Monday, June 21, 2010

US Social Forum

I’ll be reporting daily on doings at the US Social Forum from Detroit. In particular, I’ll be attending workshops and strategy sessions in 3 areas:
- the economic crisis/economic justice
- democracy/abolishing corporate personhood
- wars/occupations

On Friday, Maggie Fogarty (AFSC, N. Hampshire) and I will facilitate a workshop sponsored by the national AFSC Economic Justice Program, “From Global Economic Crisis to Glocal Economic Alternatives” The gathering will explore the role that unfettered free markets (i.e. deregulated financial institutions, privatized Federal Reserve, corporate rights and militarism) played in the housing/economic collapse, and a discussion of global, national and local political and economic alternatives.

Feel free to share your comments or questions. I’ll try to respond to as many as possible.

What is the US Social Forum? (from

The US Social Forum (USSF) is a movement building process. It is not a
conference but it is a space to come up with the peoples’ solutions to the
economic and ecological crisis. The USSF is the next most important step in our
struggle to build a powerful multi-racial, multi-sectoral, inter-generational,
diverse, inclusive, internationalist movement that transforms this country and
changes history.

We must declare what we want our world to look like and we
must start planning the path to get there. The USSF provides spaces to learn
from each other’s experiences and struggles, share our analysis of the problems
our communities face, build relationships, and align with our international
brothers and sisters to strategize how to reclaim our world.

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