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 fronts of struggle.
This moment requires a huge and unified social movement in the U.S. with millions of politically conscious people to ensure victory for the arising social motion in the interests of the oppressed, exploited, and dispossessed – to protect the earth and affirm life. The US Social Forum can play a role in pushing forward strategic US movement development through the dynamic interrelation of local and regional struggles, and the emergence of a national movement in relation to global movements. The US Social Forum process is striving to step up and take its place in history by advancing the interests of working class, low-income, and grassroots struggles. The moment is urgent and the opportunities are great.
To advance our struggle for shared understanding, political unity, and participation on the road to US movement building and USSF III, we invite you to read and discuss the US Social Forum political framing documents in your organizations, networks, and collectives.
The following statements have been developed through US Social Forum Working Groups and discussed and approved by the USSF National Planning Committee. They form the basis of our political unity and help orient our work together.
You’ll find more documents and background information on the history of the U.S. Social Forum on our wiki page.
What Happens at the US Social Forum?
- Peoples Movement Assemblies
- Self-Organized Workshops
- Work Projects & Work Brigades
- Expanded activities with internet and radio interface
- USSF Village & Canopies
- Arts & Culture – Performances, Exhibitions, Film Festival
- Children’s Social Forum & Youth Camp
- Local Organizing
- International Participation
- Direct Action
- Open Spaces
- Grassroots Fundraising
- Skill Sharing
- Anything that helps us build a social justice movement!
A Social Forum of a New Type…
USSF3 will be unlike any Social Forum previously held in the US. It will be “polycentric” or multi-sited to enable greater participation and representation across diverse regions of the country. Each polycentric USSF site will hold spaces for strategy discussions, political education, People’s Movement Assemblies, local actions, arts and culture, community building, healing and collective empowerment. All sites will be linked through shared communication, technology and goals with the aim of building powerful movement responses and solutions to the crises in our local, national and global communities. National working groups will support the work of helping build movement capacity and skills in each of the sites and regions.