This June, Highlander will join thousands of activists, artists, educators, cultural workers, young people, old people, and many more in the city of Detroit for the 2nd US Social Forum. This year Highlander has been involved in several aspects of the Social Forum including the People Movement Assembly Process (PMA’s). PMA’s will be taking place throughout the week, please find complete descriptions in the schedule (http://organize.ussf2010.org/workshops)
For those of you who will be joining us in Detroit, we have highlighted the workshops that we are involved with—we hope to see many of you in Detroit!
Wed: 06/23/2010, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Body Politics: Toward a Radical Redefinition of Freedom/Movement/Beauty
This interactive session, a collaboration of eight organizations, is a deep dive; an exploration of a more intersectional and comprehensive analysis of body politics and how it shapes our political analysis and work at the core.
Facilitated by: The Praxis Project, Highlander Center, Brown Boi Collective, VOTE-NOLA, and Critical Resistance
Wed: 06/23/2010, 1:00pm – 5:30pm
“Beyond “Silly Games”: Popular Education as a Methodology for Leadership Development, Grassroots Organizing and Movement Building
Faciliated by: Colectivo Flatlander, Highlander Research and Education Center, The Praxis Project, and National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Thurs: June 24, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Crossing the Color Line: Alliance Building for Immigrants Rights and Racial Justice
Cobo Hall: D3-18
Panelists will discuss the work of their organizations in building cross-racial alliances. The focus will be on distilling the groups’ alliance-building methodologies, factors for success, educational and training activities organized and curricula used, lessons learned, and future plans.
Facilitated by: Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Highlander Research and Education Center, Bill Chandler, Executive Director, Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance, and Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (invited)
Thurs: 06/24/2010, 1:00pm – 5:30pm
From Toronto to Detroit: Connecting Worker & Community Struggles for Economic and Racial Justice Event
A popular education workshop rooted in participants’ experiences as workers with jobs and workers without jobs in Canada and the U.S. Demystify the economy, explore cultural organizing and consider new approaches for building solidarity between worker centers, community groups and labor unions.
Facilitated by: Labour Education Centre, Metropolitan Detroit AFL-CIO, Highlander Research and Education Center, ROC-Michigan, Southeast Michigan Jobs with Justice, and University of Minnesota Labor Education Service
Thurs: 06/24/2010, 1:00pm – 5:30pm
Multilingual Strategies for Movement Building
Multilingual Strategies for Movement Building This workshop will cover the WHY and HOW of creating multilingual spaces as a key strategy to build powerful popular movements at the local, regional, national and global levels.
Facilitated by: Colectivo Flatlander , Southerners on New Ground, Highlander Research and Education Center, and The Praxis Project
Thurs: 6/24/2010, 1:00pm – 5:30pm
The Juvenile Justice Peoples Movement Assembly
This is a space for people to discuss and analyze our conditions and to come up with collective demands, commitments, and visions. Across the U.S. organizations are working on becoming alternatives to detention, juveniles receiving life sentences without the possibility of parole and the school to prison pipeline. Families of incarcerated youth are organizing; legal challenges are being waged against forced medication, conditions of confinement and the inaccurate data kept by jurisdictions. From the front end to the back end of this system a people’s movement is rising up and demanding real safety, justice and accountability. This will be a space to strengthen our local vehicles and our national movement for liberation.
Facilitated by: The Community Justice Network for Youth
Collaborating Organizations: The Institute for Juvenile Justice Reform and Alternatives (formally NYC Prison Moratorium Project), Spirit House, Reflect & Strengthen, People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources (PODER TX), the Center for Young Women’s Development and Books Not Bars
Fri: 06/25/2010 – 1:00pm – 3:00pm (it says 5:30 in program)
Building A U.S. for All of Us, No Room for Racism: White People Standing with Communities of Color for Justice
Cobo Hall: Riverfront Ballroom (W1-52)
How can white anti-racist organizers step-up to build active commitment in white communities for racial and economic justice as part of vibrant multi-racial movements?
Facilitated by: US For All of Us network, Catalyst Project, Highlander Center, and Tools for Change
This June, Highlander will join thousands of activists, artists, educators, cultural workers, young people, old people, and many more in the city of Detroit for the 2nd US Social Forum. This year Highlander has been involved in several aspects of the Social Forum including the People Movement Assembly Process (PMA’s. PMA’s will be taking place throughout the week, please find complete descriptions in the schedule (http://organize.ussf2010.org/workshops)
Fri: 6/25/2010, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
The Solidarity Economy People’s Movement Assemblies (PMA)
Join us in bringing local, national and global strategies together to create a Solidarity Economic platform by connecting economic justice movements, unions, enterprises, and participatory governance.
Fri: 6/25/2010th, 9:00pm – 3:00am!
The Last Night of the Forum!
Leftist Lounge Detroit at the US Social Forum
DJ’s Sake-1, Chela, Rimarkable, Graffiti, Willie Maze, Dez, Waajeed, People’s DJs Collective, Sacari. Soul, Hip-Hop, House, World, Salsa, Afrobeat, Live Music + Performances! Eastern Market District @ Russell St + Division St
Shuttles from Major Hotels and Cobo Hall Departing Every 10 minutes.
Less than 5 minutes driving from Cobo Hall.
Leftist Lounge Detroit is raising funds for the US Social Forum, Detroit Summer, and Grassroots Global Justice!
Leftist Lounge is a gathering of people who strive to build a powerful social movement. Through celebration and affirmation of our collective power we can reshape the world.