The five overarching goals of the upcoming US Social Forum are to:
– create a space for social movement convergence and strategic discussion,
– advance social movements agenda for action and transformation,
– build stronger relationships and collaboration between movements,
– deepen our commitment to international solidarity and common struggle, and
– strengthen local capacity to improve social conditions, organizing and movement building in Detroit.
Last month, we shared with you the plans in progress of the Transformative Intermediary Group & Gatherers for the upcoming USSF. There are many avenues of discovery and ways to get involved at the Forum. One such way is the Transformative Track.
The Transformative Track is being stewarded by CXC and also includes the following transformative social change field intermediaries: Stone Circles, Social Justice Leadership, Movement Strategy Center, and Generative Somatics.
This track includes workshops by each represented organization’s particular strength and expertise, especially, as it relates to transformative social change, the interrelation of our inner and outer work with social justice. Our People’s Movement Assembly (PMA) will explore the nature of transformation as it relates to processes of social change, with the primary purpose to lift up the importance of transformative practices, stimulate dialogue on its role in the social justice movement, and recommend transformative approaches for activists that can inform practices on the individual, organizational, across alliances & social change movements, and societally, overall.
Some workshops that will be offered include:
CXC: fearlessMEDITATION and fearlessYOGA
Generative Somatics: transformative justice, trauma and healing
Movement Strategy Center: transformational movement building and environmental justice
Social Justice Leadership: transformative organizing
The Transformative Canopy will serve as the physical location and anchor for the Transformative Track, housing workshops, tables, meeting space, open spaces, and ‘Practice Every Moment.’ Throughout the four days, there will be steady ongoing practice opportunities that include sitting meditation, movement meditation, centering, jo kata practice, and more.
From their website, USSF defines itself as “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 the next most 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.”
The Transformative Track points the way to “another world possible, where another US is necessary.”