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The urgency of movement building in the current moment of crisis… On the Road to USSF III

We live day to day in crisis and struggle. For the first time in history we are experiencing a rapidly deepening crisis of global capitalism affecting millions in the United States and billions world-wide – producing austerity policies and massive permanent unemployment and poverty, unimaginable climate, ecological and social destruction, and intensifying political attacks, repression, and the threat of fascism and war everywhere. At the same time, resistance, activism and organizing are on the rise across all continents, sectors, and fronts of struggle.

This moment requires a huge and unified social movement in the U.S. with millions of politically conscious people to ensure victory for the arising social motion in the interests of the oppressed, exploited, and dispossessed – to protect the earth and affirm life. The US Social Forum can play a role in pushing forward strategic US movement development through the dynamic interrelation of local and regional struggles, and the emergence of a national movement in relation to global movements. The US Social Forum process is striving to step up and take its place in history by advancing the interests of working class, low-income, and grassroots struggles. The moment is urgent and the opportunities are great.

To advance our struggle for shared understanding, political unity, and participation on the road to US movement building and USSF III, we invite you to read and discuss the US Social Forum political framing documents in your organizations, networks, and collectives.


The following statements have been developed through US Social Forum Working Groups and discussed and approved by the USSF National Planning Committee. They form the basis of our political unity and help orient our work together.

NOTE: We still need to add Spanish versions to this page!

USSF-3 Goals
What we believe, Updated January 2013
Lo Que Creemos
Why a third US Social Forum now? The Urgency of this Political Moment, Fall 2012
Goals of the US Social Forum, Updated January 2013;
People's Movement Assembly Synthesis, from the 2nd US Social Forum, June 2010
World Social Forum Charter of Principles
Carta de Principios del Foro Social Mundial

June 2013

Plans for Working Group Coordination and Working Together