[WSF-Discuss] WorldSocialForum-Discuss Digest, Vol 56, Issue 23/Local Social Forum

Jai Sen jai.sen at cacim.net
Fri Sep 3 05:13:13 UTC 2010


Friday, 3 September 2010



Dear Judith, and others, hi

             It is of course great to know about all this local social  
forum activity (and that you are so inspired by all this !), so let me  
add – as you get going on coalition building ! - what I have assumed  
that you already know about (but I see that no one has so far  
mentioned) : That in the US itself, you have had a Chicago Social  
Forum and a Boston Social Forum, at the very least… and moreover, that  
even in the run-up to the first US Social Forum in Atlanta in 2007, as  
far as I recall there were several local-ish and regional events or  
activities that I would think you might like to also become familiar  
with - and especially given the very particular dynamics of coalition  
and social forum building that has now been initiated within the US,  
of intentional inclusion.  And especially where those dynamics were  
based in part on critiques of and reflections on the Boston Social  
Forum, at the minimum.  And I’m sure that there were several events on  
the road from Atlanta to Detroit, too.



             I know / am sure that you’re of course aware of Jeff  
Juris’ first essay on these dynamics at and in the run-up to Atlanta,  
in 2008 (‘Spaces of Intentionality : Race, Class, and Horizontality in  
the United States Social Forum’, in Mobilization, Vol 13, no 4, pp  
353-371).  In addition, there is the excellent recollection of and  
reflection on the organising process for Atlanta by three of the key  
organisers of that Forum (and also of Detroit, as far as I know), also  
in late 2008 / early 2009 : Michael Leon Guerrero, Tammy Bang Luu, and  
Cindy Wiesner, 2009 – ‘The Road to Atlanta’, in Jai Sen and Peter  
Waterman, eds, 2009 – World Social Forum : Challenging Empires,  
revised and updated second edition, Montréal : Black Rose Books, pp  
315-331.



             Just FYI !  I’m also copying in all these actors in this  
reply, as well as 3-4 more key organisers at Detroit who I had the  
privilege of meeting there (Will Copeland – of the East Michigan  
Environmental Action Council, and Member, USSF Detroit Local  
Organising Committee; Tom Goldtooth - of IEN / the Indigenous  
Environmental Network; and adrienne maree brown - of the ruckus  
society and national coordinator, us social forum), just in case any  
of them would like to come in with some additional information on this  
question of local fora.



             Jai



Copy : For information, and with the invitation that you come in on  
this exchange ! : Jeff Juris; Michael Leon Guerrero, Tammy Bang Luu,  
and Cindy Wiesner; Will Copeland; Tom Goldtooth; and adrienne maree  
brown



On Sep 3 2010, at 1:17 am, Judith Blau wrote:

> Stunning!! I am inspired and motivated, and will now start coalition  
> building.
>
> On 9/2/2010 12:07 PM, david gabriel wrote:
>>
>> more 40 local social forum in France...
>>
>> Last information : http://openfsm.net/projects/facili-tation-de-fsl/les-fsl-en-france)
>>
>> Solidarity,
>>
>> David Gabriel
>>
>> 2010/8/31 subhash lomte <subhashlomte at gmail.com>
>> Thanks
>>
>> We are also trying to organise local social forum ,here at  
>> Aurangabad in India.
>>
>> Details will be sent to you all.
>>
>> Regards
>>
>> Subhash Lomte / national convenor
>>
>> National campaign committee for Rural Workers
>>
>>
>> On Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 9:22 PM, Chico Whitaker  
>> <chicowf at uol.com.br> wrote:
>> Effectively, we are preparing a Local Social Forum in São Paulo,  
>> Brazil. I will give more details later. Chico Whitaker
>>
>>
>>
>> Em 29/08/2010 09:24, Francine Mestrum escreveu:
>>>
>>> I thing they are preparing one in Brasil, Sao Paulo. Or was it  
>>> another city?
>>> Francine
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