personally-mediated, and systemic/institutionalized), as well as develop coping mechanisms so that racism is not internalized.  The forum curriculum draws on exercises, information, and handouts from various people and publications, which are referenced throughout this document.  

Two DVDs are provide to accompany the Curriculum Guide:  DVD I contains "The History of Racism for African Americans" by Shvonne Johnson.  DVD II includes "Healthy Coping Mechanisms for Not Internalizing Racism" by LaVonne Moore, "Spoken Word" by Shvonne Johnson, "Celi Dean, Miss Black USA 2005," and "Anti-Racism Ambassador Graduation Introduction" by Charlnitta "Chi" Ellis.
For information about acquiring a copy of the guide contact mdpharris@stkate.edu.
 
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. 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/
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3.  IN MINNESOTA

Wednesday. March 26, 2008 6:30-9:30 PTO Twin Cities Alliance PRACTITIONERS FORUM FREE! (Come one and all)
Location TBA (check www.popednews.org for info)

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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.  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 communitie s 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/

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6. WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
         
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)

March 28-29, 2008 Education and Labor Collaborative Forum: Organizing the Curriculum, United Federation of Teachers Headquarters, 52 Broadway, NYC http://organizingthecurriculum.org/forumregistration.aspx

April 2-4, 2008 Community Organizing: Database and Planning, the 1st in a series of workshops of the Community Organizing and Technology Institute (COaTI) of the Progressive Technology Program. Minneapolis, MN www.progressivetech.org

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

April 12, 2008 ARE 2008 Conference: “The Struggle for Social Justice In Education,” A.R.E. San Diego Lincoln High School, San Diego California...seeks to outreach at least 500 members of the educational community, including, teachers, counselors, parents, students...to collectively address issues of social justice as they relate to the question of the role of teachers and students in struggling, inside and outside the classroom, against oppression and marginalization within the educational system.www.sdareconference2008.eventbrite.com

April 24-27 Training of Trainers Institute (TOT): Supporting the Economic Justice Movement by Building Capacity  A three-day, intensive TOT Institute, to teach trainers, teachers, activists, and leaders a set of key principles and practices - a tool box for their work - based on popular education methods, within an economic inequality frame. Cape Cod, MA United for a Fair Economy http://www.faireconomy.org/resources/workshops/training_of_trainers_institute

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 16-18, 2008 Project South 21st Anniversary Celebration, Atlanta Come to Atlanta to celebrate the legacy of 21 years of movement building in the South. Come out to celebrate Project South’s founders. Come out for rich dialogue and storytelling. Come out to celebrate intergenerational organizing across the decades. Come out to support the work of Project South as we move forward with renewed vision and excitement. Bring your stories, inspiration, and dancing shoes!” For more information contact Christi Ketchum – christi@projectsouth.org / 404.622.0602

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

June 6-8, 2008 Highlander Social Change Workshop New Market, Tennessee For information: http://www.highlandercenter.org/n-sc-workshop2008.asp 

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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7.  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 )
*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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8. QUOTE OF THE MONTH

May every day of your life be worse than the next.  - Old Irish blessing

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