By Bankole Thompson, IPS News
Posted on July 1, 2010, Printed on July 8, 2010
DETROIT, Jun 24, 2010 (IPS) - The U.S. labour movement needs to be reorganised from the bottom up to include domestic workers, day labourers, restaurant workers, taxi drivers, farm workers, incarcerated workers, guest workers and those in the "right to work" states.
Second U.S. Social Forum Opens New Chapter in US Movements for Justice, Equality, and Sustainability
06-28-2010 – DETROIT The United States Social Forum (USSF) closed Saturday with an inspirational national assembly and closing ceremony. Today, the Forum’s National Planning Committee (NPC) declared the forum a great success with attendance of more than 15,000 people from Detroit, from rural and urban areas across the nation, and from countries across the world including South Africa, Palestine, Honduras and Nepal.
Come to GGJ's primary workshop:
What: Press conference, 12:15-1:00 PM
Social movement leaders from South Africa, Honduras, Canada and Mexico challenge
the G-20‘s empty promises and devastating policies
Where: United States Social Forum
Cobo Center, 1 Washington Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48226-4420
People's Media Center, Ambassador Dining Room W2-60, 2nd floor Cobo Hall
(the last room at the end of the hallway overlooking the Detroit River)
Liepollo Pheko, Gender and Trade Network for Africa, South Africa
GGJ at the USSF Thursday June 24:
- Registration continues 8AM-5PM
- International Press Conference on the G-20 Meeting in Toronto Noon-1PM, People's Media Center, Ambassador Dining Room on second floor of Cobo Hall
- For a full schedule of GGJ and GGJ member activities get your hard copy at the GGJ table at Macomb Hall, or download from here
USSF Opening March Photo Essay by Global Justice Ecology Project.
Global Justice Ecology Project is attending and presenting at the US
Social Forum in Detroit, Michigan this week.
All of the photos are by Orin Langelle unless otherwise noted.
GGJ SCHEDULE FOR WEDNESDAY JUNE 23
- For a full schedule of GGJ member workshops go get your hard copy GGJ member program from the GGJ table in Macomb Hall, or download from here http://www.ggjalliance.org/node/398
- Registration continues 8AM Cobo hall
GGJ USSF SCHEDULE FOR TUESDAY JUNE 22
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.
The United States Social Forum National Planning Committee will meet in Atlanta, GA from October 23-25, 2009.