US Social Forum well under way

Just a quick note from Atlanta. It’s the end of the second day of the first US Social Forum. Due to travel ‘difficulties’, I was not here yesterday. My spies on the ground tell me the march yesterday morning to kick off the Social Forum was 10 to 20 thousand people strong. Always hard to say, exactly, but a quick examination of the program (with over fifty workshops and panels going on at once for three days) and taking in the attendance at the panels I’ve attended, and just the sheer number of people on the streets of downtown Atlanta with their USSF ID badges, this is clearly the largest such gathering I’ve ever seen in the US. Thousands of people together to discuss and strategize a different US, something so necessary for the world as a whole, and no less so for us US’ers.

And the conversations happening go far beyond simple critiques of today’s neoliberal capitalism (too easy, anyway). They’re talking about concrete alternatives that are working on the ground now, and strategizing about scaling them up going forward. Of course there’s still a long way to go, but this forum represents a most welcome development: the coming together of disparate ‘single-issue’ groups to hammer out common ground and devise strategies to move forward as one. I’m sorry you’re not here!

More specifics later, must sleep….

One comment

  • Jonathan Teller-Elsberg

    Don’t sleep too much. Overviews, specifices… keep the news coming.