We just got back from the US Social Forum.
What a week! 18,000 people amassed in Detroit for a week of workshops, networking, strategizing and celebrating.
We were able to chat with many folks there about our work both locally and nationally with MovetoAmend.org
Democracy Unlimited participated in three workshops - all of which were hugely successful. Folks from many different areas of social justice work coming out to recognize how central the issue of Corporate Personhood is in all of the work we are collectively trying to do.
It was incredible to witness the City of Detroit - with entire city blocks and neighborhoods basically abandoned of services and people. Is this the future we can expect for cities everywhere as the sun sets on corporate capitalism and industrialism? There is also hope and rejuvenation happening in Motown - a squatter movement is occupying abandoned homes and planting gardens in vacant lots. Life is birthed from decay! We commend the USSF organizing committee for choosing Detroit for the Forum - it was eye opening for everyone who attended.
Though we are all tired, and David is still on the road in Ohio (what a trooper!), we feel inspired and rejuvinated. You should know that so many people were so impressed with Humboldt County and the work we have all done here.
In our last workshop - the People's Movement Assembly - we were tasked with coming up with Resolutions for the USSF as a whole group.
US Social Forum 2010 People's Movement Assembly: End Corporate Rule. Legalize Democracy. Move to Amend the Constitution.
RESOLUTION FOR ACTION
BECAUSE THESE CONDITIONS EXIST...
1) The current U.S. legal and political system is designed and operates to serve the interests of the wealthy and large corporations rather than to protect the interests of the people, the environment, or justice.
2) The U.S. Constitution is valued by most Americans and perceived as upholding democracy, liberty, and freedom.
3) Social movements cannot rely on the federal courts as distributors of justice, and must recognize that the courts serve the interests of the rich and powerful.
CALLS TO ACTION...
1) We propose that the USSF calls for a series of democracy amendments to the U.S. Constitution, beginning with amendments that make clear that corporations are not persons and have no inalienable rights, and that money is not speech.
2) We propose that every candidate for office (at the local, state, and federal level) who seeks the support of social movements be expected to commit to supporting efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution to end corporate rule and create real democracy.
3) We propose that groups pass resolutions in support of efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution to end corporate rule and create real democracy, including abolishing the doctrines of corporate "personhood" and “money is speech.”
4) We propose that individuals and groups work to have their municipal, county, and state governments adopt resolutions in support of efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution to end corporate rule and create real democracy, including abolishing the doctrines of corporate "personhood" and “money is speech.”
5) We propose a series of nationally coordinated actions opposing corporate “personhood” and supporting this call for democracy amendments, and that these actions take place on important days such as: International Workers Day, U.S. Independence Day, Constitution Day, Labor Day, Patriots Day, Juneteenth, Memorial Day, Indigenous People’s Day, and (Mother) Earth Day.
6) We propose that organizations and individuals join the effort at MovetoAmend.org
For more information about the People's Movement Assembly process at the US Social Forum, check out the PMA website - http://www.pma2010.org