THE POPULAR EDUCATION NEWS
NO. 20 October 2004                             THIS MONTH'S THEME: Human Rights
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. The three main parts of the collection are 1) Materials in English, 2) Materials in Spanish, 3) Books by Paulo Freire some titles in Spanish. An annotated bibliography with links to where to purchase materials will soon be back on the web. Watch for future announcements for the internet address.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
1) EDITOR'S NOTE
2) REVIEW OF THE MONTH
3) POPULAR EDUCATION "ZINES" FROM THE CATALYST CENTRE
4) WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER IN 2004
5) LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES
6) "WHAT IS POPULAR EDUCATION?" DEFINITION OF THE MONTH

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1) EDITOR'S NOTE:
The last issue said that the "Review of the Month" in the October issue would be on A New Weave of Power, People and Politics: An Action Guide for Advocacy and Citizen Participation by Lisa Veneklasen with Valerie Miller, World Neighbors, 2002. www.wn.org. Unfortunately the review was not finished in time. Watch for it next month.

THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES A POPULAR EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY: The presidential debates are an opportunity for popular educators and activists. The Popular Education News encourages you to gather people for a circle to watch, discuss, and dialogue September 30, October 8, and October 13. The vice presidential debate will be October 5.

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2) REVIEW OF THE MONTH

Lifting the Spirit: Human Rights and Freedom of Religion or Belief has just been published by The Human Rights Resource Center at the University of Minnesota. It is the 6th book in their human rights education series. Rather than one longer "brief review" of just this book, this review presents all six with short descriptions and a few short comment by the reviewer. All of the publications may be ordered from the Human Rights and Peace Store http://www.hrusa.org/store or may be downloaded from the web site http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/edumat/

These six books are a category of popular education materials that I call crossover materials in that they are appropriate for the use of educators who work both in the schools and with adult and community groups. Of the six books only Lifting the Spirit and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Rights are framed as school or youth curriculum. In spite of the framing, much in them, as in the rest of the books, would be valuable for adult and community education work on human rights topics.

Human Rights Education Series Book 5 - Lifting the Spirit: Human Rights and Freedom of Religion or Belief (created by 17 contributors) is intended to further an understanding of human rights in general and especially the human right to freedom of religion or belief. Although not a survey of world religions, it might well complement such a survey. Instead it relates the worship, observances, practices, and teachings of all religions and belief systems to fundamental human rights principles. Both the content and the organization aim to be adaptable to many different national and cultural settings.

Human Rights Here and Now: Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Nancy Flowers, ed. This primer for human rights education includes background information, strategies for teaching human rights, and activities for a variety of ages and situations. It is intended for use both by community groups and teachers in elementary and secondary schools. It provides background information, ideas for taking action, and interactive exercises to help people learn about the human rights guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The book constitutes a "starter kit" for human rights education: background information on human rights history, principles, and issues; strategies for teaching human rights; 15 activities for a wide variety of age groups from kindergarten through adult groups; and essential human rights documents.

Human Rights Education Series Book 1 - Economic & Social Justice: A Human Rights Perspective by David Shiman. This book treats economic and social rights as inalienable human rights, giving both a local and global perspective on social and economic rights and illustrating their interdependence with civil/political rights. Intended for adults as well as young people, it provides a brief history and explanation of these rights and nine activities for further learning. The book builds on the premise that the study of human rights is also a call to action. Therefore, the activities in this book suggest ways in which participants can act to make this a better world. The book begins with a brief history of economic, social, and cultural rights and an essay, in question and answer format, that introduces these rights.

Human Rights Education Series Book 2 - Raising Children with Roots, Rights & Responsibilities by Lori DuPont, Joanne Foley, and Annette Gagliardi. This book introduces both parents and their pre-school children to the rights of the child. It is about citizenship, education for problem solving and critical thinking, building moral and ethical character and increasing self-esteem and self-confidence in children and families, empowerment and responsibility, and education for democracy. The book builds on the power of the parent-child relationship and helps to build a positive self-image for both the parent and the child. By offering a positive parenting approach, it has community and societal impact. It calls for human dignity for everyone and gives concrete, distinct examples of what that looks like. This curriculum calls us to action. Human Rights Education Series Book 3 - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Rights: A Human Rights Perspective by David Donahue. This book is intended to further thoughtful examination and responsible action among high school students about LGBT issues. Unlike other curricula, however, this discussion is not in the context of civil or political rights but in the broader context of human rights, among others, the right to education, identity, security, assembly, expression, employment, health, and family - all relevant to the current discussion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights. The activities in this curriculum promote appropriate action in addition to reflection and discussion. Students are asked to take responsibility for the homophobia that causes human rights abuses. This homophobia may be in their schools in the form of harassment or violence against gay students, in their community during referenda elections seeking to deny gays and lesbians their equal rights, or in the world when persons are imprisoned, tortured, and executed for their consensual relationships with adults of the same sex. This curriculum prepares students for responding in meaningful ways to such challenges.

Human Rights Education Series Book 4 - The Human Rights Education Handbook: Effective Practices for Learning, Action, and Change, Nancy Flowers, ed. with Marcia Bernbaum, Kristi Rudelius-Palmer, and Joel Tolman. This book brings together the theoretical thinking and practical experience of educators who are working in many parts of the world to build a culture of human rights. It is intended to help people who care about human rights to become effective educators, able to share both their passion and their knowledge. At the heart of this manual are practical chapters on the art of facilitation and a compendium of effective methodologies for human rights education in both formal and informal settings. These chapters are supplemented by documents, workshop models, sample activities, and extensive resource lists. An innovative chapter by Marcy Bernbaum lays the groundwork for evaluating human rights education programs.
.review by Larry Olds

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3) POPULAR EDUCATION "ZINES" FROM THE CATALYST CENTRE

The Catalyst Centre has published four popular education zines that might be of interest to readers of this newsletter:

The Zines may be ordered from the Catalyst Centre, 720 Bathurst St, suite 500, Toronto, ON M5S 2R4 for $4.00 (CDN) each. catalystcentre@web.net

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4) WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER IN 2004

Oct 1-3, 2004 Tamjavi Festival, Pan Valley Institute - AFSC, Fresno, CA (The Tamejavi Festival is a three day multi-media arts and cultural festival. It features platicas, or forums to encourage deeper reflection during the festival; cultural dances, musical performances, and theater; and the Tamejavi Outdoor Marketplace, a place to come together, share stories, and exchange goods, that will feature an array of cultural, informational, and food booths. The word Tamejavi comes from the symbols and sounds of three different languages (Hmong, Spanish, and Mixteco) to represent a community marketplace.) For information: http://www.tamejavi.org/ (See Where Popular Educators Will Gather for a list of events and conferences)

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4) 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 )
*IPEA (www.peopleseducation.org/ )
*Resource Center of the Americas (www.americas.org )
*Growing Communities for Peace (www.humanrightsandpeacestore.org )
Centre for Popular Education (www.cpe.uts.edu.au)
Project South (www.projectsouth.org )
Center for Popular Education and Participatory Research (www.gse.berkeley.edu/research/pepr/ )
Pop Ed Links Directory (www.flora.org/mike/links/poped.html)
WE LEARN: Women Expanding-Literacy Education Action Resource Network(http://www.litwomen.org/news.html)

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6) "WHAT IS POPULAR EDUCATION?" DEFINITION OF THE MONTH

"Go to the people. Learn from them. Live with them. Start with what they know. Build with what they have. But the best of leaders when the job is done, when the task is accomplished, the people will say we have done it ourselves." .604 B.C. Lao Tzu .From CPEPR website homepage www.cpepr.net

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This newsletter is produced by the Popular Education Resource Collection Circle. Larry Olds worked on this issue. You can contribute to future issues by sending suggestions, notices of materials and short reviews to lolds@popednews.org. Help improve the newsletter. Subscribe by sending your email address to lolds@popednews.org. Larry Olds 3322 15th Ave S Minneapolis MN 55407 USA 612/722-3442