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
408-557-8824 | Mobile: 408-569-6608

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

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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
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
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:


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

You can learn more about sponsorship here:
You can get information on tabling here:

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 and 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:

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!

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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 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

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

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 Here in late May, times are approximate and our need is great! Sign up today!