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"Culture is politics; politics is culture. The two are inseparable. In fact, politics proceeds out of culture, then turns around and defines culture. Which is why all conscious Americans have good reason to be particularly worried about now.” —Kwame Ture

The meeting was attended by

facilitator: Oya Amakisi

Barbara Ingalls
Paul Miles
Keir Jackson
Nadir Omowale
Akanke Rashad Omowale
Yvette Nixon
Ron Watters
Harold Bivens

Gave overview of the United States Social Forum.

What is the U.S. Social Forum?

The US Social Forum is 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.

What do we want our world to look like?

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.

Where the Social Forum came from?

The first World Social Forum was held in January 2001, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, during the early stages of Brazil's democratic transformation.

Millions have since participated in the social forum process all across the world . ..

The first USSF gathering in Atlanta 2007 drew an estimated 15,000 - 20,000 people.

Structure for DLOC Program and Culture

The DLOC Program and Culture Committee meets in person every two weeks.

The Program and Culture Working Group meets every two weeks via a conference call.

The next Program & Culture Working Group call is:

Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 9pm ET / 8pm CT / 6pm PT Call-in number 712.432.9998 Access 841125 #

The DLOC focus is mobilizing local Detroit artists and logisitcs.

The Working Group brings together artists/activists/organizations from all over the country.

As we grow closer to the date the Committee and the Working Group will work together more.

Overview of Phase I and II of the DLOC Plan

Culture Committee Meeting Notes

Return to the Programming and Culture Committee home page.