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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. 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. 39 June-July 2006

THIS MONTH'S THEME: Literacy, The Racial Wealth Divide

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. INFO ON BOOKS
2. THE RACIAL WEALTH DIVIDE WORKSHOP MATERIALS
3. NEW BOOKS TO BE REVIEWED SOON
4. UPDATES ON FUTURE SOCIAL FORUMS
5. WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
6. LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES
7. PROVERB OF THE MONTH

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SOON!!!!

June 16-18, 2006 SOUTHEAST SOCIAL FORUM & USSF PLANNING MEETING in Durham, NC at the NC Central campus. For info contact stephanie@projectsouth.org

July 6-9, 2006 MIDWEST SOCIAL FORUM (MWSF) The MWSF will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin . For information www.mwsocialforum.org

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1. INFO ON BOOKS

The two books listed below have recently been brought to my attention. The first by a friend who is an ABE/GED educator from Bellingham, Washington. The second was just published 3 days ago with a Book Tour underway. The information for the two books comes from the publisher's promotional materials.

Now We Read, We See, We Speak: Portrait of Literacy Development in an Adult Freirean-Based Class, by Victoria Purcell-Gates, Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc Inc., 2000, 256 pages.

Now We Read, We See, We Speak compellingly captures eight women's progress toward empowerment through a Freirean-based literacy class in rural El Salvador and, in the process, provides telling lessons for literacy and adult educators around the world.

This book fills a real gap in the educational literature on critical theory and literacy teaching and learning. For the first time, we have a multi-layered description and analysis of a literacy class based on Freirean precepts and principles, through the perspective of "traditional" literacy theory and as interpreted through a literacy development lens. This allows us to consider how the adult students learned to read and write within a classroom context that embodies such Freirean precepts as dialogic teacher/student relations; respect for and knowledge of the learners' lives, language and culture; and intentionality about social-political change. Thus, this book is directed toward literacy practitioners, teachers, and researchers who may have heard or read about critical theory but have a need for concrete examples of the methodological implications of such theory.

Enlivening this account is the compelling description of the histories and lives of the students in the literacy class campesinos women who have survived a brutal and devastating civil war in El Salvador and who, nevertheless, stepped forward to work with a U.S.-trained literacy teacher, Robin Waterman, to learn to read and write for purposes of personal and sociocultural empowerment. The authors provide a highly readable presentation of the historical and cultural contexts for the women and the literacy class. They also raise issues of socioeconomic marginalization, unequal power relationships, and gender as they relate to literacy development.

Basing their account on meticulously gathered and analyzed ethnographic data, Purcell-Gates and Waterman go beyond the presentation of the study to suggest implications and issues for adult literacy education in the United States, linking their findings to current topics in adult education, as well as literacy development in general. Now We Read, We See, We Speak compellingly captures eight women's progress toward empowerment through a Freirean-based literacy class in rural El Salvador and, in the process, provides telling lessons for literacy and adult educators around the world.

THE COLOR OF WEALTH: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide by Meizhu Lui, Barbara Robles, Betsy Leondar-Wright, Rose Brewer, Rebecca Adamson, The New Press, 336 pages, 2006.

The Color of Wealth is a powerful contribution because it shows how contemporary wealth differences evolve from pivotal points in our history, and explains how public policy, even when well meaning, reinforces existing inequality. This book is an important contribution to critical work on race and economics." - Julianne Malveaux, economist and author of Wall Street, Main Street and the Side Street: A Mad Economist Takes a Stroll For every dollar owned by the average white family in the United States, the average family of color has 18 cents. Why do people of color have so little wealth? The Color of Wealth lays bare a dirty secret: for centuries, people of color have been barred by laws and by discrimination from participating in government wealth-building programs that have benefited white Americans.

This accessible book­published in conjunction with one of the country's leading economics education organizations, United for a Fair Economy­makes the case that until government policy tackles disparities in wealth, not just income, the United States will never have racial or economic justice.

Written by five leading experts on the racial wealth divide who recount the asset-building histories of Native Americans, Latinos, African Americans, Asian Americans, and European Americans, this book is a uniquely comprehensive multicultural history of American wealth. With its focus on public policies­how, for example, many post-World War II GI Bill programs helped whites only­The Color of Wealth is the first book to demonstrate the decisive influence of government on Americans' net worth.

The co-authors are connected with United for a Fair Economy, a national nonpartisan organization based in Boston, Massachusetts, that campaigns against growing income- and wealth inequality and inspires action to reduce economic inequality.

2. THE RACIAL WEALTH DIVIDE WORKSHOP MATERIALS

[] This workshop is designed to take a closer look at wealth distribution in the U.S., particularly along racial lines, to explore the history of asset accumulation in the 19th and 20th centuries through participants' collective family histories, and to review the role of government in this process. It examines historical and present-day barriers to asset accumulation, and reviews proposed policy interventions for households left off the asset-building train. Order a ready-made workshop directly from United for a Fair Economy. Here's what you get: Set of 24" X 36" Flipcharts . Ready to clip to an easel with a pair of jumbo binder clips (not included). 17 charts. Trainer's Guide . Leads you step-by-step through the workshop. Includes talking points and background information for each of the charts. 12 pages, a set of participant handouts, a packet with the charts, plus additional background reading, ready for you to copy for workshop participants. To order visit Uniteed for a Fair Economy

3. NEW BOOKS TO BE REVIEWED SOON

The following books have been mentioned in previous issues. Plans are underway to review them in future issues.

Dancing With Live Embers: Challenging Racism in Organizations by Barb Thomas, Tina Lopes, Margie Adam, Between the Lines, 2006, 284 pages
Politics the Wellstone Way: How To Elect Progressive Candidates and Win on Issues by Wellstone Action (edited by Bill Lofy). University of Minnesota Press, 2005, 222 pages.
Teaching Defiance: Stories And Strategies For Activist Educators, by Michael Newman Jossey Bass, 2006.

 

4. 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

MIDWEST SOCIAL FORUM (MSF)

The MSF will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin July 6-9, 2006. For information www.mwsocialforum.org

SOUTHEAST SOCIAL FORUM & PLANNING MEETING June 16-18, 2006 in Durham, NC at the NC Central campus The SE Regional Organizing Committee for the USSF met in January in Atlanta and decided that a crucial step in organizing a broad-based, people of color-led US Social Forum in Atlanta in 2007 would be to gather movement building organizations in the South and Appalachia to identify our issues and plan for the larger national forum. The gathering's theme will be "Another South is Possible" to parallel the World Social Forum's theme "Another World is Possible." For info contact stephanie@projectsouth.org

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/

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5. ADDITIONS TO WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER

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

July 2 - 5, 2006 International Conference on RETHINKING EDUCATIONAL CHANGE Al Akhawayn University and Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace, Ifrane, Morocco (We believe education should have the power to transform lives, enabling continued profound positive change and personal growth, to ultimately build a better world.) http://www.ghfp.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)

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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