The US Social Forum is an amazing gathering of over 15,000 peace- and justice-mongers in Detroit. The Forum kicked off with a high energy, spirited march into downtown Detroit on Tuesday. Judith LeBlanc and I had the pleasure of marching with our Peace Action of Michigan homies, and also Will Hopkins from New Hampshire Peace Action. Peace Actionistas from many other states are here as well!
On Wednesday we had a terrific mini-organizers meeting, led by Paul Kawika Martin, Jonathan Williams and Judith, with leaders from affiliates and chapters from across the country. That night we hosted a wonderful reception at the Swords into Plowshares gallery and peace center near downtown Detroit. Thanks to Helen Weber, national Peace Action co-chair and PA MI stalwart, for her work, and also to the other wonderful Michigan volunteers who made the event a success.
Workshops and Peoples’ Movement Assemblies on a plethora of issues have dominated the agenda at the USSF yesterday and today (right now Judith and I are at a workshop led by Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, a national network of predominantly people of color-led community organization, linking the crises of the economy, ecology and empire). We will lead a workshop later today on moving the money from the war machine back to our communities, and tomorrow morning are co-hosting an anti-militarism caucus.
Wish you were here!