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About Detroit
Meet our Hosts & our Host City

Detroit-based organizers are working hard to welcome activists from around the country and the world to their city, which is the scene of much hardship and struggle but also of beauty, hope, and resistance. An important goal of the USSF is to help participants better understand the struggles of Detroiters while we learn about and get inspired by their work to make another Detroit happen. USSF organizers want participants to help others learn about Detroit and its people, and their connections to the wider economic and political structures we're all working to change.

Here are some resources on the great city that will make history in June 2010:

The Detroit Local Organizing Committee (DLOC) is made up of dozens of grassroots social movement organizations and activists from across southeast Michigan. In conjunction with the five anchors organizations--Michigan Welfare Rights Organization (MWRO), East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC), Centro Obrero de Detroit, Southeast Michigan Jobs with Justice, and Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice (DWEJ)--they are responsible for logistical organizing for USSF II Detroit in June 2010.

The United States Social Forum
This article analyzes observations by a team of more than 20 observers (students and more senior researchers) attending the US Social Forum in 2007.
The World Social Forum
This primer on the World Social Forums provides an accessible overview of the first 8 World Social Forums and the accompanying regional, national, and local social forums. Note: All royalties from sales of this book go to support the work of Grassroots Global Justice and the US Social Forum.

This essay provides three observers perspectives on the 2009 World Social Forum, examining relations between social movements, political parties, and governments, the role of the Social Movement Assembly in helping build a global "movement of movements," and the efforts to strengthen connections between local settings and the World Social Forums through "Belem expanded," which used Skype and other technologies to connect people around the world to the happenings in Belem, Brazil.

This report analyzes evidence collected by a team of observers attending the European Social Forum in London in 2004. The team helped pioneer a strategy for doing "collaborative ethnography" at the Social Forums as a way to overcome the limitations of individual researchers to analyze and assess the many activities taking place simultaneously in the Social Forum spaces.