Social Movements Network now talking about the resurgence of the Right in different parts of the world. Coup in Honduras, defeat of the Left in Chile's Presidential elections, militancy of the Right in the U.S., electoral victories by the Right in Europe, destabilization in Paraguay. We need to fight back!
I am in Brazil. First for the first 3 days I am in Sao Paulo for the meeting of the Network of Social Movements. It is a small group, less than 25 people. Groups represented include the Central Unica de Trabalhadores do Brazil (CUT), Landless Peoples' Movement (MST), World March of Women, Network for the Abolition of Third World Debt, Via Campesina, ATTAC Argentina, the Hemispheric Social Alliance and a Brazilian students organization. People are from India, Senegal, Indonesia, Senegal, Belgium, Italy, Cuba, Argentina and Brazil.
These were the critical movement moments that were identified and highlighted at the last USSF:
- Gulf Coast/Hurricane Katrina
- Invasion of Iraq/Afghanistan
- Climate/environmental justice
- Immigrant rights
- Gender justice
What are the political moments now that will highlight the USSF in 2010?
The NPC is now discussing four questions that will be discussed at roughly 20 social forums throughout the world leading to the WSF in Dakar, Senegal 2011, Any thoughts?
- What is the analysis of the current situation?
- What is the analysis of the state of social movements? What is the state of resistance?
- What are the alternative projects?
- What are the strategies of the process of the US Social Forum?
Staff and several members are at the Simpsonwood Retreat Center outside of Atlanta, GA. Good start to the meeting yesterday. The Organizing Committee met to review the agenda for the weekend and there was a lively exchange between Detroit and Atlanta organizers to share experiences from USSF 2007. I will try to update this blog during the course of the weekend with some of the main political questions we are discussing. If you have any questions or comments, please sign in and comment to this blog.
Updates on Healthcare Actions
October 15th and 20th Mobilizations for health care reform kicked into high gear this past week and will continue into the following week. These are some of the geographic areas where there have been or will be concentrations of IAD activity (please correct my information if I didn’t get it right):