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New members added to NPC

1. Hip Hop Congress 6/13* (July newsletter)
2. Right 2 Survive 6/13*
3. Peaceful Uprising 6/13*
4. Occupy Theory 6/13*
5. Malcolm X Grassroots Movement* 7/3/13
6. Direct Action Welfare Group-DAWG* 7/3/13
7. Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples* 7/10/13
8. Meikeljohn Human Rights Institute 7/5
9. Assembly to end Poverty 7/25

PENDING: USA-Canada Alliance of Inhabitants


 --Section 1: Organization Info--
   Organization name: The Assembly to End Poverty
   Organization addresses:
   Telephone: 503-860-9880
   email: and/or
   C/O Michigan Welfare Rights Organization
   23 E. Adams, 4th Floor, Detroit, MI 48226
   No website at this time
   Organization representatives:
   Monica Beemer,503-860-9880,
   Marian Kramer, 313-520-3101,

 --Section 2: Tell us about your organization--
   Organization mission:
   The Assembly to End Poverty is a nation-wide U.S. organization
   formed out of the poverty resolution created at the 2010 United
   States Social Forum (USSF) in Detroit and comprised of leaders
   from poverty groups across the nation.
   The Resolution of the Poverty Summit calls for the creation of a
   new group to unify us and support the fronts of struggle and
   resistance in our communities.  This new group is being called
   The Assembly to End Poverty. The core of The Assembly consists of
   groups working to end poverty, unemployment, environmental
   degradation, discrimination, and exclusion of groups of people
   from their just claims to human rights and resources.
   We accomplish this through:
   Political education and leadership development
   Collectively building strategies and tactics in the face of the
   annihilation of the ³safety net² and social contract
   Analyzing, proposing and developing systemic solutions to the
   economic crisis.

   Organization constituents: Sisters Of The Road, Michigan Welfare
   Rights and National Welfare Rights, New Orleans Welfare Rights,
   Direct Action Welfare Group, Women's Economic Agenda Project,
   League of Revolutionaries for a New America, Poor People's
   Economic Agenda Project, Organize! Ohio, US/Canadian Alliance of
   Inhabitants, are each core/active constituents.
   Organization activities:
   Helping to coordinate/organize/support the first US World Courts
   of Women on Poverty in West, East, Mid-West, South and national.
   Coordinating Poverty People's Movement Assemblies across the US
   Supporting other, regional PMA's (ex. in Appalachia, Pacific NW)
   Supporting Homeless Bill of Rights movement across the US
   We have active members supporting the USSF, including members on
   the ACT, NPC, Resource Dev/Mobilization, Poverty Working Group,
   Gender Justice and International Working Groups as well as on the
   WSF planning council.

   Organization SF interest: The WSF and USSF political principles
   support reaching the root causes of poverty. We are already very
   involved and supportive and want to ensure maximum coordination
   with, and mutual support of, the USSF process.
   Organization SF experience: We were formed at the 2010 USSF and
   many members are and/or have been core USSF organizers.
   Currently, we have active members supporting the USSF, including
   members on the ACT, NPC, Resource Dev/Mobilization, Poverty
   Working Group, Gender Justice and International Working Groups as
   well as on the WSF planning council. We are also currently
   supporting the Appalachian and Pacific NW Regional Social Forums,
   the World Courts of Women on Poverty and other regional, national
   and international solidarity efforts.
   Organization SF organizing: The USSF brings together people's
   movements and struggles to create common strategies against our
   common, destructive enemy and to build processes that support the
   people and the planet. This is an important motion for the
   sustainability of the future.  We Assembly to End Poverty works
   closely with the USSF for these reasons and because the USSF
   process supports our movement in building cohesion and
   effectiveness across geographic distance.
   Organization SF mobilization: We are already very mobilized (see
   above) but will definitely continue to mobilize our vast networks
   nationally and internationally to support the Road to USSF III.
   This is very important.
   USSF work groups:
     - Gender Justice Working Group
     - International Committee
     - Poverty Working Group
     - Resource Development Committee
   Additional Comments: Thank you for all you are doing to create a
   powerful USSF III!


 --Section 1: Organization Info--
   Organization name: Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute
   Organization addresses: P.O. Box 673 Berkeley, CA 94701-0673
   Organization representatives:
   Walter Riley (510)410-6481
   Sho'mane Tour'e (510) 848-0599 Facebook:
   Sho'mane Toure

 --Section 2: Tell us about your organization--
   Organization mission:
     Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute is a research and
   educational institute - a think tank - whose mission is to bring
   the United States into compliance with existing human rights and
   peace law, born out of activist movements of the Œ30s and
   Œ60s. Toward that goal, the Institute provides information and
   technical assistance to concerned lawyers, activists,
   legislators, judges, government officials, students, media, and
   professors on how to use little known existing law for human
   rights and peace. The Institute also acts as a watchdog for human
   rights and reports on violations of the Universal Declaration of
   Human Rights by the United States government and encourages
   similar reporting by non-governmental organizations and local
   governments in an effort to carve new paths for holding the
   government accountable and challenging human rights violations.
   MCLI is named for Alexander Meiklejohn, educator and political
   philosopher, who eloquently championed the First Amendment during
   the Cold War attacks of the 1950¹s. Founded in 1965, the
   Institute has grown from the work of its founder, Ann Fagan
   Ginger, together with a creative staff, dedicated board, interns,
   volunteers and financially sustaining contributors.
   MCLI is an independent, nonprofit, tax-exempt California
   corporation with a diverse board of directors and advisory board
   from the legal, labor, academic and business communities.
   MCLI has helped over 400 law students and college interns learn
   to use human rights law, peace law and the UN Charter in addition
   to the Bill of Rights. The Institute also provides Continuing
   Legal Education programs for lawyers and legal workers, publishes
   books and a quarterly newsletter, maintains a web-page, provides
   informative presentations on how to use international human
   rights law, and answers queries from lawyers, historians, and
   people in need.
   MCLI pioneered the movement to enforce three international human
   rights treaties signed and ratified into U.S. law in the early
   1990s. The Institute publicizes and promotes the treaty texts,
   reports on U.S. implementation and violations of the treaties,
   and cases won using the treaties in U.S. courts. MCLI works with
   other organizations to convince local governments to begin
   implementing the treaties by filing reports on successes and
   failures to the U.N. Committees administering the treaties. In
   2007, this work helped make Berkeley, California the first local
   government in the U.S. to file such reports.
   MCLI¹s noteworthy archival collections of briefs, transcripts
   and pleadings of due process, civil liberties, civil rights and
   international law cases are accessible to the public at UC
   Berkeley¹s Bancroft Library, University of Michigan¹s Labadie
   Collection, and San Francisco State University¹s Labor
   MCLI¹s funding comes from individual contributions, in-kind
   donations, fund-raising events, and sales of MCLI publications.

   Organization constituents:
   MCLI has always been part of a multi-generational movement,
   inspired by elders and youth alike. Our mission to build the
   leaders of tomorrow¹s movement centers around our tradition of
   training interns. MCLI now boasts over 400 intern alumni, many of
   whom now practice law, teach, and/or work for non-governmental
   organizations domestically and internationally. Two intern alums
   who worked for MCLI in the late 1970s and still keep in touch
   with MCLI, Colleen Rohan and Gregor Guy-Smith, first worked in
   the ad hoc tribunals to try war crimes in the former Yugoslavia
   and now practice law in the International Criminal Court. Another
   intern alum who interned in 1996, Lindsley Smith, now impacts law
   as a state legislator in Arkansas and sits on our Board of
   MCLI interns are taught to analyze a broad range of issues using
   a human rights framework.  Says Liz Troutman, one of our 2008
   summer interns from the University of North Carolina School of
   Law: ³During my summer at MCLI, I¹ve had a broad exposure to
   how international law relates to domestic public policy.  I plan
   to practice immigration law, and I can more clearly see how my
   exposure to human rights law at MCLI will inform the way I
   practice law in the future.²
   Organization activities:
   In its early years, the Meiklejohn Library assisted lawyers to
   develop legal strategies, against the Vietnam War, including
   support for conscientious objectors, against racism in jury
   selection (Charles Garry benefited from this assistance), and on
   behalf of school integration.
   Before founding MCLI in 1965, Executive Director Ann Fagan Ginger
   worked at the National Lawyers Guild as the Editor of the Guild
   Practitioner. One of only eight women to graduate from the
   University of Michigan Law School in 1947, she¹d struggled to
   find a place in the male-dominated field of law, starting as the
   Administrator for Membership at the NLG and working her way to
   Editor. In 1959, she argued a case against the House UnAmerican
   Activities Committee in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, and won.
   A few years later, she helped Atty. Bertram Edises win a parallel
   civil liberties case.
   She worked for the NLG from YEAR to YEAR and she noticed that the
   NLG wasn¹t taking care of their archives of case materials.
   Recognizing the importance of the archives as the building blocks
   of legal strategies for resisting governmental human rights
   abuses, Ann decided to open a legal library. She asked her mentor
   Alexander Meiklejohn if she could use his name, inspired by his
   commitment to the First Amendment in spite of McCarthy-era
   government suppression. She founded the Meiklejohn Civil
   Liberties Library to make the lessons of the past available to
   the activists of the future.
   In the first ten years, the Meiklejohn Library continued
   collecting archival materials from the NLG and from civil
   liberties lawyers all over the country. The Library published a
   serial called the Civil Liberties Docket ­ a unique compilation
   of legal "briefs," transcripts, and motions in hundreds of civil
   liberties. Ann Fagan Ginger had been publishing the Docket
   bi-monthly through the NLG from 1955-1965, and began publishing
   it through the Library in 1965. She employed interns in
   collecting the material and published the Docket up until 1995.
   The goal of the Docket was to demonstrate the connectedness of
   all activists struggling to uphold civil rights and to document
   the legal strategies for winning civil liberties cases.
   The Library was more than a publishing house though, it also
   trained students through internships and an on-campus office at
   the New College School of Law in San Francisco. The Library filed
   amicus briefs in many cases including the Angela Davis case and
   the Pentagon Papers trials. Ann Fagan Ginger taught classes in
   Constitutional and Labor Law, acted as counsel in civil liberties
   cases, and kept an open door for people in need of legal advice.
   The Library was always full of lawyers looking for strategies for
   their next case, activists researching their rights, and friends
   connecting in a safe place. As she says, ³The Civil Rights
   Movement didn¹t just happen.² It grew from the courage and
   hard work of organizations like the Meikeljohn Civil Liberties
   Library, at the grassroots level and in court.
   Although the name of the Library changed in 1972 to Meiklejohn
   Civil Liberties Institute, the goal of uniting activists behind
   civil liberties and documenting legal strategies for future use
   remains. Also in 1972, Ann Ginger wrote/edited The Relevant
   Lawyers, documenting strategic advice from successful lawyers on
   how to use the law as a tool for social change.
   During this period, MCLI continued providing legal assistance and
   advice to laywers and activists and submitting amicus briefs in
   cases including University of California v Bakke. Ann Fagan
   Ginger taught classes in Labor Law, Immigration Law, Sex
   Discrimination in Law, and more, at New College, University of
   Santa Clara School of Law, University of California-Hastings
   College of Law, among others. She continued in her efforts to
   strengthen and unite activists as other organizations were
   destroyed by the government, notably the Black Panthers and ANN
   In 1975, in response to the attacks on progressive organizations,
   MCLI published the first edition of Human Rights Organizations &
   Periodicals Directory. The Directory is a biennial serial
   compiling descriptions and contact information for civil
   liberties, environmental, and peace groups, along with their
   publications and their internships. This significant publication
   strengthened the human rights movement by legitimizing it and
   helping organizations and individuals connect with one another.
   The 12th edition was published in 2007 and the Directory is still
   carried in public and college libraries across the country.
   For MCLI¹s 15th anniversary in 1980, we put on a symposium
   called "Are you now or have you ever been ...?" to examine how
   Truman/ McCarthyism had affected our families, our jobs, our
   unions, our land, and the law. The event was so successful in
   bringing people together for healing and inspiration, that MCLI
   put on a string of symposiums, attended by one and all, several
   at old Finn Hall, and for each we published a journal:
   * The KKK, Nazis, Moral Majority and New Right - 1981
   * The Right to Earn a Living in the United States - 1982
   * Lift Every Voice for Civil Rights - 1983
   * Free Speech Movement Anniversary - 1984
   * Peace and Twenty ­ 1985
   This culminated in the publishing of The Cold War Against Labor,
   a rich anthology by union organizers and rank-and-file members in
   many industries describing their struggle against employers and
   McCarthyites. (2 vols. out of the 1980 "Are You NowŠ"
   Symposium, 1987.)
   Since its inception, In 1988, Ginger co-authored The National
   Lawyers Guild: From Roosevelt Through Reagan with Eugene M.
   Tobin, documenting the achievements of the organization through
   this time.
   In the late 1980¹s, Ann Fagan Ginger began developing a new
   field of law ­ ³Peace Law.² She taught a class
   In 1992, MCLI began presenting expert testimony on the new field
   we pioneered -- peace law. We helped get at least one acquittal
   in Utah, and one community service sentence (served at
   Meiklejohn). The Gulf War set us quickly on PeaceNet with the
   first legal analysis of "Blood, Oil and the Law re U.S. Troops in
   Saudi Arabia."
   In 1989, MCLI conducted Peace Law Training Sessions at UC
   Berkeley and at the American Association for Advancement of
   Science, Pacific Division in Chico, CA, and presented an MCLI
   petition on "Peace Law and Colonialism" to the 4th Committee of
   the General Assembly of U.N.
   This led to Peace Law Packets, collections of legal material from
   the Docket collection, on topics ranging from First Amendment
   Defense-State to Socially-Responsible Cities. MCLI published the
   Peace Law Almanac in 1991, creating a reference of legal texts
   for lawyers including the U.N. Charter, the U.S. Constitution,
   the Nuremberg Principles, the U.S. Army Field Manual, court
   opinions in U.S. v. Lt. Calley and Spock v. United States, and
   much more.
   Also in 1991, MCLI proposed Berkeley City Council Resolution:
   Responsibilities of the City in View of the War in Iraq, which
   was adopted.
   MCLI strives to domestically enforce international law concerning
   nuclear weapons.  Ann Ginger's book, Nuclear Weapons Are Illegal:
   The Historic Opinion of the World Court and how it will be
   enforced (Apex Press) has led to numerous think-and-action pieces
   by MCLI on nuclear weapons issues -- at Lawrence Livermore and
   Berkeley Laboratories and in use of depleted uranium in Kosovo.
   During the U.S./NATO bombing of Kosovo and Serbia, MCLI prepared
   numerous reports on the legal issues and relevant U.N. law and
   treaties, and participated in countless coalitions and teach-ins.
   MCLI presented U.N. charter law on public radio stations in
   Connecticut, Massachusetts, Ohio, and four stations in
   After the events of September 11th, 2001, MCLI released numerous
   statements urging the United States to follow its commitments to
   peace and international law.
   MCLI also prepared Challenging Human Rights Violations Since
   9/11, an award-winning book created by the research of interns
   and edited by Ann Fagan Ginger, detailing U.S. government
   violations of the International Covenant on Civil and Political
   Rights.  The book was submitted by MCLI to the U.N. Human Rights
   Committee in 2006 as a ³shadow² report, supplementing the
   U.S. report on compliance with ICCPR.
   In 1998, MCLI presented ³Building Democracy in the Aftermath of
   the Cold War: Lessons from the Events & the Survivors,²
   dedicated to the memory of Bella Abzug. The weekend began with a
   Reunion of victims and veterans of the Cold War and ended with
   the presentation of Honorable Discharges from the Cold War and
   Vietnam War and Registration Papers for the 21st century.
   Ginger is credited with developing a new field of law, peace law,
   during professorships at several law schools and universities
   including UC Berkeley, Hastings Law School, University of San
   Francisco School of Law, and San Francisco State University.
   Anti-racism is a conscious goal of MCLI and is reflected in the
   content of our work as well as the members of our Board. Vice
   President Rev. Daniel Buford teaches workshops on undoing racism
   through Peoples Institute West and brings his expertise to the
   Development Committee, responsible for evaluating the
   effectiveness of our work and shaping our strategies. He is
   currently heading a project to bring government accountability to
   the ³San Francisco Bay Area Toxic Triangle,² a trio of highly
   toxic sites located in African-American neighborhoods in Alameda,
   Contra Costa, and San Francisco Counties. The community residents
   have asked MCLI to provide technical support on strategy building
   and leadership skills to effectively engage local and federal
   government in the effort to clean up these sites. The Toxic
   Triangle is a demonstration project that can be emulated across
   the country. Towards this end, MCLI will create a template for
   filing complaints with the Office of Inspector General regarding
   ³Environmental Racism,² an issue we¹ve reported to the U.N.
   treaty committees since 1995.

   The Human Rights Reporting Project seeks to domestically enforce
   the three ratified human rights treaties as part of MCLI¹s
   larger goal of full U.S. compliance with universal human rights
   standards. The three ratified treaties are:
   (1) The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
   (ICCPR), written to make the provisions in the Universal
   Declaration of Human Rights enforceable;
   (2) The Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or
   Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT), which bans the use of
   torture under any circumstances, including ³a state of war or a
   threat of war² ;
   (3) The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial
   Discrimination (CERD), which requires nations to ³adopt all
   necessary measures for speedily eliminating racial discrimination
   in all its forms and manifestations.²
   MCLI employs three strategies to enforce the treaties:
   (1) Help convince all cities, counties, and states in the United
   States to implement the treaties by filing reports on successes
   and failures to the U.N. Committees administering the treaties.
   MCLI partnered with the Berkeley Peace & Justice Commission to
   convince the City of Berkeley to report. In 2007, Berkeley became
   the first city in the United States to file reports to the U.N.
   Committees. This demonstration project is now a model for how to
   convince local governments to report. We distribute a sample
   resolution and a detailed treaty-reporting template created with
   help from the Berkeley Peace & Justice Commission and student
   (2) File supplemental ³shadow² reports to the U.N. Committees
   documenting treaty violations left out of the official U.S.
   Department of State report.  The need for supplemental reporting
   is clear. The U.S. government has determined not to enforce
   ICCPR, CERD and CAT. They¹ve filed the required reports late
   and failed to include the most flagrant of violations in their
   reports. For example, in the 2006 report on compliance with
   ICCPR, the U.S. did not mention the issues in the Gulf Coast due
   to the government response to Hurricane Katrina. Because the
   Committees that review the required reports requested
   non-governmental organizations to file supplemental reports when
   necessary, MCLI submitted a supplemental report with details of
   the violations in the government¹s response to Katrina. We sent
   two members of our Board of Directors to present to the Committee
   the content of our supplemental report.  The Committee made
   recommendations for remedying these violations in its concluding
   observations and called on the U.S. to act immediately. The U.S.
   Department of State responded by announcing that it was sending
   more money to the Gulf and would investigate charges of racial
   discrimination in police shootings on Danziger Bridge following
   the hurricane.
   (3) Broaden the domestic civil liberties/civil rights discussion
   to include human rights. Most U.S. residents, activists, lawyers,
   legislators, journalists, judges, government officials,
   professors, and students in the United States aren¹t aware of
   these powerful tools or how to enforce them. MCLI Board Members
   and Staff speak on the radio and television, post on the
   internet, and participate in numerous community coalition
   meetings and events.  MCLI provides advice on using the treaties
   and publicizes the text of the treaties and reports on

   The MCLI Development Committee consists of members of the Board
   of Directors and the Project Manager of Development. The
   Committee refines and evaluates the goals and strategies of MCLI
   consistent with the core values of longevity, independence, and
   integrity. Looking to the next 100 years of MCLI the Development
   Committee seeks to increase the amount of funding from private
   foundations, and law firms, to support the expansion of our
   projects and the transition to new leadership upon the retirement
   of our long-time Executive Director, Ann Fagan Ginger.
   Towards this end, MCLI now employs a part-time Project Manager of
   Development to implement fundraising and grant-writing projects
   and to facilitate the plans for expansion and new leadership.
   The MCLI Continuing Legal Education program seeks to help enforce
   universal standards of human rights domestically and resist
   government acts that diminish those rights, like the suspension
   of habeus corpus and severe cuts in government spending on
   training and assistance programs. Toward that end, the MCLI CLE
   provides lawyers with three types of new information they can use
   in their practice:
   (1) How to win cases in U.S. courts by using the U.N. Charter and
   ratified U.N. human rights treaties along with provisions in the
   U.S. Constitution.
   (2) How lawyers can help their clients and causes by convincing
   cities to file reports on these issues with the three U.N.
   committees, or themselves filing such informal reports and making
   informal presentations to U.N. human rights committees in Geneva
   and New York.
   (3) How to file complaints with the appropriate Office of
   Inspector General which can result in a report to the House and
   Senate Judiciary Committee chairs on the issue.  Today this may
   have as great an effect as filing a lawsuit on a difficult
   The materials for the CLE program are kept up-to-date by MCLI law
   school interns. Lawyers and legal workers who attend the CLE
   receive a comprehensive list of cases won in U.S. courts using
   the ratified treaties as well as an extensive appendix of legal
   texts. The appendix includes the entire text of ICCPR, CERD, and
   CAT as well as the Nuremberg Principles, the Universal
   Declaration of Human Rights, and ten other texts.
   Organization SF interest: MCLI wants to simply expand the scope
   of the US Social Forum in it's relationship to Peace Law and
   highlighting the need for U.N. shadow reporting for Human Right
   violations in the United States and abroad.
   Organization SF experience:
   The MCLI Development Committee consists of members of the Board
   of Directors and the Project Manager of Development. The
   Committee refines and evaluates the goals and strategies of MCLI
   consistent with the core values of longevity, independence, and
   integrity. Looking to the next 100 years of MCLI the Development
   Committee seeks to increase the amount of funding from private
   foundations, and law firms, to support the expansion of our
   projects and the transition to new leadership upon the retirement
   of our long-time Executive Director, Ann Fagan Ginger.
   Towards this end, MCLI now employs a part-time Project Manager of
   Development to implement fundraising and grant-writing projects
   and to facilitate the plans for expansion and new leadership.
   Organization SF organizing: We think it is critical, this is why
   we believe it will be necessary for Meiklejohn Civil Liberties
   Institute vision to be incorporated in the larger organizing
   process for USSF.
   Organization SF mobilization: well over 1,600
   USSF work groups:
     - Gender Justice Working Group
     - International Committee
     - Peoples Movement Assembly
     - Poverty Working Group
   Additional Comments:



--Section 1: Organization Info--
   Organization name: Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples
   Organization addresses:
   PO Box 4569
   Arcata, CA  95518
   (707) 825-7640
   Organization representatives:
   Tia Oros Peters - Primary Contact
   Executive DIrector
   (707) 362-6447
   Chris Peters - Secondary Contact

 --Section 2: Tell us about your organization--
   Organization mission: The Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous
   Peoples is dedicated to promoting and maintaining the uniqueness
   of Native peoples and the sovereignty of our distinct Nations.
   Organization constituents: Our constituents are the Indigenous
   community projects we serve, foundations who support our work,
   and allies and individual supporters with an interest in Native
   Sovereignty and Indigenous Rights.  We have over 3150 on our
   mailing lists.
   Organization activities:
   Identify and direct much needed resources to critical frontline
   initiatives in Indigenous communities. Designed to engender
   collective problem solving, foster new leaders, and build
   community skills and holistically promote culturally vibrant,
   empowered, self-sufficient, and more just communities through:
   Mobilizing resources to Indigenous Peoples, communities &
   nations, through strategic placement of program related support
   including small grants, technical assistance, organizational and
   capacity development to build knowledge and skills.
   Building collective power and multi-generational leadership by
   engaging and organizing Indigenous Peoples, communities & nations
   through focused campaigns, issue advocacy, intergenerational
   mentoring and peer learning.
   Optimizing impact and success by assisting Indigenous Peoples,
   communities & nations to advance their issues, strategies,
   perspectives and accomplishments by engaging civil society and
   the philanthropic arena.
   Advancing the wisdom, knowledge, cultures, and practices of
   Indigenous Peoples, communities & nations that shape and inform
   the vitality of future generations.
   Organization SF interest: Amplifying the under-represented voices
   and unique perspectives of Indigenous Peoples, communities, and
   nations has always been a priority for our organization. We will
   bring the issues and voices of Indigenous Peoples to national
   Organization SF experience: We have not previously participated
   in the Social Forums, however, our work focused on social,
   environmental, and cultural justice is deeply engaged regionally,
   nationally, and internationally.
   Organization SF organizing: The Social Forum is an important
   venue for nurturing connections between organizations with
   similar causes and missions.  We would benefit from building
   bridges with other groups involved in Social and Environmental
   Justice, Human Rights, and Food Sovereignty.
   Organization SF mobilization: The Seventh Generation Fund works
   with Indigenous Peoples throughout the Americas and beyond.  We
   would activate our networks to participate in the US Social Forum
   with a focus on those who are located in North America.  The
   Seventh Generation Fund's work will be amplified and advanced
   through our focus on self-determination and sovereignty within
   social justice arenas linked to the US Social Forum.
   USSF work groups:
     - Gender Justice Working Group
     - International Committee
   Additional Comments: Sincere thanks for accepting our
   application.  We look forward to hearing back from the organizing
   body soon.


  --Section 1: Organization Info--
    Organization name: Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM)
    Organization addresses:
    P.O. Box 361270
    Decatur, GA 30036
    Telephone: 678-528-1627
    Organization representatives:
    Kali Akuno
    Taliba Obuya

  --Section 2: Tell us about your organization--
    Organization mission: The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement is an
    organization of New Afrikans or Afro-Descendants in the United
    States fighting for self-determination and the full realization
    of human rights.
    Organization constituents: Afro-Descendants living within the
    United States. We have over 500 members.
    Organization activities: Primary activities at present: 1) Social
    movement building in Jackson, MS, 2) Counter-Genocide work
    through our Every 28 Hours Campaign, 3) Political Education
    through initiatives like Black August Hip Hop Resistance
    activities, and 4) Youth development through New Afrikan Scouts
    and Camp Pumziko.
    Organization SF interest: We have engaged the Social Forum
    consistently since 2003. We see it as a means of building
    relationships and broad convergence amongst progressive forces in
    the US and throughout the world. We seek to make sure that the
    interests of African descendants are part and parcel of the
    Social Forum process. We are interested in all of the activities
    and functions of the NPC.
    Organization SF experience: Several key MXGM members have and are
    playing critical roles on the NPC through various organizations
    that have served on the NPC, like US Human Rights Network, Praxis
    Project, Project South, and the People's Hurricane Relief Fund.
    As members of the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, we have
    also advised that formation from time to time about various SF
    and NPC related questions. We have participated in both US Social
    Forums, and several World Social Forums, including Mumbi,
    Nairobi, Dakar, WSF Free Palestine, and Tunis.
    Organization SF organizing: We see the Social Forum as one of the
    only venues where all the various tendencies and trends within
    the progressive and revolutionary movements in the US can
    converge, share experiences, and plan joint campaigns and
    activities. We see the USSF playing a key role in helping our
    organization and movement building deeper relationships with
    progressive forces in the US, particularly emerging forces, and
    would like to share our experiences in the struggle, particularly
    over the last 5 years of developing a regional base building
    strategy in Mississippi that we think is worth examining and
    sharing amongst broader forces.
    Organization SF mobilization: We are committing 3 core members to
    participate on the NPC, and are developing an internal support
    committee to extend our capacity as an organization to the
    overall process.
    USSF work groups:
     - International Committee
     - Outreach Working Group
     - Peoples Movement Assembly
     - Resource Development Committee
     - Road to USSF III Committee
    Additional Comments: We are pushing for the next Social Forum to
    be in Jackson, MS and hope it will be given its due consideration
    as an option.

  --Section 1: Organization Info--
    Organization name: Direct Action Welfare Group (DAWG)
    Organization addresses: PO Box 20079, Charleston, WV 25701 3045908050
    Organization representatives: Evelyn Dortch
    Beth Dortch

  --Section 2: Tell us about your organization--
    Organization mission:
    Direct Action Welfare Group (DAWG) is a statewide grassroots
    organization comprised of current and former public assistance
    recipients, low wage workers, people living in poverty, and
    concerned individuals who come together to share information and
    ideas and to advocate for each other, their neighbors, and
    themselves.  Direct Action Welfare Group¹s vision is the end of
    poverty in West Virginia.  In order to make this vision a
    reality, we advocate with low-income families for economic
    Direct Action Welfare Group believesŠ.
    Poor people of West Virginia can stand together as an organized
    community to fight against discrimination and the suffering of
    No matter how poor you are you have a voice and rights as a human
    Every individual should be treated fairly regardless of race,
    creed, nationality, income, sexual orientation, religion, gender,
    age, or educational level.
    Access to services and assistance is a right and not a benefit
    Everyone has the right to a good education including
    post-secondary education, medical, dental, and vision care, a job
    at a living wage, affordable childcare, decent housing and
    adequate food and clothing.
    Every mother should have the option to choose to stay home and
    care for her children or work.
    Organization constituents: We have over 600 members in 54 of the
    55 counties in the West Virginia.  Our constituents are welfare
    mothers, single parents, low wage workers,college students,and
    famiies of all types in poverty in WV
    Organization activities:
    Way too many to list :)
    Member of the Poverty Working Group
    Planning an Appalachian Regional PMA
    East Coast World Court of Women
    Numerous state and national campaigns aimed at changing policy
    with regard to safety net programs and poverty issues, as well as
    housing and healthcare issues.
    We are the only welfare rights group in WV so if it relates to
    poverty, we are the go to group.
    Organization SF interest: We see the Social Forum as a huge part
    of building the movement in the US.  The Social Forum provides a
    safe space for people to come together to dream of a better
    future and to plan to make that future a reality. We would
    consider it an honor to actively participate in the planning and
    implementation of the next USSF.
    Organization SF experience: We sent a delegation to the Atlanta
    Social Forum.  We sent a delegation to the Detroit Social Forum
    as well as participated in the Poverty Summit and held a workshop
    on rural organizing.
    Organization SF organizing: The Social Forum is the only national
    convergence that addresses all the issues from the prospective of
    the people who are impacted by the issues. It provides people a
    safe space to discuss issues and to learn about other issues that
    impact them.  It provides a space for open dialogue and
    networking around issues as well as a place to plan actions and
    larger scale movement building.  By participating in the Social
    Forum members of our organization can see a future and see that
    there are people all over working on these issues.  It lets
    people know they are not alone in what they face and that through
    organizing around issues on a national level and building a
    movement a new US is possible.
    Organization SF mobilization: We have numerous allies throughout
    the Appalachian region. We hope to involve at least 100 people
    from throughout the Appalachian region as well as sending a
    delegation of at lest 10-20 people from our own organization to
    the next USSF.
    USSF work groups:
     - Outreach Working Group
     - Poverty Working Group
    Additional Comments: We are planning an Appalachian Regional PMA
    and would love to be able to develop from there a USSF
    Appalachian Working Group.  Appalachia is unique unto itself with
    its own culture and its own issues.  We are neither the South nor
    the North.

  --Section 1: Organization Info--
    Organization name: Occupy Theory
    Organization addresses:
    c/o Pamela Brown 255 18th Street, #206, Brooklyn, NY 11215,
    917-674-8293 (Pam Brown mobile)
    Organization representatives:
    NPC Representatives:
    Amin Husain 917-407-1226
    Pamela Brown 917-674-8293
    Other members for announcements:
    Yates McKee -
    Natasha Singh -
    Rene Gabri -
    Nicholas Mirzoeff -
    Christopher Brown -

  --Section 2: Tell us about your organization--
    Organization mission:
    There is no radical action without radical thought. Occupy Theory
    understands that we are engaged in the early stages of an
    anti-capitalist struggle in the United States and beyond that¹s
    finally capable of ushering in a non-capitalist way of living.
    Our immediate role is to facilitate movement and action that can
    transform existing power structures. Our overarching objective
    lies in locating power and agency with people so that they can
    determine their own destinies.
    Occupy Theory publishes Tidal Magazine.  Tidal offers a space for
    the emergence and discussion of movement-generated theory and
    practice. It is a strategic platform that weaves together the
    voices of on-the-ground organizers with those of long-standing
    theorists to explore the radical possibilities sparked by the
    occupations of Tunis¹ Kasbah, Tahrir, Sol, Syntagma, Zuccotti
    and their aftermaths. Aware that knowledge and time are
    privileges, Tidal Magazine endeavors to offer challenging ideas
    in language that¹s accessible, and at reasonable length.
    Occupy Theory views theory as a means of analysis that can enable
    us to collectively better understand our situation. Strategy
    follows. It is the art of devising or employing plans or
    stratagems towards the goals defined in the course of action.
    Action means the search for, and creation of, ruptures in the
    existing order.
    Occupy Theory creates conversations across life experiences in
    resistance and building, in negation and affirmation. Occupy
    Theory lives on many platforms from face-to-face assemblies to
    online columns to printed magazines and books. Occupy Theory
    carries us forward toward the coming uprisings, while remembering
    and analyzing those we have already lived. It is a critical
    commons for these intensified times, a collective voice that
    respects difference and resists oppression.
    Organization constituents: Occupy Theory¹s constituent base is
    Occupy and its related activists. We understand Occupy as an
    international network of relationships. Occupy Theory maintains
    and builds relationships with all aspects of the Occupy movement
    nationally and internationally. Through a horizontal ethos, we
    connect the ideas of political and social theorists with the
    ideas of on the ground organizers in hope of creating and
    defining the ³cracks² in capitalism. We engage a global
    audience through our print and online publication, Tidal
    Organization activities: Occupy Theory publishes Tidal Magazine,
    hosts assemblies, and facilitates political education.  Strike
    Debt and the Rolling Jubilee were the direct product of a series
    of Occupy Theory assemblies on education and debt. This fall we
    are launching an educational program toward generating shared
    understandings and vocabulary across the movement
    internationally. The program is planning to include educational
    spaces in Palestine, New York, Soweto and Detroit.  The program
    will also incorporate a network of horizontal learning spaces so
    that small groups and individuals can participate in their local
    communities and homes. We are also in the process of developing a
    ³think tank² toward figuring out how to build a cross
    movement consensus on race, which we see as a problem for our
    movement. We also intend to create an assembly space from which
    new strategies for addressing the crisis in access to higher
    education and student debt can emerge. It is our intention to
    host an increasing number of assemblies toward generating new
    ideas for anti-capitalist organizing over the next year.
    Organization SF interest: Occupy Theory believes that Occupy¹s
    participation in the USSF is key to uniting the work of new
    organizers coming out of the Occupy movement with the work of
    long standing organizers. We believe that bringing together these
    energies productively could lead to a major breakthrough in the
    capitalist crisis. We are interested in working with the NPC
    toward facilitating the involvement of Occupy energies in a
    constructive manner. It would be our intention to come to the
    USSF process with humility, respect and admiration for the
    enormous causes and sacrifices that the USSF leadership has made
    toward social and economic justice. Our hope would be to provide
    an anchor for Occupy participation in the USSF and facilitate a
    working relationship that generates dynamic energy leading into
    the 2015 USSF.
    Organization SF experience: Occupy Theory developed out of the
    Zuccotti Park occupation and was not an organization during the
    last US Social Forum. Although many of the people in our working
    group came to activism as a result of the Occupy movement, one of
    our members, Rene Gabri, was a part of the last USSF in Detroit.
    He has already shared numerous insights and will actively
    participate with USSF organizing activities upon his return from
    Spain in July. Amin Husain, one of the founders of Occupy Theory,
    participated with the World Social Forum earlier this year. It is
    our intention to develop a full understanding of the Social Forum
    process, and we hope to have important conversations with those
    with experience organizing the Social Forum so that we can gain
    increasing clarity.
    Organization SF organizing: Occupy Theory believes the importance
    of connecting struggles cannot be underestimated. This is the
    fundamental principle on which Occupy Theory¹s work is based.
    We believe that we need to understand and connect struggles and
    movements in order to end capitalism and usher in a new way of
    living. Without shared understandings, vocabulary and theory, it
    is impossible to envision a win against a global social system.
    The USSF will support Occupy Theory toward connecting many more
    dots toward generating a critical rupture.
    Organization SF mobilization: Occupy Theory is well positioned
    within the Occupy movement to facilitate the involvement of key
    organizers.  Our objective would be to generate broad enthusiasm
    for the USSF and activities leading up to it. With careful
    strategizing we feel that we can generate significant numbers of
    USSF work groups:
     - Peoples Movement Assembly
     - Road to USSF III Committee
    Additional Comments: Although the Occupy movement has a
    reputation for being predominantly white, Occupy Theory is
    organically comprised of an extremely diverse group including
    folks of Palestinian, Indian, Central Asian, African American and
    Armenian backgrounds.

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