USSF 2010 - 14 Major Program Tracks

Compiled as a result of the Community Consulta Process. The lists below the track titles provide examples, not a complete list, of key trends and content related to each track.

1. CAPITALISM IN CRISIS: TEARING DOWN POVERTY, BUILDING ECONOMIC ALTERNATIVES & A SOLIDARITY ECONOMY

a. Poverty on the rise: Un- and Under-employed, Underpaid, and Underground

b. Privatization and Failures of Public Goods: Health Care, Education, Water, Electricity

c. Debt-based Economy: Foreclosures and Credit

d. What is a Solidarity Economy? Bringing together international and domestic economic strategies to create models based on solidarity, equity, and justice.

e. Fighting for New Economic Practices: Green Jobs, Living Wage, Fair Trade, Community Land Trusts, and Cooperative Solutions

f. 21st Century Socialism, the Commons Movement, and others

2. CLIMATE JUSTICE: SUSTAINABILITY, RESOURCES AND LAND

a. Building Power, Resiliency and Sustainability through Ecological, Social, Energy and Environmental Justice Movement

b. Transition from Oil and Fossil Fuel Economy towards Ecologically Clean, Renewable and Sustainable Alternative Energy.

c. Food security, Agriculture & Small Farms

d. Water Rights & Access

e. Waste and Toxics/ Corporate Polluting & Regulations

f. Exploitation of Natural Resources, Climate Change and Environmental & Community Destruction (disaster and loss of biological and cultural diversity)

3. INDIGENOUS SOVEREIGNTY

a. Domestic and International Movements for the Rights of Indigenous People’s, Self-Determination, Treaty Rights and Sovereignty.

b. Struggles for land, forests, water, and economic, social and environmental justice.

c. Indigenous movement and leadership in social movements.

4. DISPLACEMENT, MIGRATION AND IMMIGRATION

a. Gentrification and Housing

b. Displaced Peoples: Internal Domestic Displacement (i.e. as a result of crises liek Katrina), People without citizenship and Environmental Refugees

c. Detention, Deportation and Sanctuary

d. Forced Migration: Human Trafficking, Migrant Work, Sex Slavery

e. Domestic and International Movements for Reparations and Landless Peoples

5. DEMOCRACY AND GOVERNANCE

a. Relationship between social movements and electoral politics

b. Rebuilding Society: current experiments and future alternatives

c. Federal and state takeover of local governance

d. Radical Democracy

6. TO THE RIGHT: INTERNATIONALLY AND DOMESTICALLY

a. Exposing Right wing strategies, diverse interests, and structure; use of Left tactics and racist responses

b. Dividing communities with a Moral Agenda: Against LGBT rights, Reproductive Rights and Gender Justice

c. Attacks on the Left domestically and internationally

d. Right-wing on the rise internationally: electing fascist leaders and parties

e. President Obama: What it means & what it doesn’t; what does Center forces mean for social movements

7. TO THE LEFT: BUILDING A MOVEMENT FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE: INTERSECTIONS AND ALLIANCES ACROSS RACE, CLASS, GENDER, SEXUALITY, AGE, ABILITY

a. Building Alliances and Leadership in all generations, culture, race, genders and other differences

b. Confronting & Undoing Systemic Oppression: Racism, White Supremacy, Patriarchy, Class Oppression, Heterosexism, Ableism and other systems

c. Building alliances across locations and political borders (local, national, rural, urban, nations, Indigenous Nations)

d. Creating healthier relationships between people, inside organizations and in movements

8. STRATEGIES FOR BUILDING POWER & ENSURING COMMUNITY NEEDS (Housing, Education, Jobs, Clean Air…)

a. Non violent Direct Action

b. Grassroots organizing

c. Electoral organizing

d. Left/revolutionary organization building

e. Education Organizing, Popular Education and Consciousness Raising

f. Using Human Rights framework

g. Self determination struggles

h. Faith based organizing

i. Advocacy, Legal Strategies, Policy

9. ORGANIZING A LABOR MOVEMENT FOR THE 21ST CENTURY: CRISIS AND OPPORTUNITIES

a. U.S. Workforce: Job Elimination, Cutbacks and Layoffs

b. State of Organized Labor Movement

c. Independent Worker’s Movements, Centers & Radical Labor Organizing

d. Building A Movement for All Workers: Alliance Building amongst Organized Labor, Workers Excluded from Labor Protections, Unorganized Labor, Immigrant Workers, Undocumented Workers, and others.

10. MEDIA JUSTICE, COMMUNICATIONS, & CULTURE

a. Culture as resistance and resilience

b. Art Activism and Cultural Events

c. Generating our own media, sharing our stories, popularizing our messages

d. Corporate Media and Media Consolidation

e. Communications and organizing

11. TRANSFORMATIVE JUSTICE, HEALING, AND ORGANIZING

a. Liberatory approaches to ending violence

b. Converging personal and political transformation in social movements

c. Creating effective organizing models based in transformative values

d. Prison and abolition: alternatives to prison, transformation of communities most impacted by prison industry, and building political power of ex-offenders

e. Spirituality and healing for renewal and resistance

12. ENDLESS WAR: MILITARIZATION, CRIMINALIZATION AND HUMAN RIGHTS

a. Prisons, policing and military recruitment of poor communities & young people

b. Homeland security: detention, rollback of civil rights, and repression of social movements

c. War and Occupation and US Intervention

d. Mobilizing Fear to Justify Endless War & Intervention: Islamophobia, sanctions, red-baiting, moral values

e. Building a strong anti-war movement

13. INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY AND RESPONSIBILITY: BUILDING A UNIFIED RESPONSE TO GLOBAL CRISES

a. From Detroit to Dakar, 2011 – Building Solidarity and Movement Nationally and Internationally

b. Palestine: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions

c. Building Alternative Poles of Power (for example, Latin America bloc or other alliances in countries & continents)

d. Global Justice versus Free Trade

e. Challenging US roles in international bodies (i.e. United Nations, NATO, WTO, G20 and others)

14. DETROIT AND THE RUST BELT

a. Race and Class Oppression in Detroit

b. Technology and the Decline of the Manufacturing Industry

c. Community and Labor responses: labor organizing, converting condemned manufacturing facilities

d. Revitalization of Detroit and other communities

e. Take Action: work brigades, solidarity projects