PHILADELPHIA, PA — Mark your calendars! The Third US Social Forum (USSF) will be taking place from June 24 to 28, 2015. This year, organizations and activists will convene in Philadelphia, PA, Jackson, MS, and San Jose, CA to build stronger relationships, collaborations, and social movements across fronts of struggle for political understanding and strategic direction as a powerful political force.
Please join us on the 50th year Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March of 1965. This was a 5 day March that was approximately 54 miles. We are honoring our ancestors with THE VOTERS MARCH (Across Philly)
One of our comrades, brother Q Muhammad, a PPEHRC member and Green Party member, was blessed to go to the 50th Anniversary of the Bloody Sunday in Selma Alabama and continue activist work for the upcoming US Social Forum. He went to workshops, he met Mike Brown’s father (Mike Brown was the young man who was killed in Ferguson, Missouri), he met Eric Gardner’s Mother (Eric Gardner was the man killed by the police in the illegal chokehold who screamed 11 times “I Can’t Breathe”), met original foot soldiers who were people who were beat at the bridge on Bloody Sunday (Obama just awarded all of them for the Freedom Award). The highlight of the trip was talking to Dr. Diane Nash who was a major organizer in the Civil Rights Movement and the Voting Rights Act and still holds the torch high today.
Mark your calendars! The third US Social Forum (USSF) will be taking place in Philadelphia June 25th – 28th, 2015. The USSF is a convergence driven by the understanding that people’s movements are what create social change.
The US Social Forum (USSF) is a movement building process that brings together thousands of people and organizations to come up with the peoples’ solutions to the economic and ecological crisis that we face. More than 30,000 people participated in the 2007 US Social forum in Atlanta and the 2010 US Social Forum in Detroit.
Now we need your help to build momentum towards the third US Social Forum in June 2015. Your support will fuel two critical building blocks of the social forum process – Peoples Movement Assemblies (PMAs) and Movement Schools.
PEOPLE’S MOVEMENT ASSEMBLY
Re-Visioning the Constitution to Serve The People
Aug 9, 2014
In Philadelphia, Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) and Disabled in Action (DIA) have teamed up to anchor the planning for the 2015 U.S. Social Forum polycentric site. Addressing Philadelphia’s history as the original namesake of the Constitutional Convention, we kicked off the community outreach with a Peoples’ Movement Assembly in August that focused on the U.S. Constitution, discussing its original intentions and how it was never designed to include the most affected—including women and people of color— but was always meant to be a document that protected property rights.
The US Social Forum taking place in Philadelphia, June 25-29, 2015 is a convergence driven by the understanding that people’s movements are what create social change. It is an opportunity for regional and issue-specific social justice projects to work toward broader unity. The goal is to map out action plans for a cohesive movement and organize to be on the offense against all forms of oppression.
We are excited to announce our new USSF website: ussfphilly.org
Check it out for more information about organizing that is going on in Philadelphia such as PMA events, local work group meetings, and meet and greet events. There is also a section for a community calendar where we highlight social justice related events happening in Philly. If you are interested in having an event on our calendar, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are excited to announce that we will be hosting an Art & Culture Meet and Greet on October 10th from 6-8pm at Liberty Resources (714 Market Street)
On August 9 we will plan how to grow a unified struggle for social justice that codifies our movement demands and builds a Constitution with a foundation of human rights, social justice, solidarity, and ecological wisdom!
A People’s Movement Assembly is a gathering of people who come together to identify community issues, generate solutions, and commit to actions.