Detroit Selected as Host Site for 2010 US Social Forum
Detroit chosen as symbol of global economic shock in US; Organizers hope to "
people of Detroit
06.22.2009 – Detroit, seen by many as ground zero for the current economic crisis,
has been named as the site for the 2nd United States Social Forum. As many as
20,000 are expected to participate in the Forum, which runs from June 22nd through
June 26, 2010.
Organizers hail the Social Forum process as a powerful vehicle for change and as
the next stage in community organizing, community governance and American
"Despite President Obama's historic presidency, our democracy continues to be
hijacked by big money and a type of global corporate governance that has resulted in
the rich getting richer, the poor getting poorer, and decreased services for everyone -
Detroit embodies both the problem and potential for solutions," says Maureen
Taylor, USSF staff coordinator. "We believe the Social Forum process will stimulate
some hope for the people of Detroit and help the people turn this city around."
The Social Forum movement - conceived as an alternative to the World Economic
Forum - is a space for social movements and progressive sectors of civil society to
meet and discuss ideas and solutions to the world's continued economic,
ecological and human rights crises.
According to the USSF2010.org website, "The US Social Forum is a very special kind
of gathering. It isn't a conference with an agenda and a program of events; it's a
gathering whose participants produce our own agenda and our own programs."
The first World Social Forum was held in January 2001, in Porto Alegre, Brazil,
during the early stages of Brazil's democratic transformation that would ultimately
lead to the election of lathe operator and union organizer, Luiz Inácio "Lula" da Silva.
Millions have since participated in the social forum process all across the world -
from local and smaller regional forums to larger national, hemispheric, and