GGJ at the US Social Forum in Detroit!
Posted on Tue, 06/08/2010 - 5:23pm
GGJ is proud to be part of the National Planning Committee of the United States Social Forum (USSF).
This year the USSF will be in Detroit from June 22-26, 2010. Read more about the USSF here.
Stay tuned for more logistics information for members going to the USSF.
Meantime, you can download an overview of the USSF schedule and the official program of GGJ sponspored and GGJ member activities below.
You can also download Movement Generation's list of Eco-Justice workshops and PMA's.
GGJ at the USSF:
Over a thousand of our members are caravaning and flying into Detroit from Oakland, Albuquerque, Pittsburgh to North Carolina. All bringing youth members, undocumented leaders, indigenous peoples, single mothers and their children, elders, low and no wage workers- all excited to come learn, share and build with Detroiters, other National allies and International guests. We are helping co-sponsor workshops on building a grassroots internationalist response to the crises with representatives of the World March of Women, the Via Campesina and the Hemispheric Social Alliance. Our members are also organizing the Excluded Workers Congress bringing together day laborers, nannies, housekeepers, workers that have been invisibilized, marginalized and exploited to begin talking about a National Excluded Workers Bill of Rights.
On the heels of 100 thousand marching in Arizona to repeal the racist law SB1070, the Immigrant Rights from Below Assembly will strategize on demanding unconditional legalization that does not criminalize people or militarise the border. Our members are also organizing the Environment Justice Assembly- where they will be talking about how to bring Cochabamba Accords on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth to the US environmental justice movement and how we will participate in the International Tribunal against Capitalism and Transnational Corporations, being called by Indigenous President Evo Morales of Bolivia. Our activities will culminate with an Inter-Alliance Dialogue Townhall which brings together the members of all of the 6 grassroots alliances (National Domestic Workers Alliance, National Day Laborers Organizing Network, Right to the City Alliance, Pushback Network, Jobs with Justice, and GGJ) to demonstrate the “Faces of the Crises” and announce our call to collective actions that we will be carrying out this year. And lastly, we are proud to celebrate our 5th Anniversary as a membership alliance at the USSF at the Leftist Lounge party on June 25, 2010.
One of GGJ’s main strategies is to create spaces and processes that promote movement convergence and networking beyond organizations, geography, issues, political ideology and race. We believe that the social forum is an important tool to help meet that objective. Our member’s consciousness has been transformed by the experiences at the social forums and we think the movement in the US more than ever needs to come together to begin building that other world because humanity and the planet are demanding it.