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    One Nation Reflections Cameron Barron December 1, 2010

    On October 2, 2010, about 175,000 people gathered on the Mall in Washington, DC to demonstrate for jobs, education, and justice. Called by a newly-formed coalition called One Nation Working Together, groups mobilized people to come to stand for reordering of priorities within the United States. Led largely by the AFL-CIO and the NAACP, over 300 groups mobilized people to walk, drive, carpool, and fly from all parts of the United States to join voices calling for increased attention to job creation and increased funding for educational programs.

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    Globalizing the USSF: A Conversation between Louis Head and Cindy Wiesner Cindy Wiesner June 1, 2010

    On the eve of traveling to Detroit, National Planning Committee members Louis Head of SouthWest Organizing Project and Co-Chair of the International Solidarity Team, and Cindy Wiesner of Grassroots Global Justice Alliance and Co-Chair of the NPC Outreach Working Group discuss the USSF and its international context.

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    Stories and Reflections from the Road to Detroit Various Authors June 1, 2010

    Across the spectrum, people have been planning, organizing and mobilizing for the USSF. From Chicago to San Antonio to Gary, Indiana and St. Louis and many points in between, we asked individuals and organizations to share some reflections on what their road to Detroit has looked like and what being at the USSF means to them.

    Welcome to Detroit!

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    The Road to Detroit: We Have Arrived Morrigan Phillips June 1, 2010

    The second United States Social Forum (USSF) is underway. Here we are. Our road to Detroit finds us now gathered among thousands of others working to right the wrongs perpetrated by so many systems of oppression. Poised to take action, collaborate, share stories of struggle and triumph—we are all now in Detroit on the road to another US and another world.

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    Activist Lawsuits and Funding the Movement Lesley Wood, Meredith Slopen, Daniel Lang, Joseph Phelan, and Mac Scott June 1, 2010

    A few months ago, $13 million dollars was awarded to the activists who were unlawfully arrested on April 15, 2000 in Washington DC as part of the weekend of protests against the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. In the next few years a number of other class action lawsuits will probably be settled, where activist defendants are likely to receive large sums of money. Some of us, who were arrested, cuffed, and held for participating in a peaceful protest, may be receiving a lot of cash.

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    Revolutionary Work in Our Time: Can’t Keep Quiet, This Time Gon’ Be More Than a Riot Manju Rajendran June 1, 2010

    Imagine a left that is united, vibrant, and relevant-a left so loving it becomes irresistible. We would organize to meet our communities' needs while building movements to transform societies and build a better world, becoming more whole and valuing each other along the way. We would create revolutionary culture to nourish our souls, awaken our desire, and inspire new action. We would center the leadership of oppressed peoples.

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    From Below and to the Left - A Brief History of Left Turn, 2001 - 2010 Max Uhlenbeck June 1, 2010

    As this magazine goes to press, thousands of us from around the country are preparing to travel to Detroit for the US Social Forum. As we get ready to see many of our old friends at the hundreds of workshops and facilitated discussions, meet some new friends on the dance floor at this year's Leftist Lounge party, and strategically plan on how to also sneak in a few World Cup soccer games, we are reminded that the USSF above all shows us the possibilities of our collective power, even as we come to it from many different backgrounds and a range of local struggles.

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    Islamism is not Fascism: A Critique of the Three Way Fight Rami El-Amine October 30, 2007

    Author's note: The following article is from Issue #5 of the journal Upping the Anti. Please help support this "Journal of Theory and Action" by ordering hard copies and a subscription at

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    The Anti-War Movement and the 2008 Elections Max Uhlenbeck December 15, 2007

    The campaigns begin earlier, the war chests grow larger, and just when you thought it had become impossible to do so—the Democratic and Republican platforms on the major issues of the day have become even more blurred. Welcome to the spectacle that is the US presidential elections. As we look towards a more hopeful 2008, one thing is for sure—Bush will be out of office, and that has to be a good thing for all of us.

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    Colonial Mentality Rami El-Amine October 01, 2006

    The failure of many in the US antiwar movement to fight anti-Arab/anti-Muslim racism is often rooted in conscious or unconscious acceptance of two interconnected racist ideologies—Islamophobia and Zionism. A good example of this is the anti-war movement’s wary response to Hamas’ overwhelming victory in this year’s Palestinian legislative elections.

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