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. 41 - September 2006

THIS MONTH'S THEME: Info on Misc Books

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. NOTICE ON WORLD ASSEMBLY
2. INFO ON BOOKS
3. LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION RESOURCES
4. LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION BLOGS
5. UPDATES ON FUTURE SOCIAL FORUMS
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. NOTICE ON WORLD ASSEMBLY

Registration is open for the World Assembly of Adult Education January 17-19, 2007 - ADULTS' RIGHT TO LEARN: CONVERGENCE, SOLIDARITY AND ACTION, International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) PanAfric Hotel, Nairibi, Kenya. http://www.icae.org.uy/ For info in No America contact bobhill@uga.edu

2. INFO ON BOOKS

The books listed below have recently been brought to my attention. The information on the books comes from the publisher's promotional materials.

Through the Lens of Social Justice: Using the Change Agent in Adult Education, edited by Andy Nash. New England Literacy Resource Center/ World Education, 200 pp., 2006 http://www.nelrc.org/

Here's a resource that will help you bring popular education and social analysis into the contemporary adult education classroom.

This recently-published book, celebrates The Change Agent paper's first 10 years of providing social justice resources to adult educators. The book is both a gathering of its best and most timeless pieces and a guide for educators in how to use the paper as well as offering creative strategies for dealing with the challenges of bringing social justice issues into the classroom. It addresses the needs of both new and experienced ESOL, ABE and GED practitioners.

The book provides specific strategies for using the three types of articles and teaching tools that are most often published in The Change Agent:

Connecting to Issues pieces are tools to draw students out and work with their interests, experiences, questions, and concerns about social issues. Analyzing Issues articles take an issue (prisons, school vouchers, health care, etc.), then examine how our current systems work and for whose benefit. These pieces pull together the economic, social, political, and historical factors that provide the big picture context for understanding an issue more fully. Supporting Student Action includes accounts of students who have used what they have learned to take some kind of individual or collective action outside the classroom. These pieces also describe what their teachers did to prepare and support them.

Enough Blood Shed: 101 Solutions To Violence, Terror and War by Mary-Wynne Ashford with Guy Dauncey. New Society Publishers, 2006, 271pp. http://www.newsociety.com/

Enough Blood Shed confronts the reality of a world awash in weapons and the belief that war is inevitable, with people powerless to change the system. It provides an alternative perspective based on solutions known to be successful because they have been used already. The first part of the book describes the culture of violence that has led the world to this precipice of hopelessness, and then points to signs of hope that a different future is possible. It outlines the steps being made to build a culture of peace, including the phenomenal power of civil society: the second superpower - or the conscience of society. Part Two then focuses on the solutions that are possible for all sectors of society:

For individuals, including women, children and youth
For schools, educators, activist groups and religious organizations
For the media, professionals, business and labor
For cities, nations and the global community

Focusing on the power of ordinary people to make a difference and packed with effective nonviolent success stories - often in a setting of hate and provocation - the book provides guidance, inspiration, hope and empowerment that peace is not only possible, but can be fun along the way.

3. LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION RESOURCES

From Luis Kong in Santa Rosa CA: "Great materials on health related subjects with a popular education point of view. http://www.hesperian.org/"

From Dorothy Wigmore in Winnipeg comes this link for wonderful photos that can be used for popular education "codes" to help people share experience and find their voice in educational activities. www.earldotter.com

4. LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION BLOGS

chris cavanagh www.comeuppance.blogspot.com. (Please send others that you know.)

5. 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

OTHER SOCIAL FORUMS AROUND THE WORLD

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

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6. ADDITIONS TO WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER

Sept 3, 2006 Highlander's Annual Homecoming Sunday, 2:00 to 9:00 pm. (Highlander welcomes new friends and old for our annual Homecoming. Come celebrate workers with us on this Labor Day Sunday with music, poetry, storytelling, theater and conversation. Two workshop sessions will include "What's Up with Highlander" and "Conversation on Immigration".) www.highlandercenter.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)

Sept 15-17, 2006 Midwest Popular Education Network Gathering at Potters Farm (near Ashland, WI) harmony_haven@yahoo.com or elizabethpost_21@hotmail.com

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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6. 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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7. PROVERB OF THE MONTH

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Keep going backwards and you will meet the water - Sierra Leone Proverb
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