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United States Social Forum (USSF2007.org)

Set for Late June in Atlanta, Georgia

US Social Movements to Forge New Era In Politics Under Banner “Another World is Possible/Another US is Necessary”

Atlanta, Georgia – With a growing divide between the rich and poor across the globe, public opposition to the Iraq war at an all time high, and the 2008 race for president already underway, the United States Social Forum (USSF) is expected to draw thousands of community organizers, trade unionists, students and youth, people of faith, immigrants, educators, activists, and US-based social movements for a weeklong gathering in Atlanta, GA beginning June 27th through July 1, 2007 to “develop leadership, vision and strategy needed to realize another world.”

Political observers are saying the U.S. Social Forum will be the most significant event for US progressives since the anti-WTO Battle of Seattle of 1999.

Among the myriad of issues and movements that will be represented at the Social Forum, organizers have identified six key areas of struggle including: Gulf Coast injustice, Indigenous sovereignty, workers’ rights, gender & sexuality, war/militarism & prisons, and immigrant rights.

What: United States Social Forum Where: Downtown Atlanta, Ga When: June 27 – July 1, 2007

What will happen during the 5 days?

  • Wednesday June 27 - Opening March and Opening Ceremonies. Registration will be at the downtown Atlanta Civic Center, with opening festival at nearby park
  • June 28-30 – Self-organized workshops, sessions, and activities. Evening plenaries at the Atlanta Civic Center will close out each day.
    • Thursday June 28Sharing Stories & Building Consciousness
    • Friday June 29Connecting our Visions
    • Saturday, June 30Strategizing & Taking it Home
  • Sunday, July 1 – Closing ceremonies. Assembly of social movements will craft integrated agendas, and build a national calendar of activities, actions, and unity.

Throughout the USSF, there will be public space events, a film festival, information tables at the Civic Center, cultural performances, art exhibits, poetry slams, programming in issue-based tents, rallies & actions, a soccer tournament, an all night cabaret, parties, and more.

Under the principles of the World Social Forum, The United States Social Forum is self-planned and organized: those who register to attend will set the agenda. Registered organizations attending the USSF can submit proposals at USSF2007.org.

Regional forums in the Southeast and the Southwest mobilized thousands of people and sparked excitement leading up to the US Social Forum in downtown Atlanta to forge a new era in grassroots politics.

2. The Road to Atlanta:Political and Historical Analysis of the US Social Forum Process to Date.

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