Another World is Possible, Another System is Necessary

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.

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2012 Green VP candidate Cheri Honkala challenges standardized testing in Philadelphia schools

In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Green Party’s 2012 Vice Presidential candidate is taking a leading role in public school parents’ challenges to high stakes standardized testing.  Cheri Honkala, the parent of a child in the Philadelphia public school system, is also the national coordinator of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign.

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US Social Forum – Building Momentum

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.

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Re-Visioning the Constitution to Serve The People (PMA)

PEOPLE’S MOVEMENT ASSEMBLY
Re-Visioning the Constitution to Serve The People
Philadelphia, PA
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.

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Activist and former homeless mother promotes poverty awareness

Homelessness is a major national issue, as well as a local one in the city of Rochester. That is why the Social Work Department at the College at Brockport brought Cheri Honkala to campus to speak about her firsthand experience as both an activist and former homeless mother.

“I’ve lived a very surreal kind of life,” Honkala said. “I live in, like you guys do, one of the richest places in the entire world and I consider myself to be fairly educated and smart and resourceful and yet I found myself living in a car with my 9-year-old son driving around trying to figure out where I was going to sleep on any given night.”

To prevent herself and her son, Mark Webber, from freezing, she began taking over abandoned government properties, like vacant houses.

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