After a final round of visits and discussions with grassroots groups and national organizers, Detroit has been selected as the site for the next U.S. Social Forum (USSF) in 2010! Other potential host cities were El Paso, TX, and New Orleans, LA.
Five local grassroots organizations were also selected to serve as local anchors for the planning process. They are: Centro Obrero de Detroit, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, East Michigan Environmental Action Council, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization and South Eastern Michigan Jobs With Justice. Read the Detroit Greens blog post for more details.
MWRO is honored and pleased to be among one of the selected organizers for this national event! We participated in the first USSF in Atlanta, GA, and took a busload of MWRO members, local Detroit residents, students, seniors, and activists. It was a marvelous learning experience and we shared many stories about the water crisis, economic problems, housing foreclosures and more, with thousands of national and international comrades.
The 2010 USSF will be a major rallying cry for people all over this country (and beyond) to come together and plan for what we need, what we can do, and how we will change our communities. Read the USSF 2010 NPC Vision. Stay posted to get involved and participate. And start saving your pennies to get to Detroit in Summer 2010!
(Image courtesy of the U.S. Social Forum)