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. 36 March 2006

THIS MONTH'S THEME: DEFENDING JUSTICE

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. REVIEW OF THE MONTH
2. CPEPR WEB SITE BACK ONLINE
3. UPDATES ON FUTURE SOCIAL FORUMS
4. WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
5. LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES
6. PROVERB OF THE MONTH

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1. Defending Justice: An Activist Resource Kit, edited by Palak Shah. Political Research Association, p. 264, 2005. the kit is also published and available as downloads with additional valuable materials, for example, a series of Fact Sheets, at http://www.publiceye.org/defendingjustice/index.html.

The book (resource kit) is a welcome addition to a series of recent manuals and other resource materials that have been published on important topics of our time. Thanks to the Political Research Associates we can add the topics of The Political Right and the Prison-Industrial Complex. Other recent topics with good materials that have been reviewed in this newsletter include Immigration and Immigrant Rights (BRIDGE: Building a Race and Immigration Dialogue in the Global Economy- A Popular Education Resource for Immigrant & Refugee Community Organizers), Challenging Racism in Organizations (DANCING ON LIVE EMBERS: Challenging Racism in Organizations ), and Advocacy and Activism (A New Weave of Power, People & Politics: The Action Guide for Advocacy and Citizen Participation). (See the homepage for links to reviews and information about these materials.)

In addition to an introduction, an overview, and later sections on organizing advice and resources the main part of the book is Section Three organized into nine chapters. The web site's Getting Started link describes the book and lists the chapters of this section: a 275-page printed resource that analyzes the role of the Right and the State in the Criminal "Justice" system. It includes overview articles, fact sheets, Q&A with activists, and organizing advice on various topics such as:

· Rise of the modern "Tough on Crime" Movement,
· Criminalizing the Reservation and Movements for Sovereignty
· Faith and Religion
· Women and Reproductive Rights
· War on Terrorism and Immigrants
· Youth
· Victims' Rights
· Profits from Incarceration
· Securing a Conservative Infrastructure.

The book is also very attractively laid out with nice graphics and some great cartoons. What is not to like? I am looking forward to the opportunity to read the resource kit's various articles, particularly the ones systematically analyzing the political right's agenda and tactics that have transformed our criminal justice system. ---Review by Larry Olds

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2. CPEPR WEB SITE BACK ONLINE

The Popular Education News just received word that the Center for Popular Education and Participatory Research is back online after several months absence. Their new address is www.cpepr.info .

3. 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).

2006 Polycentric World Forum in Karachi will be held March 24-29, 2006 (www.wsf2006karachi.org).

UNITED STATES SOCIAL FORUM (USSF)

The (USSF) Planning Committee recently announced that the USSF will be held in Atlanta June 17 -22, 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. The planning committee met in Madison Wisconsin Jan 20-21, 2006. A process for adding participant to the planning process was developed. For information www.mwsocialforum.org

BORDER SOCIAL FORUM - (includes the Southwest Regional Organizing Meeting) May 1-7, 2006 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (across from El Paso, TX) The goal of the Border Social Forum is to create a space for the integration of the social movements from the border bi-national region, to connect the social movements of the global north and the global south, and to connect to the organizing for the 2007 US Social Forum. Contact Ruben Solis at the Southwest Workers Union at 210.222.1704 or grulla@igc.org for more information.

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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4. ADDITIONS TO WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER

March 8-12, 2006 Being Change: the Way of the Activist Highlander Center, New Market, TN (outside of Knoxville) A 5-day retreat for activists from across the country organised by stone circles. For information contact Margie Hattori, Margie@stonecircles.org 919/682-8323

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 info http://www.litwomen.org/welearn.html

March 17-19, 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

April 7-9, 2006, Northwest Region Immigrant and Refugee Rights Training Institute (WA, OR, ID, MT, UT, CO, WY) Portland, OR (The Training Institute is an opportunity for immigrant and refugee community organizers and activists to gain training on using the BRIDGE Project curriculum and other popular education resources in their work; as well as trainings on topics such as turning out immigrant/refugee community votes in an election year; human rights abuse documentation; and more! ) For a copy of the application form, visit http://www.nnirr.org/NWTrainingInstitute.htm.

April 26-29, 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

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 5 - 9, 2006 International Seminar on Literacy and post literacy Policies and programs Ministry of Education of the Republic of Cuba and UNESCO at Palace of Conventions , Havana City , Cuba delreal@iplac.rimed.cu   www.iplac.rimed.cu

June 7-10, 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

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/

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

January 2007 (Before the World Social Forum) International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) 2007 World Assembly Nairibi, Kenya

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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
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. PROVERB OF THE MONTH

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