There are a myriad of reasons for holding a 2015 US Social Forum, as a followup from previous US Social Forums in Detroit (2010), and Atlanta (2007). As the presidential election 2016 cycle nears, planning and formulating progressive priorities, presenting third party or independent platforms, and rejuvenating faith in a democratic system through voicing common concerns is an exercise of our natural and civic rights.

US Social Forum 2015 Conventions in Philadelphia, Jackson, San Jose

The US Social Forum introduces World Social Forum concerns to the American public; led by recognized American nongovernmental organizations such as the Green Party, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Move to Amend, and sponsored by a variety of local stakeholder community organizations.

The reasons include observing or experiencing widening social gaps; schools emphasizing educational testing rather than growing student civic engagement; political leaders sacrificing their moral compass in exchange for privatization and short-term profits; a nation’s infrastructure being compromised by overseas military investments; large numbers of underemployed people struggling to make ends meet; and cities abandoning subsidized housing in exchange for higher revenue office buildings…

Many familiar grassroots organizations are coming together in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and San Jose, California for the U.S. Social Forum June 24th-28th. The human agenda will be made manifest through the convergence of think tanks who realize protecting human life and the planet earth in an era of global overpopulation and climate change is more important than ever before.

In Philadelphia, workshops and teach-ins will be held at Temple University with the Green Party playing a more active leadership role. Visit the Philadelphia USSF 2015 @http://ussfphilly.org/.

In Jackson, Mississippi, “Summer of Our Power” will be a combined US Social Forum and Climate Justice Alliance Event held on Friday, June 26th to Sunday, June 28th.

In San Jose, break-out sessions, films, and youth camp will be held at San Jose State University and other nearby host sites, with kickoff and evening plenaries held at Washington United Youth Center. Visit the San Jose USSF 2015 @http://www.ussfsanjose.com/.

Details vary by location with a variety of nearby hosts and venues, including help with childcare and conference housing arrangements.

In all cities there will be national coordination, such as live streaming conferences, synthesis, or closing ceremony. There also will be how-to demonstrations, tours, short marches, and evening hip-hop music—a little something for each person’s needs for social justice consciousness-raising.

Find out more about USSF:

1. United States Social Forum 2015-San Jose, CAhttps://www.facebook.com/events/794754720562913

2. US Social Forum San Jose, https://ussfsanjose.wordpress.com/about/what-we-believe

3. US Social Forum Philadelphia 2015 – Another World is Possible,http://ussfphilly.org/

4. “World Social Forum,” Wikipedia,https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Social_Forum

U.S. Social Forum — Workshop MAD LIVES MATTER

U.S. Social Forum — Workshop
MAD LIVES MATTER
Mad Lives Matter

  sponsor:  Mental Health Client Association, San Josó City College  —  panelists:

  •   Delphine Brody,  Icarus Project, Sacramento  THE MAD MAP
  •   Christina De Haro,  9to5 Labor Group  BREAKING BARRIERS
  •   Hope Holland,  Peer Mentor, Santa Clara County  ENGAGING BEHAVIOR
  •   Melissa Martinez,  Mental Health Client Association  FAMILY ABUSE
  •   Andrew Phelps  Mental Health Client Association  CULTURE CHANGE
  •   Drew Johnson  Inclusability Club, De Anza College  DISABILITY JUSTICE
Thursday, June 25  — 10:30AM  NOTE LOCATION
Sacred Heart Community Services, 1381 South 1st St., San Josó

 

Description of Event

critical psychiatrist

Critical Psychiatrist

Empowerment

 

 

Bedlam

Mad Lives Matters 3

The Old Way

 

Wittgenstein

Wittgenstein

Dignity

info:  mhca@batstar.net

Call Out Meeting: US Social Forum and Food Sovereignty Movement Assembly – 06/17/2015, Berekely, CA

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Time: 6:30p – 8:30p
Location: La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, California 94705

If you are new to the Social Forum or a seasoned expert, join us for this introduction and strategy session in preparation for the US Social Forum in San Jose from June 24-28th and especially the Food Sovereignty People’s Movement Assembly scheduled on Saturday, June 27th at 2 pm.

The evening will include presentations by Shamako Noble, Social Forum National Coordinator and Local Organizing Committee in San Jose about the US Social Forum and Beverly Bell, Other Worlds Coordinator and food sovereignty activist, on the plan for the Food Sovereignty People’s Movement Assembly.

We will leave ample time for questions, conversation, engagement, ideas, and strategizing.

We especially invite representatives of organizations interested in becoming anchor organizations for the Food Sovereignty People’s Movement Assembly.

This event is free and open to the public. Donations welcome. Delicious food and drink available to purchase from Los Cilantros.

Please spread the word in your network and get ready to be an active voice in building food sovereignty at the US Social Forum!

Co-hosted by Food First, Other Worlds and the Community Food and Justice Coalition.

San Jose’s 34th Annual JUNETEENTH In The Park June 27th At Discovery Meadow!

34th Annual JUNETEENTH At The Park!

The African American Community Service Agency (AACSA) is proud to present the 34th Annual JUNETEENTH In The Park on June 27th, 2015 at Discovery Meadow in Downtown San Jose, California! Please join us in celebrating this historic occasion!

For more information, visit the JUNETEENTH website at bayareajuneteenth.org, or Like them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/bayareajuneteenth!

SV Leonard Peltier Support Group To Honor The 40th Anniversary Of The Oglala Shootout On June 26th

Honor Leonard Peltier on the 40th Anniversary of the Shootout at Oglala!
Join us as we gather together to honor Leonard Peltier, an Honorable Leader and Native Rights Activist, and commemorate the Lakota people who were murdered on Pine Ridge during the Reign of Terror, on the 40th anniversary of the shootout which led to his wrongful conviction and imprisonment!

Speakers & Performers:
Black Berets por la Justicia, San Jose, CA – Drumming & Singing
Izcalli, Host Mexica/Azteca dance group – Morgan Hill, CA
Edward Morillo, San Juan Bautista Ohlone – Spiritual Adviser
Roberto Tinoco Duran, Purepecha – performer/artist
Manuel Ortega, Blackstone clan
William Underbaggage, Lakota, from Pine Ridge

Frank Bramhall Park
Willow St. & Camino Ramon St.
San Jose, CA
June 26th, 2015 | 6pm-8pm

This is a potluck. Please bring something to share.

Sponsored by: Silicon Valley Leonard Peltier Support Group

For more info contact:
Donna Wallach
Office:
408-557-8824 | Mobile: 408-569-6608
E
mail: FreedomNow4LeonardPeltier@gmail.com

www.WhoIsLeonardPeltier.info
www.FreePeltierNow.org
www.djfreeleonard.bandcamp.com

USSF 2015: From the Liberty Bell to the Edges of Silicon Valley

US Social Forum Banner

What is the US Social Forum?

The US Social Forum (USSF) is a movement building process. It is not a
 conference but it is a space to come up with the peoples’ solutions to the 
economic and ecological crisis. The USSF is politically and economically independent, and is led by impacted communities. We are not beholden to the power structure, nor to the large institutional funders (sometimes described as the “non-profit industrial complex”). We certainly welcome institutional funders to collaborate with us, but we do not allow fundraising tail to dictate our work.

The third US Social Forum will be an  important step in our
 struggle to build a powerful multi-racial, multi-sectoral, inter-generational, diverse, inclusive, internationalist movement that transforms this country and
 changes history.

We must declare what we want our world to look like and we 
must start planning the path to get there. The USSF provides spaces to learn from each other’s experiences and struggles, share our analysis of the problems 
our communities face, build relationships, and align with our international 
brothers and sisters to strategize how to reclaim our world.

We live day to day in crisis and struggle. For the first time in history we are experiencing a rapidly deepening crisis of global capitalism affecting millions in the United States and billions world-wide – producing austerity policies and massive permanent unemployment and poverty, unimaginable climate, ecological and social destruction, and intensifying political attacks, repression, and the threat of fascism and war everywhere. At the same time, resistance, activism and organizing are on the rise across all continents, sectors, and the frontlines of every struggle.

Where is the US Social Forum being held in each location?

In Philadelphia, the Forum will be held at Temple University. Howard Gittis Student Center at Temple University (1755 N 13th St Philadelphia, PA) as well as along American Street in Kensington between York Street and Cumberland Street.

In San Jose, the Forum will be centralized at Washington United Youth Center, 921 S. First St, in San Jose along with series of community venues and spaces.

What Happens At A US Social Forum:

Self-Organized Workshops
People’s Movement Assemblies
Plenaries
Expanded activities with internet and radio interface
Arts & Culture – Performances, Exhibitions, Film Festival
Children’s Social forum & Youth Activities
Local Organizing
International Participation
Direct Action
Open Spaces
Tours
Grassroots Fundraising
Skills sharing

How do I register?

1.) Register as an individual and select the Forum site you’re planning to attend, or
2.) Register as an organization and register either three people (for $125) or 10 participants (at $200)

If you register as an organization, participant can attend the Forum at different sites. Organizations that register may go on to apply for a workshop or People’s Movement Assembly. Workshops require one organizational sponsor. PMAs require two.

Remember that you can also register for the Forum in person but we encourage you to register as soon as you can. That will allow organizations to propose workshops or PMAs (that registration process will close in April) and it also supports our organizing the Forum since the event is mainly funded through registrations. We do not turn people away from the Social Forum if they can’t pay.

How do I register a workshop or PMA?

The US Social Forum is accepting submissions for both Workshops and Peoples Movement Assemblies (PMA). Before you can submit your proposal you must be registered as an organization for the US Social Forum. If you have not yet registered, please Register now!. Each organization may submit a maximum of one workshop proposal and one PMA proposal.

This years US Social Forum is dedicated to the idea that we need more than just skill shares, panels and discussions. We need to dedicate ourselves to strategic thinking, political organization and collective awareness. We are happy to be hosted in Philadelphia and San Jose, along with a host of other People’s Movement Assemblies across the South from Jackson to SC and more to be announced. On that note, we are looking for creative concepts and innovative thinkers. We are looking for organizations, individuals and collectives from all over the country with a vision for what the world might be, and strategies on how to get there.

After you have registered, you may submit a proposal for either:

  • Workshop: a 1.5 hour session that requires 1 registered Sponsoring Organizations.

  • Peoples Movement Assembly: a 4 hour session that requires 2 registered Sponsoring Organizations.

Satellite Sites:

Jackson: https://www.ussocialforum.net/jackson
Florence: https://www.ussocialforum.net/florence
Mexico: https://www.ussocialforum.net/aboutmexico

Would you like to sponsor the US Social Forum? Are you interested in tabling?

You can learn more about sponsorship here: https://www.ussocialforum.net/sponsortheussf
You can get information on tabling here: https://www.ussocialforum.net/ussftable

What about housing and food?

For the most part, folks will be on their own for food. However, there will be plenty of food spaces available for folks at both locations in terms of vendors, restaurants and other options. Please check out www.ussfphilly.org and www.ussfsanjose.com for more details.

Housing has been, and continues to be a struggle, so please be on the lookout in the next couple of days for more information in this regard.

What are some examples of the programming that is currently available?

You can view all accepted programming for Philadelphia and San Jose at the following link: https://www.ussocialforum.net/submissions

The deadline for submissions has been moved to June 5th. Stay tuned for more information!

The Location Of USSF 2015 – San Jose Is Now Confirmed: The Washington United Youth Center!

Washington United Youth Center Crop

The U.S. Social Forum is proud to announce the location of our 2015 Gathering in San Jose: The Washington United Youth Center! Located next to the Biblioteca Latinoamericana deep in the heart of Downtown San Jose, the location promises to be a perfect backdrop for changing the world. We’re incredibly grateful to them for the contribution of the their space, as well as to the Catholic Charities Of Santa Clara County. Check out the flyer below for information, and don’t forget to share it on your social networks!

Another world is possible. Another system is necessary. Join the U.S. Social Forum! Register or donate today!

USSF 2015 - San Jose

USSF 2015 – San Jose

Volunteers Needed For USSF San Jose 2015! Lend Us A Hand!

The Donae James Johnican Youth Music Fetival

The San Jose arm of the U.S. Social Forum needs your help! We have a wide variety of volunteer positions available; interested parties should respond to info@healthevalley.net. Sign up today!

Greeters & Ushers
Timeframe: Wednesday June 24th – Sunday June 28th, 9:00am – 9:00pm, 2 hour shifts
Description: Helping to welcome people in their various locations and escort them to desired locations such as the registration table, workshops, PMA’s, cultural events, etc.

Registration Support
Timeframe: Wednesday June 24th – Sunday June 28th, Noon – 8:00pm, 2 hour shifts
Description: Assist in checking participants in and registering people on site who have yet to register.

Runner / Floater
Timeframe: Wednesday June 24th – Sunday June 28th, 9:00am – 9:00pm, 2 hour shifts
Description: Helping support organizers, facilitators, presenters etc. by supporting the process of getting whatever they need when needed

Security
Timeframe: Wednesday June 24th – Sunday June 28th, 9:00am – 9:00pm, 2 hour shifts
Description: Helping to secure the facilities on a regular basis as well as equipment and provide security during the march

Technical Support
Timeframe: Wednesday June 24th – Sunday June 28th, 9:00am – 9:00pm, 2 hour shifts
Description: Helping to secure the technical capacities of the facilities and supporting live streaming during the USSF

Set up / Clean up
Timeframe: Wednesday June 24th – Sunday June 28th, 9:00am – 9:00pm, 2 hour shifts
Description: In the morning, prepare the various rooms and spaces being used (setting up tables & chairs) and at the end of the day cleaning up trash, re-organize the spaces, and tear down necessary equipment

Translators
Timeframe: Wednesday June 24th – Sunday June 28th, 9:00am – 9:00pm, 2 hour shifts
Description: Provide translation services for various workshops, people’s movement assemblies, and cultural events

Film Festival Facilitator
Timeframe: Thursday June 25th – Saturday June 27th, 9:00am – Noon (first shift) and 1:00pm – 5:00pm (second shift) each day
Description: Introduce and show a film, then facilitate a short discussion afterwards. Typically two films per shift.

Please let us know which shifts you can help with at info@healthevalley.net. Here in late May, times are approximate and our need is great! Sign up today!

JACKSON, MS: Cooperation Jackson to host “Summer Of Our Power: Southern People’s Movement Assembly for a Just Transition” June 26th – 28th

Jackson Our Power Pic

Climate change is not a looming future threat, it is a clear and present danger, and it is already threatening the livelihoods, living conditions, and life chances of historically oppressed peoples and the working class throughout the South.

From the inhabitants of the coastal lowlands of the Gulf who are witnessing the sea reclaim the land and watching their livelihoods, lifestyles, and ancestral homelands disappear along with it; to the midland farmers and harvesters of the region who are dealing with the rapid flora and fauna change and steady, but growing disruptions to the harvesting and growing seasons, the South is already feeling the destructive impact of climate change. There are also thousands who are beginning to suffer from infectious diseases, old and new, that are beginning to thrive in the region as a direct result of climate change and the havoc it creating to the ecology, like the Nile virus and deadly Amoebas.

The South is also one of the global epicenters of the petro-chemical driven extractive economy, which is at the heart of the capitalist-imperialist world system, and the primary cause of climate change. Oil, natural gas, coal, rare earth materials, lumber, and mass mono-crop, meat and fishing industries are the bedrocks of our regional economy. The South also bears the brunt of the deadly by-products of the extractive industries in the form of environmental racism and the extremely high prevalence of toxin induced cancers, birth defects, learning disabilities, and respiratory diseases that afflict the region.

We have to end the region’s dependence on the extractive economy in a manner that ensures that the workers, families and communities that are dependent on these industries for their livelihoods are not abandoned and disposed of. And deeper still we have to defend Mother Earth – our survival as a species and the species we depend upon require it.  In order defend the Earth and avoid ecological collapse, we have to eliminate the capitalist socio-economic system that is destroying our planet. Eliminating a socio-economic system requires a profound mass movement that changes socio-political systems AND alters human behavior, particularly the behaviors that guide our collective choices about who decides what we produce and consume, what we produce and consume, why we produce and consume it, and why what we produce and consumed is distributed in the unequal and inequitable manner that it is. In effect, we need a mass movement for a Just Transition and we have to build it!

Cooperation Jackson invites the people of Jackson, the state of Mississippi, and the Southern region to join us for the Summer of Our Power People’s Movement Assembly, a Climate Justice Alliance and US Social Forum Assembly on Friday, June 26th through Sunday, June 28th, 2015 at the Chokwe Lumumba Center for Economic Democracy and Development located at 939 W. Capitol Street, Jackson, MS 39203.

This Assembly will focus on how to broaden and expand the southern movement for climate justice and a just transition. Space for this Assembly is limited. Priority will be given to Southern based organizations and individuals and organizations affiliated with the Our Power Campaign, the Climate Justice Alliance, the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, the US Solidarity Economy Network, the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, and the Reinvest Network.

Registration is $50. Please register immediately at http://www.cooperationjackson.org/new-products-1/summer-of-our-power-peoples-movement-assembly. Registration opens on Friday, May 8th.

For more information visit www.CooperationJackson.org or contact Cooperation Jackson at CooperationJackson@gmail.com or 601.208.0090. You can also get updates on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CooperationJackson and Twitter at @CooperationJXN.

Working Partnerships Workshop Moved to 10:30 am at the Ramada Inn

Working Partnerships Workshop has been moved to the Ramada Inn at 10:30 am!!!!

 

US Social Forum

Silicon Valley Rising Workshop, Saturday June 27th Time: TBD

Silicon Valley Rising:  A Response to Growing Poverty and Inequality in the Bay Area Tech Driven Economy 

Low wage workers do their part to make Silicon Valley the most prosperous region in the world, yet they struggle every day to feed their families, pay their rent, and take care of themselves and their children when they are sick. Although the region’s top tech firms made a record $103 billion in profits in 2013, one in three Silicon Valley households do not make enough money to meet their most basic needs. While technology companies’ direct employees are often well compensated, many contract out most of their service jobs to workers who are poorly paid and don’t receive basic benefits creating an underclass of tech workers.

And in a stark diversity gap, Blacks and Latinos make up the majority of these janitors, food service workers, maintenance workers, security officers, and shuttle bus drivers who help build and sustain the tech economy — yet comprise just 3-4% of the core tech workforce.  This reality amounting to what some call “economic and occupational segregation.”

2014 saw an increase in worker and community driven solutions as well as significant engagement from large technology companies.  These steps signal that there is great opportunity to continue to work together to improve the lives of working people in the capital of innovation and technology, but only if we organize, push and demand a tech economy that works for all.

Come hear from service workers in tech including a shuttle bus driver, food service worker, and security officer as well as local community organizers and policy experts about how they are working to build a movement in Silicon Valley to unveil the truth about the invisible workforce in Silicon Valley and lift up tangible solutions.  

Speakers:

Michael Johnson – Silicon Valley security officer and member of the worker organizing committee

Rebeca Armendariz – SEIU-USWW political organizer

Doug Bloch- Political Director for the Teamsters Joint Council 7

Food Service worker in Tech

Maria Noel Fernandez- Campaign Director for Silicon Valley Rising

 

BAY AREA FOLKS! PMA at San Jose Social Forum on Detention, Prisons, Immigrants Rights, Decolonization

Dear Folks,

          Good morning.  We are a week away from the San Jose Social Forum and our PMA is scheduled forSaturday June 27th 2015 at 1pm in the Saint Paul’s Sanctuary which is located at the Washington United Youth Center921 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95110
All updates are on the FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE so please invite your folks in the Bay Area!
Secondly if you plan on attending the Social Forum and this PMA at all then you must REGISTER HERE!  You can personally register for ten bucks or actually register up to 10 people with your organization for $200.00 or $125.00 if it is 3 members.

Title: From Palestine to the Americas: Colonization & Mass Incarceration 

Core Participating groups from Portland Oregon: Migrant Collective/Colectiva de Migrantes, Oregon Immigrant Activists, Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights & Oregon Jericho

Facilitator: TBA         Co-­Facilitator: TBA                

Primary Contact: Oregon Jericho- oregon.jericho@gmail.com

Time/date: 1:00pm Saturday June 27th 2015

       Saint Paul’s Sanctuary which is located at the Washington United Youth Center921 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95110
      Summary

This PMA will bring together activism around massive deportations, prison industrial commplex, displaced communities, border militarization, Paletine solidarity and Political Prisoner amnesty. 

From Palestine to the Americas people are experiencing the rise of police and military violence in colonized territories. Colonial occupations by the U.S. and Israel have implemented plans of counterinsurgency and counterintelligence heightened with the growing Prison Industrial Complex (PIC).  As a result; millions of people are detained and imprisoned for being undocumented or political activity and Political Prisoners go unrecognized by governments. Private contractors such as GEO group, G4S, and Corrections Corporations of America manipulate the global economy and have many private investments by big banks. Non­government agencies such as ALEC and corporations write racist and imperialist legislation to widen the gap of inequity between undocumented people, the working class and colonized/gentrified people. 

Goals

Attendees hope to build a regional plan that will hopefully lead to more PMA’s in the future. This group will strategize ways to build an intersectional movement and support current campaigns.  Attendees will explore the similarities between two settler­colonial societies, Israel and the United States, with the objective of understanding the intersectionalities of immigrant rights and Palestinian liberation struggles. Looking at the violation of the human rights and imperialistic borders need to be stop by the unification of locals groups working in strategies that support each other.

A People’s Movement Assembly
US Social Forum 2015
San Jose, California

Saturday June 27th 1-4pm
St. Paul’s Sanctuary

Core Participating groups from Portland Oregon: Migrant Collective/Colectiva de Migrantes, Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights & Oregon Jericho

Facilitator: TBA Co­Facilitator: TBA
Primary Contact: Oregon Jericho- oregon.jericho@gmail.com

Day, time and room are TBA so please look out for updates very soon!

Summary
This PMA will bring together activism around massive deportations, prison industrial complex, displaced communities, border militarization, Palestine solidarity and Political Prisoner amnesty.

From Palestine to the Americas people are experiencing the rise of police and military violence in colonized territories. Colonial occupations by the U.S. and Israel have implemented plans of counterinsurgency and counterintelligence heightened with the growing Prison Industrial Complex (PIC). As a result; millions of people are detained and imprisoned for being undocumented or political activity and Political Prisoners go unrecognized by governments. Private contractors such as GEO group, G4S, and Corrections Corporations of America manipulate the global economy and have many private investments by big banks. Non­government agencies such as ALEC and corporations write racist and imperialist legislation to widen the gap of inequity between undocumented people, the working class and colonized/gentrified people.

Goals
Attendees hope to build a regional plan that will hopefully lead to more PMA’s in the future. This group will strategize ways to build an intersectional movement and support current campaigns. Attendees will explore the similarities between two settler­ colonial societies, Israel and the United States, with the objective of understanding the intersectionalities of immigrant rights and Palestinian liberation struggles. Looking at the violation of the human rights and imperialistic borders need to be stopped by the unification of locals groups working in strategies that support each other.

For more information: oregon.jericho@gmail.com