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On today's show... * We bring you the voices and sounds from the 2nd US Social Forum, recently held in Detroit * And more in our local and global headlines
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Rustbelt Radio for July 5, 2010
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An estimated 10,000 social justice activists gathered from across the country for the second US Social Forum, which took place from June 22-26th. Amidst banners, flags, drums, and giant puppets, organizations rallied for their causes as they marched through the streets of Detroit to kick off the five day forum.
Rustbelt Radio spoke with some of the participants about their organizations and why they traveled to Detroit.
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In the opening ceremony, a Native American speaker welcomed participants with these words to focus participants at the Social Forum.
That was George Martin, a member of the Lakes Clan from the Ojibwe Nation, speaking at the opening ceremony of the U.S. Social Forum.
The USSF featured many Peoples' Movement Assemblies-or PMA's-intended as spaces for discussion and planning for the future of issue-specific movements. The Right to the City Alliance hosted a PMA to address urban concerns such as justice and sustainability in housing, transit, and jobs. We'll hear a speaker from the opening panel, on the issue of transit justice:
That was Francisca Porchas of the Los Angeles Bus Riders' Union, speaking at a Peoples' Movement Assembly hosted by the Right to the City Alliance.
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For three evenings during the US Social Forum, a plenary took place examining the links between struggles in Detroit, other parts of the US, and internationally.
To kick off the plenaries, the first evening featured voices speaking on the movement history of Detroit. All of the speakers were from Detroit or had spent decades organizing in the city, including Grace Lee Boggs, a 95 year old organizer working with the Boggs Educational Center, the City of Hope, and Detroit Summer. Other speakers included General Baker from the League of Revolutionary Black Workers and Ron Scott from the Coalition Against Police Brutality and co-founder of the Detroit chapter of the Black Panther Party. Jerome Scott of Project South in Atlanta, moderated the panel. Today we bring you a portion of the panel, which first explored the role of the Detroit Rebellion of 1967 as a pivotal moment in building a movement for social justice.
You've been listening to voices from the US Social Forum. Stay tuned to future episodes for more from the national gathering held in Detroit this past June.
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