The Road to Detroit:
The US Social Forum and Grassroots Responses to the Economic and Environmental Crisis
Thursday, October 8
John Dewey Lounge
Old Mill, University of Vermont
James Haslam, Vermont Workers' Center
(802) 272 0882
james [at] workerscenter [dot] org
Michael Leon Guerrero of the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance will be speaking at the University of Vermont on "The Road to Detroit: The US Social Forum and Grassroots Reponses to the Economic and Environmental Crisis." Mr. Guerrero is one of the key organizers of the US Social Forum, and also a member of the International Council of the World Social Forum. The event is sponsored by the Vermont Workers' Center, the Student Labor Action Project and Students for Peace and Global Justice, and will also include speakers from local organizations.
The second US Social Forum will take place June 22-26, 2010 in Detroit, and is expected to draw upwards of 15,000-20,000 activists. It will build upon the first USSF gathering in Atlanta 2007 that drew an estimated 12,000-15,000 people, including a delegation of a dozen members of the Vermont Workers' Center.
The Social Forum movement - conceived as an alternative to the World Economic Forum - is a space for social movements and progressive sectors of civil society to meet and share ideas, stories and solutions to confront the world's continued economic, ecological and human rights crises.
"Despite the hopes of millions who went to the polls in November to vote for change, our democracy continues to be hijacked by big money and a type of corporate governance that has resulted in the rich getting richer, the poor getting poorer, and no solution to the healthcare crisis," says James Haslam, director of the Vermont Workers' Center. "It was really helpful for us to attend the 2007 US Social Forum in Atlanta and make connections with other organization from around the country who are doing the same kind of grassroots organizing we are. We're looking forward to bringing a large group to Detroit next summer, and to getting the word out to other Vermont organizations about this powerful movement-building experience."
For more information about this event, please contact James Haslam, VWC Director, at (802) 272 0882 or james [at] workerscenter [dot] org
For more information about the US Social Forum, visit www.ussf2010.org