This section features tools and readings that could supplement existing intergroup curricula or dialogue guides. It highlights the following materials:

15 Tools for Creating Healthy, Productive, Interracial/Multicultural Communities: A Community Builder’s Tool Kit – The Institute for Democratic Renewal and Project Change Anti-Racism Initiative
Across Races and Nations: Building New Communities in the South, Educational and Organizing Resources – Highlander Research and Education Center
Acting Out Racism – DiversityWorks’ The Source
Arizona: Immigration, Racial Profiling, and the Tyrannical Melting Pot – Dr. Warren J. Blumenfeld
Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A Practical Guide To K-12 Anti-Racist, Multicultural Education And Staff Development – Enid Lee, Deborah Menkart, and Margo Okazawa-Rey, editors
Common Sense Economics – AFL-CIO
Deportation 101 Curriculum – Detention Watch Network, Families for Freedom, Immigrant Defense Project, and National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
Educating for a Change – Rick Arnold, Bev Burke, Carl James, D’Arcy Martin, and Barb Thomas
Educating for Changing Unions – Bev Burke, Jojo Geronimo, D’Arcy Martin, Barb Thomas, and Carol Wall
Global Education Guidelines – A Handbook for Educators to Understand and Implement Global Education – North-South Centre of the Council of Europe
Immigration Rights Exercise – Eli Il Yong Lee
Just Neighbors ®
Latino Voices: Stories of Latin American Immigrants and their Impact in a Community – La Conexión de las Américas
Levantando Nuestras Voces/Lifting Our Voices: Leadership Development Manual Vol. 2 – National Day Laborer Organizing Network
Organizing for Social Change – The Midwest Academy
Popular Education for Human Rights: 24 Participatory Exercises for Facilitators and Teachers – Human Rights Education Associates, Amsterdam/Cambridge
Popular Education Publications – CASA de Maryland
Popular Education Publications – Project South
Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching – Alana Murray and Deborah Menkart, editors
Speaker’s Bureau – Families for Freedom
Stir It Up: Lessons in Community Organizing and Advocacy – Rinku Sen (author) and Kim Klein (series editor)

15 Tools for Creating Healthy, Productive, Interracial/Multicultural Communities: A Community Builder’s Tool Kit

A Project of The Institute for Democratic Renewal and Project Change Anti-Racism Initiative

This toolkit aims to assist individuals and groups that desire to organize to address community concerns, particularly groups engaging in anti-racism efforts.  The 15 tools discussed in this document represent key elements for sustainable community building.

Across Races and Nations: Building New Communities in the South, Educational and Organizing Resources

Highlander Research and Education Center

This ten page document is a compilation of films, books, reports, organizations, and other resources related to the demographic changes in the South that have been prompted by immigrants.

Acting Out Racism

From DiversityWorksThe Source

In this activity participants form small groups to create a working definition of racism, and then create skits and present them to the larger group.  Through this activity, participants make connections between various forms of racism.

Arizona: Immigration, Racial Profiling, and the Tyrannical Melting Pot

From Dr. Warren J. Blumenfeld of Iowa State University 

This PDF of PowerPoint slides explores immigration and cultural genocide from a historical perspective and relates this to Arizona’s SB 1070 law.

Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A Practical Guide To K-12 Anti-Racist, Multicultural Education And Staff Development

Enid Lee, Deborah Menkart, and Margo Okazawa-Rey, editors

With a K-12 audience in mind, this publication of Teaching for Change is an interdisciplinary guide that provides numerous resources, models, and strategies for multicultural education.  It is guided by the critical pedagogy inspired by Paulo Freire and includes sections such as language, critical literacy, and holidays and heritage.

 

Common Sense Economics

AFL-CIO

Developed in the late 1990s, Common Sense Economics was an AFL-CIO Education program that taught workers about capitalism and other labor and economic issues related to the domestic and global economy.


Deportation 101 Curriculum

Produced by Detention Watch Network, Families for Freedom, Immigrant Defense Project, and National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild

The bilingual Deportation 101 curriculum contains materials for a one or two day training that teaches fundamental information about the U.S. detention and deportation system.  The materials help participants organize communities impacted by deportation and develop community responses to this system.

 

Educating for a Change

By Rick Arnold, Bev Burke, Carl James, D’Arcy Martin, and Barb Thomas

Drawing on the author’s experiences in facilitating a wide range of workshops, this handbook offers theory and practical tools for consciously applying the principles of democratic practice to daily work.

 

Education for Changing Unions

By Bev Burke, Jojo Geronimo, D’Arcy Martin, Barb Thomas, and Carol Wall

Education for Changing Unions presents a rich, stimulating, and provocative storehouse of practical and structured activities, ideas, and debate about union education. Written in a clear and accessible style, the authors have created a book to inspire working people and teachers in many settings and locations. All the exercises and activities have been widely tested. Six thematic threads tie the book together: community, democracy, equity, class consciousness, organization building, and the greater good. Evaluation, strategic planning, and survival for the long haul round out the discussion.


Global Education Guidelines – A Handbook for Educators to Understand and Implement Global Education

Published by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe

This handbook is a pedagogical tool to support educators in formal and non-formal systems to understand and put into practice global education activities. Global education is understood by the authors to encompass development education, human rights education, education for sustainability, education for peace and conflict prevention and intercultural education. By presenting global education philosophy and content, related methodology and evaluation issues, as well as by sharing existing practices, tools, resources and bibliography, the Guidelines aim to strengthen global education fundamentals and practices.

 

Immigration Rights

Created by Eli Il Yong Lee

This exercise features an immigration timeline that ranges from 1795 to 1996.  Participants are invited to place their family’s immigration history in the context of the timeline and analyze the racial implications of the immigration laws noted therein.

 

Just Neighbors ®

Through nine interactive sessions, Just Neighbors ® helps participants to understand the struggles of low-income families through poverty simulations, role-plays, discussions, and videos.

 

Latino Voices: Stories of Latin American Immigrants and their Impact in a Community

La Conexión de las Américas

In this collection of stories, immigrants from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia, Bolivia, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, and Chile share stories about their migration experiences and life in the United States.

 

Levantando Nuestras Voces/Lifting Our Voices: Leadership Development Manual Vol. 2

National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)

Written in Spanish, this manual builds leadership among workers using popular education principles.  The materials teach day laborers that their active participation is vital to change the oppressive and exploitative social structures that they face.  The eight workshops cover topics such as gender inequality, media representation, and union-employer relations.

 

Organizing for Social Change

The Midwest Academy

Now in its fourth edition, here is the comprehensive manual for grassroots organizers working for social, racial, environmental and economic justice at the local, state and national levels. Since 1973 the Midwest Academy has trained more than 30,000 activists in progressive organizations, unions, and faith-based groups. This Midwest Academy Manual for Activists is central to its training programs and seminars, and it provides an invaluable reference source for organizers throughout their careers. Also included are anecdotes about a wide variety of real organizations working on issues concerning labor, the environment, health care, racism, immigration, peace, religion, energy, public campaign financing and more.

The Midwest Academy also offers trainings based on this manual.

 

Popular Education for Human Rights: 24 Participatory Exercises for Facilitators and Teachers

Human Rights Education Associates, Amsterdam/Cambridge

Following an introduction to Human Rights Education and facilitation, the bulk of this document is devoted to exercises that are divided according to both specific topics (e.g., fairness, fighting prejudice), as well as broader themes (e.g., righting wrongs, respect for dignity and fair rules).

 

Popular Education for Human Rights: 24 Participatory Exercises for Facilitators and Teachers

 

Popular Education Publications – CASA de Maryland

CASA de Maryland, a community organization that works “to improve the quality of life and fight for equal treatment and full access to resources and opportunities for low-income Latinos and their families,” has produced several popular education workbooks that may provide useful material for intergroup relations work.  A few examples are listed below, with summaries quoted from CASA’s curriculum brochure:

  • Historia Laboral Sindical de los EE.UU.  (Labor and Union History of the U.S.)  (Text in Spanish)

“Ten illustrated chapters recount the history of the working class and the labor organizing movement in the United States that are often left out of traditional history books.  Presented in straightforward language, the book includes both individual narratives and political context and welcomes workers to learn about labor history in the United States.”  (Text in Spanish)

  • Liderazgo para La Acción Social  (Leadership for Social Action)  (Text in Spanish)

“The eight units of this guide each address a different aspect of leadership, from identifying leadership qualities to teamwork to conflict resolution.  Each section opens with a visual to inspire group reflection, followed by information and a closing activity.  This material will inspire collaborative leaders to unite with others to transform problems in their communities and build a participatory society based on equality.”

  • New Citizenship Activists  (Text in English)

“The 10 units in this teacher’s guide use Popular Education methodology to explore the relationship between citizenship and community action.  The book takes the material necessary to pass the citizenship exam and links it to broader themes such as immigration, cultural identity, advocacy and immigrant rights.  It makes a special effort to look at U.S. history and government through the lens of Native Americans, African Americans and women, as well as Latino and other immigrants.”

  • Popular Education / La Educación Popular (Text is available in English, Spanish, or bilingual.)

“This illustrated book introduces readers to some influential contributors to the Popular Education field and provides an overview of what Popular Education is and is not.  With sections on methodology, planning and Popular Education in social movements, this book invites community organizers, social workers, teachers, students and others working for justice to incorporate participatory and liberating activities in their work.”

To inquire about purchase of any of these materials, visit CASA de Maryland’s curriculum webpage.

 

Popular Education Publications – Project South

Project South, an institute devoted to eliminating poverty and genocide, has produced some popular education materials that may be useful resources for intergroup work.  A few of these materials are noted below, with summaries quoted from the Project South store webpage.

  • Popular Education for Movement Building (Volume II)

“A valuable tool for new popular educators or seasoned veterans. It has 3 new workshops (with timelines) on Work & Wages, Public Education & Movement Building. But there are also descriptions of eight new popular education tools developed at the 2nd Southern Institute for Popular Education. Volume II also features facilitation tips, group guidelines and much more!”

  • The Critical Classroom

“This toolkit is based in the struggle to link our classrooms and our communities in the larger struggle for freedom.  Included are essays about the history of the academy and radical community-based pedagogies, plus socio-political history and examples of political practice.”

  • The Anatomy of a Movement: The Zapatistas

“Other countries have been fighting corporate globalization for decades.  One of those countries is Mexico and the movement we examine is the Zapatista Army for National Liberation (EZLN).  This fast-paced workshop helps participants study another movement and apply those lessons to their own struggle.  Through timelines of Mexican history, the history of globalization and an in-depth look at how the EZLN organizes, we will learn how to build a local movement against top-down globalization.”

  • It Ain’t Just About a Vote

“Today democracy has come to mean simply free trade or perhaps a vote every 2 to 4 years.  But to build a real movement for social & economic justice we have to build a definition of democracy the same way we build good organizations: from the bottom up.  This toolkit examines US history from a popular movement perspective, discusses lessons from past movements for democratic participation, provides tools for building democracy at the grassroots level, and shows us how to take the long view of politics for movement building.”

  • Today’s  Globalization (Second edition)

“Today’s Globalization-2nd Edition is fully updated to reflect the most current trends & events in the global economy.  The popular education toolkit provides a concise and accessible examination of the historical root causes of corporate globalization and the social movements that have challenged it.  The book includes sample workshops, interactive exercises, and a pull-out timeline.”

  • Timelines related to movement building, the real cost of prisons, and work and wages may also be found here.

 

Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching

Edited by Alana Murray and Deborah Menkart

This book is a collection of essays, articles, analysis, interviews, primary documents, and interactive and interdisciplinary teaching aids on civil rights, movement building, and what it means for all of the inhabitants of the planet. With sections on education, economic justice, citizenship, and culture, it connects the African-American Civil Rights Movement to Native American, Latina, Asian-American, gay rights, and international struggles and highlights the often-ignored roles of women in social justice movements.

 

Speaker’s Bureau

An initiative of Families for Freedom

Over the course of 11 chapters in these train-the-trainers workshops, the Speaker’s Bureau materials help participants become effective speakers and build leadership skills.  Participants develop the confidence and skills to share stories and information related to deportation in a compelling manner.

For more information about the Speaker’s Bureau, contact:

Families for Freedom
3 West 29th St, #1030
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (646) 290-5551
info@familiesforfreedom.org

Stir It Up: Lessons in Community Organizing and Advocacy

Rinku Sen (author) and Kim Klein (series editor)

Stir It Up identifies the key priorities and strategies that can help advance the mission of any social change group.  This groundbreaking book addresses the unique challenges and opportunities the new global economy poses for activist groups and provides concrete guidance for community organizations of all orientations.

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