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Seeing Another World: U.S. Social Forum 2008

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On June 27, 2008, between 10,000 and 12,000 people came to Atlanta to talk about war, peace, human rights, living wages, jobs, energy, climate justice, Katrina, immigrant rights, poor people's rights, and new approaches to economics. The United States Social Forum (USSF) was led by people of color and representatives of grassroots organizations, some of whom count their members in the thousands. Instead of drawing crowds with superstar speakers and performers, the participants were the stars. Those who are accustomed to being excluded were at the center, and those who were used to being silenced were heard. To view the photo essay, click here.

Barb Howe is a freelance photographer and writer based in Gainesville, Florida. Visit, and see her work on Flickr.

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