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This June, the second ever US Social Forum will be held in Detroit, Michigan. Activists, organizers and concerned citizens from all over the country will be coming together to brainstorm about how to unite their movements, and how to respond to the problems of 2010. On this edition, we look at how Domestic Workers got organized at the last US Social Forum. We also ask–what can we learn from the fall and rise of one of America’s great industrial cities–Detroit?
Pat Francois and Barbara Young, Domestic Workers United members; Beatriz Herrera, POWER (People Organized to Win Employment Rights) organizer; Donaji Lona, POWER Women Workers’ Project organizer; Ai Jen Poo, Domestic Workers United co-founder; Marcia Lee, Boggs Center and Hush House organizer; Lydia Wylie-Kellerman, international community organizer; Malik Yakini, Detroit Black Food Security Network Chairman; Adele Nieves, US Social Forum Communications Coordinator; Jon Blount, Detroit Summer Program Coordinator; Ben Chodoroff, The Hub of Detroit co-founder; Invincible, Hip Hop Artist and Detroit Summer mentor; Adrienne Marie Brown, US Social Forum National Coordinator and Allied Media Conference board member;
Domestic Workers Alliance builds for USSF
It’s been 3 years since the first US Social Forum in Atlanta; so organizers are just starting to see some of the long term possibilities. Key to the forums success is whether it can help unite local campaigns, and create a large coordinated national social justice movement.
One group that’s been taking that step is domestic workers. In 2007, they formed a new National Domestic Workers Alliance. Andrew Stelzer has more.
Detroit Prepares to Host
Detroit resident Erica Class talks to some community leaders, and brings us her view about what’s happening in Detroit, and what the social forum’s host city has in store for those who’re coming to town.
For more information:
Allied Media Conference
Building Bridges on WBAI
New York, NY
Detroit Black Food Security Network
Domestic Workers United
New York, NY
The Hub of Detroit
National Domestic Workers Alliance
San Francisco, CA
United States Social Forum
Articles, Blogs, Films, Reports, Other:
‘Breath of Hope’ by FLYP Media
A Multimedia Site about Detroit
‘On the 2010 Social Forum’
A blog entry by Cindy Wiesner
‘Domestic Workers Win Montgomery Protections’
An article by Katherine Shaver, Washington Post, July 21, 2008
Live Arts Media Project CD: Rising Up From the Ashes–Chronicles of a Dropout
A website where you can find this CD by LAMP
‘The forum in a Nutshell’ by Adrienne Marie Brown
A blog by Adrienne Marie Brown
Climax (Instrumental) by Slum Village
Selfish (Instrumental) by Slum Village
Tainted Love (Instrumental) by Slum Village
Get Ya Paper (Instrumental) by Fat Killahs
Hello Detroit by Sammy Davis Jr.
Renaissance State of Mind by Ro Spit and Monica Blaire
We Almost Lost Detroit by Gil Scott-Heron
Freedom Schoolin by Namaste Brown and El-iqaa