WILPF at the US Social Forum
Advice on planning your arrival:
You’ll find information here about all the workshops WILPF is sponsoring (and some we are collaborating with) at the U.S. Social Forum. We’ve also compiled information on other workshops that may be of special interest to members. Information on the time and place for each workshop will be available later; there will also be a printed program.
|USSF people representing at the May Day Immigration Reform Rally and March in Chicago. Another World is Possible// Otro Mundo es Posible ussf2010.org www.chicagoradicalendar.org/|
The U.S. Social Forum is part of the vital World Social Forum movement started in Brazil 10 years ago. The Social Forum helps regular citizens explore ways to end wars, promote human rights, economic justice and environmental action. About 50 WILPFers participated actively in the first U.S. Social Forum in Atlanta in 2007. They joined over 17,000 women and men of many races and backgrounds working for peace and justice. WILPFers made important connections, contributed much, and learned even more.
Join us this year, when WILPF will be sponsoring several key workshops (and supporting many others). You can also choose from over 1,000 other workshops, participate in plenary sessions, the People’s Assemblies, cultural and artistic events, and a march of thousands through central Detroit. Members can also help with WILPF tabling or participate in (and help organize) WILPF workshops.
In, addition we are cooperating with workshops supported or organized by many of our WILPF issue committees, including the Cuba and Bolivarian Alliance, Save the Water, and the Middle East committee. We are also collaborating on workshops sponsored by our peace and justice allies.
Register now, online – it’s easy! Pay by credit card or check as instructed. To register as a WILPF member, write our complete name in the box provided: Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom U.S. Section. If you need help or are registering under another organization contact WILPF member Terry Futvoye-Micus, our Detroit WILPFer and registrar, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay with WILPF members in shared hotel rooms at $22 to $36 a night.
This June, WILPF members will join thousands of activists to make the slogan “Another World is Possible” come to life. The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom is on the official program and our members Edith Bell and Odile Hugonot Haber are also involved in additional workshops.
This gigantic, grassroots forum will address the key issues WILPFers work on, so it is a good place to make connections, spread WILPF’s name, and have an impact. Members can register at the official U.S. Social Forum website or if you want to use WILPF’s official registration password, contact carol.disarm(at)gmail.com.
There is a space on the registration form to indicate your organizational affiliation; write in WILPF and it will help us coordinate getting together in Detroit.
USSF June 2007: My notes from programs/ workshops I attended
Randa Solick, Santa Cruz WILPF
Welcome program: Recognition we're here on Cherokee land, speaker Cherokee 'auntie': “We believe in multi-generational trauma; what happened to our ancestors gets passed down to us. So we're working to bring back some of the ceremonies, language, values, and working with our young people to bring back our traditional values again, which allowed us not to have police, lawyers, jails - and gave us our sense of well-being.”
DISARM: Dismantle the War Economy committee sponsored or co-sponsored five workshops at the USSF and we were generally pleased with the results. In addition, Linda Richards of the DISARM team managed to present a statement on behalf of WILPF to the final plenary, calling for more emphasis on demilitarization in any future Social Forum. Other goals of the forum – economic justice, human rights, universal health care, etc. – cannot be realized while more than half of our tax dollars are going to feed the war machine.
Sound files from A War Economy or an Economy for Peace?
The lead USSF workshop of the DISARM Committee was A Military Economy or an Economy of Peace?
Happily staff and key leadership from POCLAD, National Priorities Project, War Resisters League (WRL), Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, UFPJ, Western States Legal Foundation, Students for a Democratic Society and the new Bite the Bullet War Profiteering Education and Action Network all joined us to share grim information on the war economy, its profiteers and its weapons of death.
During the first hour we concentrated on who profits and who pays in the nuclear weapons industry, in space militarization and bio-weapons research, robotics and conventional weapons programs. We shared brief descriptions of each program, and asked which corporations (and universities) are promoting and profiting from them. We also talked about who pays, including tax payers (with more than half of our taxes going to the U.S. military.) We discussed cuts in many social services, and the terrible price paid by Native Americans whose lands have been used for 80% of nuclear programs, for bombing ranges, chemical weapons storage, uranium mining and bioweapons testing.
During the second hour we explored non-violent ways to end war profiteering and develop a peace economy. We shared many ideas for future action and public education. In the process we of course shared WILPF's extensive resources for the task. We also introduced the new Bite the Bullet Network which grew out of the Stop the Merchants of Death conference WRL and WILPF co-sponsored in Minneapolis last September.
WILPF membership and outreach co-ordinator Jody Dodd speaking to a Pacifica reporter during the opening march of the US Social Forum.