Friday, May 22, 2009

U.S. Social Forum.USSF-Atlanta (2007) and Detroit (2010)

The USSF 2010 will take place in Detroit.
Here is info. on the planning wiki.

Read about Librarians at the US Social Forum in Atlanta:

Human Rights as a Framework for Reflection in Service Learning: ‘Para que Otro Mundo es possible.' by Kathleen de la Peña McCook, In Service Learning, eds. Loriene Roy, Kelly Jensen and Alex Hershey Meyers. (American Library Association, 2009).

The Progressive Librarian 30 (Winter 2007/2008) "PLG – ¡Presenté! Report from the United States Social Forum," by Elaine Harger & Kathleen de la Peña McCook.

Report at MRM's blog at Radical Reference on Librarian participation at the USSF Social Forum in Atlanta .

Important book on the Social Forum movement:

The World and US Social Forums: A Better World Is Possible and Necessary
Edited by Judith Blau, University of North Carolina and Marina Karides, Florida Atlantic University.

The WSF/USSF is an expression of the people's struggles to advance alternatives to the world-as-we-know-it. Since its first convening in 2001 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, it has captured the imagination of all who have come within its orbit and caught up by its vast and growing networks. It provides a large space for groups to mobilize, voice their oppression, exchange ideas, and express their desire for hope and another world. Central in the founding principles of the World Social Forum are: the advance of peoples' rights (including women's rights, the rights of indigenous peoples, the rights of minorities, the rights of peasant farmers, and, generally, the rights and dignity of all peoples now oppressed), participatory democracy, social and cultural pluralism, and the end of market tyranny. This volume captures the full range of topics dealing with the WSF/USSF. It is a fresh treatment of materials for the "insider" and provides ample background for someone who would like to attend.

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