Delegation of Grassroots Leaders Arrives at Americas Social Forum

U.S. Foreign and Economic Policies Will Be Major Topics as Financial Crisis Infects Guatemala and Central American Region

Thirty-nine representatives of community-based and worker organizations that are part of the U.S.-based Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ) arrived on October 6 in Guatemala City. Representing 20 organizations from 8 states, the delegation is here to participate in the 3rd continental Americas Social Forum (ASF). With the backdrop of the spiraling collapse of the U.S. and global financial system, the GGJ delegation plans to meet with other grassroots movements from throughout the Americas to discuss a range of topics including the economic crisis, the environment, militarism, women's rights and indigenous sovereignty.

Putting New Yorkers to Work in an Economic Downturn

Community Voices Heard has been working with the Community Service Society of New York to draft a concept paper outlining a statewide program for paid Transitional Jobs for former felons and public assistance recipients. Attached here is the concept paper for this innovative initiative as well as a Return on Investment Study completed by the Fiscal Policy Institute that demonstrates how money spent now will definitely pay off later.

Congress Bails out Wall Street as 159,000 more people lose their jobs in the U.S.

Grassroots Newswire: October 4, 2008

September marked another dismal month for working people in the U.S., as the financial crisis continues to deepen. Official U.S. labor statistics show a loss of another 159,000 jobs across almost every area of the economy. This is the 9th straight month of job loss with a total of 776,000 jobs eliminated in the U.S. since January.

Comité Coordinador

Black Mesa Water Coalition (Enei Begaye)
Black Workers for Justice
Desis Rising Up and Moving (Monami Maulik)
Domestic Workers United (Ai-jen Poo, Joycelyn Campbell)
Indigenous Environmental Network (Tom Goldtooth)
Jobs with Justice (Sarita Gupta)
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (Colin Rajah)
People Organized to Win Employment Rights (Steve Williams)
SouthWest Organizing Project (Mónica Córdova)

We Need an Alternative

Like I imagine many of you, I’ve been watching the news about the collapse of the financial system, and I’ve felt overwhelmed. There’s so much to it and so little that I understand. I don’t want to stay ignorant about what’s going on because I am sure of is that whatever comes next— with the bailout, increasing numbers of home foreclosures and unemployment— is not going to be good for our communities.