On the Road to Detroit: How to Get to the U.S. Social Forum 2010
The USSF will take place June 22-26, 2010 at Cobo Hall and Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit, Michigan. Register online at www.ussf2010.org/register
Organize a workshopEnter it at www.ussf2010.org/call_for_proposals
Attend a People's Movement Assembly
In cities around the country, local organizers and activists will be joining in People’s Movement Assemblies in preparation for the U.S. Social Forum. Assemblies are a chance for organizations to meet locally to make logistic decisions like how to get to the forum and to both reflect and act on larger world issues such as climate change and social justice.
You can set up your own PMA at www.ussf2010.org/pma
How to Get Yourself There: In Bike Caravans, Bus Caravans, and Even on Foot …
Via Bicycle Caravan
BikeIt! is on the lookout for organizers to recruit both cyclists and biofuel-powered vehicles for an alternative transportation adventure to Detroit, Michigan. Their website provides a map of already-organized rides and applications for those willing to lead a ride of their own. Search your zip code to find the starting point nearest you. Find groups coming from San Francisco, California, New York, New York, Madison, Wisconsin, and other locations.
Here is a first list of rides, but be sure check the BikeIt Map for up-to-date information at bikeit.org
Albany, New York, BikeIt Caravan—Carole Furman—octagon [@] hvc.rr.com, 518/461-5168 (cell), 845/246-4668
Buffalo, New York, BikeIt Caravan—Claire Stoscheck—bikeit2010 [@] gmail.com
Ithaca, New York, BikeIt Caravan—Claire Stoscheck—bikeit2010 [@] gmail.com, 607/351-3831, bikeit.org/?page_id=279
Binghamton, New York, BikeIt Caravan–Mari Pfingston-Bigelow—marjoypb [@] gmail.com, 516/238-5801
New York, New York, BikeIt Caravan—Mark Stonehill—mark.stonehill [@] gmail.com, 516/851-6824
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, BikeIt Caravan—Sergio Armani—cyclist.sergio [@] gmail.com, 484/347-6429
Madison, Wisconsin, BikeIt Caravan—Kelty Carew—keltycarew [@] gmail.com, 608/358-2806
The Grassroutes Caravan will travel 300 miles from Madison, Wisconsin, to Detroit, Michigan, by bike. www.grassroutescaravan.org
Chicago, Illinois, BikeIt Caravan—Zahra Alabanza—zmala1515 [@] gmail.com, 850/445-0040, bikeit.org/?page_id=282
Chicago’s BikeIt Delegation: roadtodetroit.blogspot.com/2010/01/chicagoans-are-biking-to-detroit.html
San Francisco, California, BikeIt Caravan–June Brashares—june [@] globalexchange.org, 415/255-7296 ext. 253
Via Bus Caravan
Bus caravans are modeled on the 2007 Freedom Caravan that brought people from Albuquerque, New Mexico, across the southwest and the deep south to the U.S. Social Forum in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2007. You can help organize this year's Freedom Caravan by attending a PMA in your area. Below is a first list of dates, but be sure to check the map on the USSF website for up-t0-date information.
Brownsville, Texas, PMA, February 20, 2010.
Houston, Texas, PMA, February 27, 2010.
Detroit, Michigan, PMA, March 13, 2010.
San Francisco, California, PMA March 13, 2010. www.pma.ussf2010.org/node/12
Portland, Oregon, PMA, May 9, 2010. www.pma.ussf2010.org/node/16
Progressive Action for the Common Good is working on organizing a bus or two from Iowa. Find more info at www.blogforiowa.com.
The Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign is leading a "March to Fulfill the Dream" from New Orleans, Louisiana, to the Detroit, Michigan, forum starting on April 4, 2010, which is both Easter Sunday and the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. The group, organizing a movement to end poverty, is demanding guaranteed healthcare and housing for everyone in the United States.
See the route, find out how to join, and support the march at old.economichumanrights.org/USSF2010.
Get There Early and Attend the Allied Media Conference
The Allied Media Conference, which is taking place immediately before the USSF, and has much of the same spirit, is offering a ride share board for people attending at alliedmediaconference.org/attend/getting_to_detroit.
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