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.

NO. 31 October 2005

THIS MONTH'S THEME: ADVOCACY AND ACTIVISM

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. UPDATES ON FUTURE SOCIAL FORUMS
2. SHORT REVIEWS OF THE MONTH
3. PREVIOUSLY REVIEWED ON ADVOCACY AND ACTIVISM
4. WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
5. LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES
6. "WHAT IS POPULAR EDUCATION?" DEFINITION OF THE MONTH

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1. UPDATES ON FUTURE SOCIAL FORUMS

2006 WORLD SOCIAL FORUM (WSF)

Three polycentric 6th WSFs will take place in January 2006 in Caracas (Venezuela), Karachi (Pakistan) and Bamako (Mali). For further information about each polycentric forum:

Caracas (www.forosocialmundial.org.ve)
Bamako (www.fsmmali.org)
Karachi (www.wsf2006karachi.org)

2006 UNITED STATES SOCIAL FORUM (USSF)

The National Planning Committee (PC) of the USSF had their first face-to-face meeting in Atlanta, GA on August 19-21. The PC added a Youth Working Group and established a regional process and structure dividing the country into 10 regional working groups, each region will be given a spot on the PC. This new process is to ensure the greatest and most intentional outreach be done to under represented communities. Project South has formed a Local Host Committee in Atlanta that is charged with organizing the logistics for the forum. The September Monthly Report from the Global Grasssroots Justice Alliance who are providing leadership in organizing the USSF reports that "The Popular Education Committee will be surveying and taking count of the popular education materials we are all using."

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 in the late spring 2006. A planning process is underway. For information contact pbarrett@ssc.wisc.edu

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2. SHORT REVIEWS OF THE MONTH

Advocacy for Social Justice: A Global Action and Reflection Guide by David Cohen, Rosa de la Vega, and Gabrielle Watson. Kumarian Press, 2001, 346 pages

The manual provides materials and resources for teachers, trainers, and practitioners in the field of advocacy, as well as for students of social movements and transnational advocacy. This book was born as a response to a growing interest on the part of civil society organizations from around the world for practical materials that would enrich and accelerate their organizational learning processes about advocacy. The project was the result of a collaboration between Oxfam America and the Advocacy Institute. Both are united with a shared commitment to social justice and building the capacity of civil society organizations to influence public policy. The basic goal of the manual is to help these organizations identify and understand elements of advocacy and to understand how to practice advocacy in diverse settings. At its core, the project approached advocacy as an art that motivates and inspires people to fulfill their visions. There is also a significant focus on innovation, craft, and leadership.

An Action A Day Keeps Global Capitalism Away by Mike Hudema. Between the Lines, 2004, 131 pages

In this book, the author introduces readers to a variety of issues, including social action, organizing, theatrical action, civil disobedience, and using the media. The author states in the introduction: "A democratic society doesn't just condone political action. It demands it." This book is a collection of actions performed over a period of years in Alberta, Canada. Many, but not all, were carried out by the author himself. It is a compilation of "the most successful and doable actions taken over recent years.", and is meant to simply add another tool to the activists tool box.

The Democracy Owners' Manual: A Practical Guide to Changing the World by Jim Schultz. Rutgers University Press, 2000, 240 pages.

This book is a unique, hands-on guide for people who want to change public policy at the local, state, or national level. A combination of policy and advocacy basics, the book offers a clear presentation of the issues and debates activists are likely to encounter as well as a lucid, example-rich guide to effective strategies and actions. Newcomers and veteran activists alike will find this book an invaluable treasure chest of ideas and stimulating stories to help them tackle the issues they care about.

Doing Democracy: The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements by Bill Moyer; with JoAnn McAllister, Mary Lou Finley and Steven Soifer. New Society Publishers, 2001, 227 pages.

This book is a practical guide to movement building. It provides both a theory and working model for understanding and analyzing social movements, ensuring that they are successful in the long term. Beginning with an overview of social movement theory and the MAP (Movement Action Plan) model, Doing Democracy outlines the eight typical stages of social movements, the four roles of activists, and case studies from the civil rights, anti-nuclear energy, Central America, gay/lesbian, women's health (breast cancer), and globalization movements. It is written for social movement activists and organizations working on all issues, as well as to academics in a variety of disciplines ranging from political science, sociology, and peace studies, through women studies and the various courses in social work schools. It will also be of interest to all those interested in better understanding the social movements they hear about in the daily media.

Students Against Sweatshops by Liza Featherstone and United Students Against Sweatshops. Verso, 2002, 120 pages.

This book provides a brief history of student anti-sweatshop activism, and of its primary organization, United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) which heads a wave of anti-sweatshop organizing that has reached over two hundred American college campuses. Since 1997, students have been protesting the horrifying conditions in the collegiate apparel industry, demanding better wages and working conditions for the workers who make hats and sweatshirts bearing their school logos. The book also explores the anti-sweatshop movement's major successes and challenges, the inextricable relationship to its setting in the corporate university, and the relationship between the organization United Students Against Sweatshops and struggles involving such movements as feminism and US labor, as well as racial and social justice. Reviews by Larry Olds

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3. PREVIOUSLY REVIEWED ON ADVOCACY AND ACTIVISM

On ADVOCACY: (Nov 2004) A New Weave of Power, People & Politics: The Action Guide for Advocacy and Citizen Participation by Lisa Veneklasen with Valerie Miller World Neighbor Publications, 2002, 346 pages. www.wn.org

With stories of ACTIVISM: (Apr 2003) Teaching for Change: Popular Education and the Labor Movement edited by Linda Delp, Miranda Outman-Kramer, Susan J. Schurman, and Kent Wong. UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education, 2002 (Apr 2005) A Troublemaker's Handbook 2: How To Fight Back Where You Work--And Win!, Edited by Jane Slaughter. Labor Notes Books, Detroit 2005

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ADDITIONS TO WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER

Oct 21-23, 2005 PRISONS, PUPILS, AND PRIORITIES - A COMMUNITY STRATEGIC RESEARCH TRAINING PROGRAM Highlander Center, the Data Center and Project South will hold a two-day workshop-training at Highlander for community organizers and community researchers working on issues of criminal justice, education, and youth. For more information, see www.highlandercenter.org.

October 27-30, 2005 The 10th AWID International Forum on Women's Rights and Development Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. (Up to two thousand women's rights activists, academics, policy makers and students will converge upon Bangkok for the most highly anticipated international meeting for women's rights of the year. After Beijing +10, the G8 Summit and the UN World Summit, the AWID Forum is a chance for activists to finally gather together on OUR terms, to set our own agenda, and to be push forward on our global movement towards change.) www.awid.org/forum

Jan 24-29, 2006 An Invitation to Join Grassroots Global Justice Alliance for the 2006 Polycentric World Social Forum in Caracas, Venezuela. For info contact joann@ggjalliance.org. (The deadline for submission is October 14, 2006)

June 25-27, 2006 Peace Education Conference (part of the World Peace Forum June 23-28) The British Columbia Teachers' Federation For further info and a request for proposals www.bctf.ca

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5. 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 )
*Institute for Peoples'Education and Action (IPEA) (www.peopleseducation.org/ )
*Resource Center of the Americas (www.americas.org )
*Growing Communities for Peace (www.humanrightsandpeacestore.org )
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)
Centre for Popular Education, University of Technology Sydney (http://www.cpe.uts.edu.au/)
The Change Agency (www.thechangeagency.org/index.htm)

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

Popular Education is a learning process which:

Is inclusive and accessible to people with a variety of education levels;
Addresses the issues people face in their communities;
Moves people toward a place of action;
Develops new grassroots leadership.
Is based on the lived experience of those participating in the learning;
Incorporates non-traditional methods of learning - such as poetry, music or visual arts

.From Project South's revised web site http://www.projectsouth.org/pages/Programs/program_Intro.htm

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The one who teaches is the giver of eyes - Tamil proverb
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