Summary of SWU-Project South People's Movement Assemblies
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Organizers across the U.S. are using the Assembly process to:
CONFRONT DISPLACEMENT & BUILD A PEOPLE’S DETROIT
After anchoring the second US Social Forum, organizations and community members organized two Peoples Movement Assemblies in the Fall of 2010, created an organizing process for 12 collaborative organizations to confront the Mayor’s plan to “right-size” the city, and planned for a city-wide PMA with trainings, meetings, and visionary planning. On April 28, 2011, a Peoples Movement Assembly created a grassroots approach to find solutions for the city's problems and denounced the mayor's plan. 250 people attended, the energy was high, and the participants created resolutions on education transformation, food justice, media justice, healing justice, neighborhood stability and environment as a human right in the city. As a result of their work, foundations pulled out of the Mayor’s plan and looked to the community for guidance for investing in Detroit’s future.
BUILD MOVEMENT FORCES WITH FRONTLINE COMMUNITIES
Southern Black youth led several PMAs including one in conjunction with the Southern Human Rights Organizing Conference in December 2010.
In July 2011, 60 young people participated in an Assembly for Education Justice and established organizing plans for the upcoming school year.
At the Palestinian conference in October 2010, organizers held a Palestinian Movement Assembly. Their resolutions reached the Arab world, and there was a Peoples Movement Assembly on Palestine at the World Social Forum in Dakar, Senegal in February 2011.
A first-ever Latino Peoples Movement Assembly was held in Portland, Oregon on July 29, 2011 with representation from Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Facilitated completely in Spanish, the PMA identified commonalities and solutions for shared community problems.
DISMANTLE WHITE SUPREMACY & CHALLENGE ISLAMOPHOBIA
100 people gathered at the Assembly on Preemptive Prosecution on May 14, 2011 in Atlanta and connected the destructive tactics of the War on Terror, the War on Drugs, and the War on Immigrants. Families, lawyers, and organizers initiated non-compliance strategies to align our communities and fight racist criminalization.
ORGANIZE FOR ECONOMIC JUSTICE & TO ELIMINATE POVERTY
The Assembly to End Poverty came out of the 2nd US Social Forum and is a coalition of some 450 individuals representing organizations throughout the United States. They are using Peoples Movement Assemblies to organize and mobilize toward a national march to be held in Washington DC on June 30, 2012. E-mail EndPoverty2012@gmail.com or calling (313) 964-0618. For further information and to fill out the endorsement form, visit www.End-Poverty.org
On June 25th, 2011, organizers held a People's Movement Assembly (PMA) in Berkeley to begin planning for an East Bay Social Forum in 2012. 65 folks converged to dialogue and envision a local social forum to collaborate across social justice issues. Go to www.eastbaysocialforum.org <http://www.eastbaysocialforum.org> for more information.
ORGANIZE SHARED STRATEGIES TO END MASS INCARCERATION
Building on several years of organizing work, the Formerly Incarcerated People’s Movement converged in an Assembly in Montgomery, Alabama February 28-March 2, 2011. The historic gathering committed to three shared strategies to challenge key areas of the prison industrial complex including discrimination in employment, shackling of women prisoners during labor, and voting disenfranchisement after time served. Go to <http://unprison.wordpress.com/2011/03/21/formerly-incarcerated-convicted-peoples-movement-arises>
Organizing the Southwest:
Texas PMA on Migrant Justice held in December 2010 laid the groundwork to increase state-wide work on re-districting and fighting anti-immigrant legislation. The assembly also sparked the PMA Southwest Organizing Tour.
Southwest Peoples Movement Assembly Organizing Tour - Between June 1 and July 6, organizers traveled over 3,000 miles and visited 15 cities. The team video interviewed about 30 leaders and activists, and contacted 300 people directly. The online blog has attracted over 3,350 visits that has been visited by 46 countries so far with to the Blog. See more here: http://peoplesmovementsassembly.blogspot.com
Organizing the Southeast:
The Southern Movement Alliance is using the People’s Movement Assembly as the primary organizing tool for building regional plans of action on multiple fronts. Eight Southeast organizations <including SONG (Regional, based in VA, SC, NC, & AL), Moving Forward Gulf Coast (LA), The Ordinary People’s Society (AL), Kindred Southern Healing Justice Collective (Regional), Georgia Citizens’ Coalition on Hunger (GA), Southwest Workers’ Union (TX), the Arkansas Women’s Project (AR), and Project South (GA & Regional)> committed to a Summer Organizing Drive in eight Action Sites to increase base-building efforts, organize Assemblies, and research our community assets. Organizations will be organizing Peoples Movement Assemblies throughout the fall on healing justice, education justice, queer LGBTQ work, and other frontline struggles.
Groups across the country are using the assembly process to organize national Media Justice strategies, confronting the AIDS crisis, strengthening local and regional collaborations, and activating many other fronts for justice.