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. 34 January 2006

THIS MONTH'S THEME: INFO ON MISC MATERIALS

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. SHORT INFO ON MISC MATERIALS
2. UPDATES ON FUTURE SOCIAL FORUMS
3. WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
4. LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES
5. QUOTE OF THE MONTH

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1. SHORT INFO ON MISC MATERIALS

DANCING ON LIVE EMBERS: Challenging Racism in Organizations by Barb Thomas, Tina Lopes, Margie Adam, Between the Lines, 2006, 416 pages To purchase contact Between the Lines

Information from the publisher (A review will be coming soon.): Between them, Tina Lopes and Barb Thomas have some forty years of experience in anti-racism work in Canada and abroad. Dancing on Live Embers: Challenging Racism in Organizations is a vibrant, practical, and engaging distillation of their expertise - and it will be an invaluable resource to anyone wishing to counter racism in virtually any organization, from large institutions, to smaller workplaces and community groups.

Spurred on by their own experiences of success, frustration, and fatigue in anti-racist work, Lopes and Thomas recognized the need for a new up-to-date resource that benefited from the lessons learned both during and following the first waves of equity education. The result is this indispensable book. An investigation into how racism, White privilege, and power work in the daily moments of organizational life, Dancing on Live Embers holds up familiar workplace interactions for scrutiny and analysis.

Using a complement of stories, teaching exercises, checklists, case studies, and personal narrative, the authors provide readers with a comprehensive toolbox of strategies and exercises to encourage and maintain racial equity in organizations. A key section of the book is a conversation between the authors - one a racialized woman, the other White. Strikingly honest, their discussion demonstrates the barriers that racism can construct, even among those most committed to fighting against it.

Fearless, straightforward, and hands-on, Dancing on Live Embers was written for all those who are trying to create more equitable organizations. It will be a welcome addition to the bookshelves and desks of managers, administrators, front-line staff, educators and activists, human resource staff, equity officers, union organizers and members, political leaders, and university and college faculty.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS Tina Lopes is a facilitator, educator, and mediator who works who has worked with community agencies, social service organizations, federal and municipal government departments, women's organizations, law firms and unions, to facilitate sessions in human rights, anti-oppression organizational change, conflict mediation, and strategic planning. Barb Thomas is a longtime community activist/educator and currently works part-time education officer with the Ontario Public Service Employees Union. Her strengths are in equitable program design, facilitator training, and in processes that help people work together to analyze and address systemic problems.

Innovative Approaches for Teaching Community Organizing Skills edited by Donna Hardina. The Haworth Press, 2000, 114 pages. (Co-published simultaneously as Journal of Community Practice, Vol 7 No 1) To order contact Rabble Reads

This book is a collection of six articles covering a range of topics important to a critical approach to Community Organizing. Among the topics are teaching ethical community organizing in an unethical society, multicultural community practice, an Indigenous approach, grassroots leadership, and organizing cyberspace. It is not a how-to-do-it manual like most of the materials reviewed or listed in this newsletter. However, this is a range of issues important to any popular educator of community organizer.

BRIDGE/PUENTE: Supplementary Edition: Spanish Handout Translation/Eduición Suplementaria: Versión en Español by/por Eunice Hyunhye Cho, Francisco Argüelles Paz y Puente, Miriam Ching Yoon Louie, and/y Sasha Khokha. National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, 2005, 62 pages. www.nnirr.org

This booklet of handouts in Spanish for the activities in the popular education manual on immigration, BRIDGE: Building a Race and Immigration Dialogue in the Global Economy, is a welcome addition for the highly respected publication. See http://www.popednews.org/newsletters/popular_education_news_Sept_04.htm for a review of the manual. The supplement was also published in Korean.

 

2. 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) Postponed for two months

2006 UNITED STATES SOCIAL FORUM (USSF)

The (USSF) Planning Committee recently announced that the USSF has been postponed until summer 2007.

In 2006, the U.S. will focus on developing regional processes leading to the summer 2007 gathering. The U.S. has 10 regional committees. Some regions will conduct a Regional Social Forum in 2006, while others are electing to have regional planning meetings in the summer of 2006. Regardless of format, the 2006 events will prepare for the 2007 USSF.

For Information see www.ussocialforum.org or contact United States Social Forum, 211 10th St. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102 Tel: 505-247-8832

SOUTHEAST REGIONAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

If you or your organization is in the South and are interested in shaping the US Social Forum to reflect the issues we face in the South, please send a representative to the first face-to-face meeting on January 13-15, 2006 in Atlanta. This meeting is our opportunity to plan a gathering for summer 2006 to build the capacity of the Southeast region and to plan for the national forum in early summer of 2007. Contact general-info@projectsouth.org

MIDWEST SOCIAL FORUM (MSF)

The MSF will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin July 6-9, 2006. A planning meeting will be held in Madison Wisconsin Jan 20-21, 2006. For information contact pbarrett@ssc.wisc.edu

EUROPEAN SOCIAL FORUM (ESF)

The ESF will take place in Athens, Greece, in April 2006. For further information: http://www.fse-esf.org/

OTHER SOCIAL FORUMS AROUND THE WORLD

For info: http://www.forumsocialmundial.org.br/quadro_frc.php?cd_forum=9

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3.
ADDITIONS TO WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER

Jan 27-29 Standing Our Ground, Peoples' Music Network Songs of Freedom and Struggle, Amherst College : www.peoplesmusic.org or contact Diane Crowe at diacrowe@yahoo.com - 413-548-9394

Jan 28-29 Introduction to Theatre of the Oppressed: a workshop with theatre artist Michael Agnew Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis. For info contact info@intermediaarts.org

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

March 10 - 11, 2006 3rd Annual (Net)Working Conference on Women & Literacy - Moving to Power & Participation Sponsored by: WE LEARN / Women Expanding­Literacy Education Action Resource Network Call for presenters and registration info http://www.litwomen.org/welearn.html

May 18-21, 2006 Annual PTO Conference: Engaging Community: Creating Critical Praxis, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Pre-conference workshops with Augusto Boal, post-conference workshops with Michael Rohd) For Information http://www.ptoweb.org

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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4. 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 (site temporarily unavailable)
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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5. QUOTE OF THE MONTH

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