Organizers of the US Social Forums in Atlanta (2007) and Detroit (2010) invite you
Join us to help build the road to the next US Social Forum!
National Plenary & Peoples Movement Assembly Kit
The Urgency of this Moment
We live day to day in crisis and struggle. For the first time in history we are experiencing a rapidly deepening crisis of global capitalism affecting millions in the United States and billions world-wide – producing austerity policies and massive permanent unemployment and poverty, unimaginable climate, ecological and social destruction, and intensifying political attacks, repression, and the threat of fascism and war everywhere. At the same time, resistance, activism and organizing are on the rise across all continents, sectors, and fronts of struggle.
This moment requires a huge and unified social movement in the U.S. with millions of politically conscious people to ensure victory for the arising social motion in the interests of the oppressed, exploited, and dispossessed – to protect the earth and affirm life. The US Social Forum can play a role in pushing forward strategic US movement development through the dynamic interrelation of local and regional struggles, and the emergence of a national movement in relation to global movements. The US Social Forum process is striving to step up and take its place in history by advancing the interests of working class, low-income, and grassroots struggles. The moment is urgent and the opportunities are great.
To advance our struggle for shared understanding, political unity, and participation on the road to US movement building and USSF III, we invite you to read and discuss the US Social Forum political framing documents in your organizations, networks, and collectives.
An Invitation to Dialogue and Convergence
As we continue our national conversation responding to the deep economic, environmental, and social crises that people around the United States and the world are experiencing, we invite you to come together in your community to reflect on and provide feedback on questions that will shape the organizing of the next US Social Forum.
During the weekend of March 8-10, members of the US Social Forum's National Planning Committee, along with other leaders from grassroots movements around the U.S., will meet in Philadelphia to discuss the road to the next US Social Forum. We want to hear from you! A national plenary session will take place on Friday, March 8 between 7 and 9PM (Eastern), and we invite you to view this session online, either livestreamed during the plenary. Recordings of the plenary will be available after. The plenary will highlight International Women’s Day, the urgency of the current political moment, and will help frame a national conversation about how to build our movements to take on the new challenges of climate change, debt, unemployment, and budget cuts. Work over the weekend and beyond will help shape the planning for the road to the next US Social Forum, and discussions will also guide the work of US Social Forum delegates at the World Social Forum in Tunis March 26-30.
We are also encouraging activists to help shape our planning for the USSF and invite you to organize a local People’s Movement Assembly of people in your community who want to build a national movement to make another world possible. Consider the following questions in your discussion, and go to the USSF website to send your group’s responses to these questions. During the weekend of March 8-10, we’ll review all the communications we receive and bring them into the discussions in Philadelphia. We’ll continue to integrate your feedback as we move forward towards the next US Social Forum. More details will be provided, and you can find updates at: http://www.ussocialforum.net/
Steps to organize local discussions/meetings on the Road to USSF-3
Questions for Discussion
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