The Road to the US Social Forum in Detroit has begun and the kick-off for the People’s Movement of the Bay Area was hosted at ¡Poder! offices in the Mission on Saturday.
Ruben Solís, co-chair of the national PMA working committee and an organizer for the Texas-based Southwest Workers Union (SWU), provided an overview of the PMA process and Social Forum background, then facilitated an exercise to brainstorm and share solutions to various issues confronting the Bay Area. Solís has been traveling around the southwest United States to kick-up off several assemblies in preparation for USSF 2010 in Detroit.
Poder’s meeting room was packed to capacity by individuals and representatives from organizations across the Bay Area, including Smart Meme, Courage to Resist, Bay Localize, Critical Resistance, Design Action Collective, Movement Generation, POWER, Ruckus Society, JASECON, One Struggle One Fight, Poor Magazine, Mobilization for Climate Justice, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, GIFT (Grassroots Institute for Fundraising), and teachers from Cesar Chavez and June Jordan.
For the first time, people’s movement assemblies are being held before, during, and after the main social forum events, in order to better articulate and integrate issues and movements and to coordinate national action plans following the Forum. Solís described it as one of the United States social movements’ contribution to the social forum process.
Check out Road to Detroit, an info site specifically for Bay Area organizations and activists.
The next Bay Area People’s Movement Assembly will cover cross-sector collaboration, the logistics of getting to Detroit, and other specific issues in the Bay Area on Sat, March 27 from 2-5pm at Poder’s offices at 474 Valencia St. (near 16th Street BART).
Also check out the Detroit People’s Movement Assembly video.