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. 38 May 2006

THIS MONTH'S THEME: POP ED FUND LAUNCH

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. THE POPULAR EDUCATION FUND
2. POPED TOOLKIT WEB SITE UPDATED
3. NEW BOOKS TO BE REVIEWED SOON
4. THE PRAXIS PROJECT
5. UPDATES ON FUTURE SOCIAL FORUMS
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. WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
7. LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES
8. PROVERB OF THE MONTH

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1. THE POPULAR EDUCATION FUND

It is a pleasure to announce the formation of this new fund. The Popular Education Fund will be a small fund for the promotion of popular education in Minnesota. It will be dedicated to improving the educational work in local social movements against oppression and for democracy, sustainability, social justice, and peace. The Popular Education News and the web site www.popednew.org will become projects of the Fund.

Other programs include:

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.

The McDonald sisters received the 2006 Award For Contributions Of Music To The Struggle For Peace And Justice. The four biological sisters, Brigid, Jane, Kate, and Rita, are also Catholic nuns that are part of the Sisters of St. Joseph. The award was given to them "for years of bringing those song sheets and songs to picket lines, rallies, meetings, and demonstrations, for getting us all up on our feet, and for cheering us up in the face of the war and injustices we face in the world." The 2006 award was a framed photo of the pictorial hooked rug by Dorothy Sauber, Women Against War, for each of the sisters and a cash prize of $500.

To order postcards with this image in packets of 6 postcards send $5 + $1 S&H for each packet to: LOlds, 3322 15th Ave So, Mpls, MN 55407. Proceeds from the sale support The Popular Education Fund.

2. POPED TOOLKIT WEB SITE UPDATED

The website http://poped.org/ has recently been updated to add a number of tools for popular educators and to expand on their existing resources. The site is well worth checking out for its many resources and links.

3. NEW BOOKS TO BE REVIEWED SOON

The following books have been mentioned in previous issues. Plans are underway to review them in future issues.

Dancing With Live Embers: Challenging Racism in Organizations by Barb Thomas, Tina Lopes, Margie Adam, Between the Lines, 2006, 284 pages
Politics the Wellstone Way: How To Elect Progressive Candidates and Win on Issues by Wellstone Action (edited by Bill Lofy). University of Minnesota Press, 2005, 222 pages.
Teaching Defiance: Stories And Strategies For Activist Educators, by Michael Newman Jossey Bass, 2006.

 

4. THE PRAXIS PROJECT

The Praxis Project is a national, nonprofit organization that builds partnerships with local groups to influence policymaking to address the underlying, systemic causes of community problems. Committed to closing the health gap facing communities of color, we forge alliances for building healthy communities. Our internationally recognized staff employ their broad experience in training, advocacy, policy development, media relations and technical assistance to support local organizations as they work to advance their vision of a healthy, just community. We help local groups hold institutions and governmental agencies accountable by designing community-based plans, conducting research, developing media strategies and developing policy initiatives - to achieve sustainable results. Our goal is to build power at the local level to increase the capacity of communities to become effective advocates so that they are leaders and catalysts on the legislative and policy decisions that affect their lives.http://www.thepraxisproject.org

3. UPDATES ON FUTURE SOCIAL FORUMS

2007 WORLD SOCIAL FORUM (WSF)

2007 World Social Forum will take place in Nairobi in January (www.forosocialmundial.org.ve).

UNITED STATES SOCIAL FORUM (USSF)

The (USSF) Planning Committee recently announced that the USSF will be held in Atlanta June 27 - July 1, 2007. For Information see www.ussocialforum.org or contact United States Social Forum, 211 10th St. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102 Tel: 505-247-8832

MIDWEST SOCIAL FORUM (MSF)

The MSF will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin July 6-9, 2006. For information www.mwsocialforum.org

SOUTHEAST SOCIAL FORUM & PLANNING MEETING June 16-18, 2006 in Durham, NC at the NC Central campus The SE Regional Organizing Committee for the USSF met in January in Atlanta and decided that a crucial step in organizing a broad-based, people of color-led US Social Forum in Atlanta in 2007 would be to gather movement building organizations in the South and Appalachia to identify our issues and plan for the larger national forum. The gathering's theme will be "Another South is Possible" to parallel the World Social Forum's theme "Another World is Possible." For info contact stephanie@projectsouth.org

EUROPEAN SOCIAL FORUM (ESF)

The ESF will take place in Athens, Greece, in April 2006. For further information: http://www.fse-esf.org/

OTHER SOCIAL FORUMS AROUND THE WORLD

For info: http://www.forumsocialmundial.org.br/

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4. ADDITIONS TO WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER

May 18-21, 2006 Annual PTO Conference: Engaging Community: Creating Critical Praxis, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Pre-conference workshops with Augusto Boal, post-conference workshops with Michael Rohd) For Information (http://www.ptoweb.org)

June 4-5, 2006, Rethinking Work And Learning: Research Findings And Policy Challenges Presented by the Research Network on Work and Lifelong Learning (WALL) (a Collaborative Research Initiative funded by SSHRC) http://www.wallnetwork.ca

June 5 - 9, 2006 International Seminar on Literacy and post literacy Policies and programs Ministry of Education of the Republic of Cuba and UNESCO

June 7-10, 2006 Kingian Nonviolence Leadership Seminar Columbus, Ohio, Institute for Human Rights and Responsibilities. (The four-day seminars empower participants to help lead the continuing legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) www.KingianNonviolence.info

June 25-27, 2006 Peace Education Conference (part of the World Peace Forum) British Columbia Teachers' Federation. For further info and proposals www.bctf.ca

July 2 - 5, 2006 International Conference on RETHINKING EDUCATIONAL CHANGE Al Akhawayn University and Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace, Ifrane, Morocco (We believe education should have the power to transform lives, enabling continued profound positive change and personal growth, to ultimately build a better world.) http://www.ghfp.org/

Sept 12 - 15, VENCUENTRO INTERNACIONAL FORUM Y PAULO FREIRE: Sendas de Freire: opresiones, resistencias, y emancipaciones en un nueva paradigma de vida Paulo Freire Institute, Valencia, Spain www.institutpaulofreire.org (Spanish-English translation provided)

October 4-7, 2006 Kingian Nonviolence Leadership Seminar Columbus, Ohio, Institute for Human Rights and Responsibilities. (The four-day seminars empower participants to help lead the continuing legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) www.KingianNonviolence.info

October 13-15, 2006 Social Change Workshop Highlander Center, New Market, TN (The workshops are 2-1/2 day sessions that bring together activists from around the country to share ideas and experiences and to learn about Highlander's history and current programs and about our core methods of popular education, cultural work, and participatory research.) www.highlandercenter.org

Jan 15-16, 2007 The Pan African Association For Literacy And Adult Education Assembly, PanAfric Hotel, Nairibi, Kenya. For info: anafa@sentoo.sn

January 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/

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4. LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES
(*those with online bookstores)

*Catalyst Centre
*Highlander Center
*Institute for Peoples'Education and Action (IPEA)
*Resource Center of the Americas
*Growing Communities for Peace
Kotare
Project South
Center for Popular Education and Participatory Research
Pop Ed Links Directory
WE LEARN: Women Expanding-Literacy Education Action Resource Network
Centre for Popular Education, University of Technology Sydney
The Change Agency

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5. PROVERB OF THE MONTH

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When the music changes, so does the dance. - West African Proverb
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