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Another United States is happening: Building today’s movement from the bottom up - The United States social forum and beyond

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The United States Social Forum (USSF) process - which is ongoing - expresses an intentionality of grounding and organizing our movement in this sector, from the bottom-up, and putting the voices and leadership of those most adversely affected at the center. The decision by the National Planning Committee to bring the first ever USSF to Atlanta reflected our understanding of the strategic nature of the South in US history, especially in the struggles and movements for equality, justice and systemic social change. The intentional government and elite destruction of infrastructure, public services, and community in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast before and in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita is one of the most visible expressions of today's realities and struggles. Activists and organizers formed the New Orleans Organizing Committee in early 2007; and mobilized several busses and hundreds of participants from the region to the USSF.

Keywords: Atlanta; Hurricanes Katrina; United States Social Forum (USSF)



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