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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. 22 December 2004                              THIS MONTH'S THEME: Resources and Bibliography of Past Review




1. Editorial Note:
I have been asked to do a presentation on the topic, The State of Popular Education in the USA (and North America) at the Popular Education Conference in Sydney, Australia next month. In preparation I have put together a list of resources and web sites that present part of the view of what is happening in popular education in the USA. In addition to the list I will comment on other dimensions of the popular education movement based on my experience as part of it: definitions and roots, theoretical streams, and the social movement context at these moments in time. I thought the readers of this newsletter might find the lists of resources useful even though many that I include on the list have been reviewed in previous issues of the newsletter. Therefore I am publishing the list instead of the regular issue for December. Two extra items and two attachments are included in the email version. One attachment is the formatted newsletter, the other a bibliography of all materials reviewed in previous issues. Look for "The Definition of the Month" to be back in January. Check the web site for lists of bookstores, gatherings, and links. .Larry Olds


Project South has just published a booklet, THE MIDNIGHT SCHOOL - CREATING A VISION FOR OUT MOVEMENT - Reportback from Project South Gathering. It is well done and well worth reading for both methodology and contents. Available for $5 plus $2 S&H, free with a membership contribution. Contact:

The Highlander Center has recently posted Two jobs, Popular Educator/Information Activist and Interpreter/Translator/Educator (English-Spanish). If interested see

(Descriptions excerpted from the organization's web sites.)

Project South Institute for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide

Project South creates popular education to build grassroots leaders. We provide opportunities for organizers to learn and develop movement building tools. We strive to build a stronger movement for social & economic justice by connecting local organizing efforts to consciousness, vision, & strategy.


The Highlander Center is a residential popular education and research organization based on a 106-acre farm in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, twenty-five miles east of Knoxville, Tennessee. Since 1932, Highlander has gathered workers, grassroots leaders, community organizers, educators, and researchers to address the most pressing social, environmental and economic problems facing the people of the South. Highlander sponsors educational programs and research into community problems, as well as a residential Workshop Center for social change organizations and workers active in the South and internationally. Generations of activists have come to Highlander to learn, teach, and prepare to participate in struggles for justice.

Strategic Action for a Just Economy

SAJE is an economic justice and popular education center that has been building economic power for working class people in Los Angeles since 1996. Over the past eight years SAJE's winning combination of community organizing, coalition-building, and grassroots policy has gained significant benefits for the community. Our accomplishments include creating the nation's first welfare-to-work bank account and, through the Figueroa Corridor Coalition for Economic Justice, negotiating the nation's most comprehensive community benefits agreement. SAJE is presently transforming these victories into a grassroots community development strategy in the Figueroa Corridor -- a unique area where billionaire developers and 200,000 working poor struggle over the contested terrain of L.A.'s inner city neighborhoods.

United for a Fair Economy

United for a Fair Economy is a national, independent, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. UFE raises awareness that concentrated wealth and power undermine the economy, corrupt democracy, deepen the racial divide, and tear communities apart. We support and help build social movements for greater equality.

Resource Center of the Americas

The Resource Center of the Americas informs, educates and organizes to promote human rights, democratic participation, economic justice and cross-cultural understanding in the context of globalization in the Americas. The nonprofit Resource Center of the Americas (of which Americas.Org is a program) is devoted to the notion that everyone, everywhere is entitled to the same fundamental human rights. Our starting point for promoting these rights is learning and teaching about the peoples and countries of the Americas: their history, culture and politics. We focus especially on the global economy, a system in which a minority flourishes while millions of people lack adequate food, shelter and employment. Every Resource Center program embodies the principle that education and action go hand in hand. Our educational activities and classes combine with our news coverage to provide the public with an alternative source of information. Armed with that as a tool, our organizing programs work to educate and activate the community around key issues. In this way we empower others to work collectively to create social change both in the United States and Latin America.

Catalyst Centre

The Catalyst Centre is a non-profit worker co-op. Our legal name is "The One-Stop Pop-ed Shop Worker Co-op". We are proud to support workplace democracy through worker co-ops! The Catalyst Centre celebrates and promotes innovative learning, popular education, research and community development to advance positive social change Our Values are * Recognizing the uneven distribution of political, economic and social power in every aspect of our lives, we aim to provide a forum for critical thinking and collective learning. * We believe in supporting research by those who do not traditionally have access to research monies and infrastructure. * We believe in creating a space where communities can gather to draw on the abundance of adult learning experience and expertise. * We recognize our differences - social, cultural, political or otherwise - and draw strength from our diversity. By identifying the connections between our struggles, we can take collective action towards positive social change.

5. Some Key Projects/Programs that use popular education in their work and good popular education materials
(Organized by issue areas.)

Disabilities Issues:

Advocating Change Together produces videos and materials using a popular education approach for people with developmental disabilities advocating for themselves.
Inclusion Press


National Network for Immigration and Refugee Rights are the creators of the excellent new popular education manual, BRIDGE: Building a Race and Immigration Dialogue in the Global Economy- A Popular Education Resource for Immigrant & Refugee Community Organizers

Human Rights:

Human Rights Resource Center , a project of University of Minnesota Law School, is the publisher of six popular education manuals on human rights on the following topics: celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, economic and social justice, children's rights, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights, effective practices, and religion and belief. .


A Google search of "popular education"+unions yielded 16,100 hits. Good resources and links on and Two newer books are Education for Changing Unions, an excellent manual from Canadian popular union educators, and Teaching for Change: Popular Education and the Labor Movement, a collection of articles by union educators and activists. Also a new edition of the manual is Troublemakers Handbook: How To Fight Back Where You Work and Win is due out in January 2005.


Good links to popular economics education sites can be found at Also check out


Understanding and Challenging HIV Stigma: Toolkit for Action is a trainers guide developed by Ross Kidd and Sue Clay. Change, 2003. The popular education toolkit was designed for NGOs, community groups and HIV educators to raise awareness and promote actions to challenge HIV stigma and discrimination. Based on research in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia, the toolkit contains more than 125 exercises. (Not a North American project, but a good resource assessable to all via the web.)

Corporate Personhood:

The Great River Earth Institute has developed a popular education timeline tool and interactive workshop for challenging corporate personhood. Their web site focuses on their study circle work on ecological issues.


Center for Popular Education and Participatory Research, University of California, Berkeley is a center partnering with community based organizations that has one of the best sets of links to other popular education projects and resource.
Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community has a "Globalizing Civil Society" project underway with community-based partners to create a booklet highlighting the popular education programs of community-based organizations in the U.S. engaging their membership in the debate around globalization.


Pedagogy and Theater of the Oppressed defines itself as "A global forum based on the ideologies and actions of Paulo Freire and Augusto Boal." It is a network of activists and academics interested in popular theater. The organization sponsors an annual conference in the spring. The best popular theater resource book is Ready for Action: A Popular Theatre Popular Education Manual by Jennifer Anderson, Jennifer Michol, Joshua Silverberg. Waterloo Public Interest Research Group (WPIRG), (Reprinted by and available from the Catalyst Centre,

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