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. 58 May-June 2008                                               



A free monthly newsletter about popular education and community organizing resources for facilitators and practitioners.  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.


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Theme: MORE ORGANIZING TOOLS AND A YOUTH CURRICULUM

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
1.  WE MAKE CHANGE
2.  THE DREAM CURRICULUM
3.  ONLINE, DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES

4.  IN MINNESOTA
5.
  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION BLOGS
6.
  NEW MIDWEST SOCIAL FORUM ACTIVITY PLANNED
7.
  WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
8.
  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES
9. QUOTE OF THE MONTH

9. QUOTE OF THE MONTH

For more of Ricardo Levins Morales work see http://www.ricardolevinsmorales.com/


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1.  We Make Change: Community Organizers Talk About What They Do – And Why by Kristin Layng Szakos and Joe Szakos, Vanderbuilt University Press, 280 pages, 2007  Link to publisher

An essential resource for organizers and would-be organizers
Community organizers work at their jobs because they are passionate, because they believe that change is possible, and because they enjoy working with people. Although it's not an occupation that leads to great wealth, community organizers can make a living at it. They get salaries, pensions and health insurance. They raise families. They do well by doing good.

This book explores the world of community organizing through the voices of real people working in the field, in small towns and city neighborhoods--women and men of different races and economic backgrounds, ranging in age from those in their twenties to those in their sixties. Fourteen in-depth profiles tell the life stories of a cross-section of the diverse people who choose the life of an organizer. Other chapters, focused on issues of organizing, are tapestries of experience woven from the 81 interviews the authors conducted.

Kristin Layng Szakos is the former editor of The Appalachian Reader, a quarterly journal about citizen organizing in Appalachia. Joe Szakos has been the Executive Director of the Virginia Organizing Project since 1994. He was the founding coordinator of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth (1981-1993), as well as one of the founders of the Southern Empowerment Project and the Hungarian Environmental Partnership.

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2. The Dream Curriculum: a youth, immigrant, and popular education curriculum for movement building, 3rd Edition by the Minnesota Immigrant Freedom Network.  For information contact alondra@immigrantfreedomnetwork.org

 

The Dream Curriculum consists of seven lessons, plus a day at the Capitol. Each lesson will last
approximately one hour, once a week. Lesson themes are as follows:

Lesson 1: Using Our Personal Stories to Understand Immigration
Lesson 2: The Underlying Forces of Immigration
Lesson 3: Legislative Change
(No Lesson) Student Day at the Capitol
Lesson 4: Theory to Practice: Learning from Our Actions
Lesson 5: Media and Messaging
Lesson 6: Power, Organizing, and Social Change
Lesson 7: Dreams Into Action
Anatomy of the Lesson Plans
Summary Page

Each lesson plan begins with a summary overview. This page encompasses all of the concepts to be
covered and tools to be used for the duration of the lesson. The summary page is organized in the
following manner:

The pages following the summary overview provide you with a detailed description of each of the
exercises for that lesson; most lesson plans have more than one exercise or activity. Each activity is
marked in bold and underlined. All the items you will need for the exercise are marked in bold.
You will also find other resources included with the activity description such as handouts that you
may need to copy before the lesson.



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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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4.  IN MINNESOTA

Last Wednesday of the month PTO Twin Cities Alliance PRACTITIONERS FORUM FREE! (Come one and all)
Location TBA (check www.popednews.org for info)

May 28, 2008 Alliance for Metropolitan Stability Organizer Roundtables: Green Affordable Housing

In support of affordable housing, there are statewide efforts to build with reduced energy costs, environmentally beneficial materials, conservation-minded land use planning and the creation of healthy environments.
Click here to register for the Racial and Environmental Justice roundtable All roundtables are from noon to 1:30 pm at the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability office, Suite 200, 2525 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis. Roundtable events are free but an RSVP is required and space is limited. Please RSVP by clicking the above links for each event.


May 31, 2008 1-4 pm
  Theatre, popular education, and organizing at Powderhorn Park
1-4pm with community feed at 4pm. Bring a dish if  you can!

The Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Twin Cities (PTO) working group will share back tools and strategies using the arts to organize with AND LISTEN TO the community. (We will be inside park building in case of rain).

The weekend prior to this many members of the PTO twin cities working group will attend the national conference in Omaha, NE. You are invited to spend the afternoon outside as we continue our interactive dialogue around the sustainability, growth, and action of PTO twin cities, while also inviting participation and partnerships for the 2009 PTO conference to be held at various sites including Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Hope Community Center, Center for Independent Artists, and others next May.

In addition to the variety of workshops/sessions offered throughout the park, there will be a Chalchiulitcue ceremony, a traditional Aztec ceremony honoring the scientific phenomena that occur with the water to rebuild our relationship with our life source. The ceremony is the reason the share back is at the park. Both events are open for all to enjoy, share and receive the benefits for ourselves and our communities. Save the date and join us for a day in the park of theatre, arts, organizing and ceremony.

For more info on PTO:: http://www.ptoweb.org/
and for the Chalchiulitcue ceremony:: http://www.chalchiutlicue.org/index.html

June 9 -12, 2008  Progressive Technology Project TechCamp.  Space and scholarships available.  Contact PTP

June 11, 2008 Alliance for Metropolitan Stability Organizer Roundtables: Racial and Environmental Justice

Racial justice is a key issue that must be dealt with more prominently in the future of the environmental movement.
Click here to register for the Racial and Environmental Justice roundtable All roundtables are from noon to 1:30 pm at the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability office, Suite 200, 2525 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis.  Roundtable events are free but an RSVP is required and space is limited. Please RSVP by clicking the above links for each event.

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

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7. WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER

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, 2008 Popular Education and the ideas of Paulo Freire: how relevant are they to Brazil and Scotland today? University of Glasgow, Centre for Research and Development in Adult and Lifelong Learning Room N101, St Andrew’s Building,11 Eldon Street, Glasgow. For further details and to reserve a place on this seminar please email CRADALL@educ.gla.ac.uk


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 

June 9 -12, 2008  Progressive Technology Project TechCamp.  Space and scholarships available.  Contact PTP

Summer 2008 Interfaith Summer Institute for Justice, Peace and Social Movements. Simon Fraser University.  (Theme - Displacement and Migration: Restoring Dignity and Sacred Connection with summer public forums covering three critical areas that intersect with organizing in social movements: Indigenous Worldviews on Truth and Reconciliation; Human Dignity and the 2010 Olympics: Challenging the Trafficking of Women; and Sanctuary:Zones of Peace Against State Violence.) For information

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/

October 20-24, 2008 First International Conference on Prison Education, AlfaSol (Alfabetização Solidária - Solidarity in Literacy) is a Brazilian non-governmental organization, in partnership with UNESCO, Brussels. For further information: Mr. Fabio Cervone, e-mail fabiorc@alfabetizacao.org.br, or Mrs. Mariana Sabbagh, e-mail marianabs@alfabetizacao.org.br    http://www.alfabetizacao.org.br/

Nov 27-28, 2008 Critical Pedagogy and Participatory Learning for Social Transformation: The Role of Higher Education, Monash University, Clayton Campus, Melbourne Australia “The conference aims to be a forum for educators, teachers, students and others who are involved or interested in education for social transformation in institutions of higher education in Australia and elsewhere.” For information http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/ges/news-and-events/conf1.php



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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 )
*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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