From US Social Forum:
PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY!!!!
We are in a critical moment where there are many forces working against us. Poverty has intensified and women, transgender and gender nonconforming people and LGBQI individuals are hit hardest. Another US is necessary. The movement for gender justice can never be successful without space to talk about how gender interacts with various forms of oppression, including race, class, sexual orientation, migration status, etc. and how people’s experiences are defined by the intersection of these oppressions. The US Social Forum is an opportunity to create a space where movements come together and try to find ways to work with each other.
This will not happen without YOU. Too often gender justice issues are made invisible in the broader movement for social justice. Grassroots, women’s and gender justice organizations are coming together to build the gender justice agenda, and you need to be part of it. This is about developing relationships and strategies for building together after the forum.
Before the US Social Forum the Gender Justice Working Group is focusing on:
- promoting an analysis that addresses the intersection of patriarchy, capitalism, nationalism, imperialism and white supremacy in all of the USSF events including plenaries and cultural events
- working with the Queer Liberation Committee to coordinate efforts
- creating inclusive spaces including gender neutral bathrooms
- creating accountable spaces with a security presence that is respectful and responsive
- providing responses to sexual assault and gender based violence that include alternatives to state intervention
Additionally, we’re working to put together a Gender Justice People’s Movement Assembly, which will be a participatory process to develop a political agenda that will lead to concrete actions. For more info, please visit: http://abc.ussf2010.org/assemblies
STEPS TO GET INVOLVED:
- REGISTER – Click here to register your organization or as an individual. Please note that only organizations can submit workshops.
- Submit a workshop or cultural performance. There are currently only a handful of workshops that address gender justice. You must be registered to submit your workshop! DEADLINE is April 20th.
- Support the Gender Justice People’s Movement Assembly as an individual or an organization. Email Mayowa Obasaju at mayowa.alero@ gmail.com if you’re interested in learning more or signing up.
- Are you in motion? Tell us! Click here to let the organizers of the USSF know what you’re up to: tinyurl.com/ inmotion2010.
- Join the Gender Justice Working Group! We have weekly calls to plan for gender justice events at the USSF. If you have questions or want to join the calls, please email USSF-GJWG-subscribe @yahoogroups. com. You’ll receive an email response with a link to join the group. Use that link to sign up and provide your name, region, and any organization you are involved with in the “comments to moderator” box on the sign up page.
- Need info or have questions? Want to know more about housing, travel, etc? The USSF is sponsoring weekly informational calls – click here for more info: http://www.ussf2010.org/node/127
Also, a People’s Movement Assembly is being organized in NYC…
When: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm
What can we do about it as a community?
What actions can we take locally and nationally?
Calling all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Two-Spirit, Gender Non-Conforming people of color and low-income people in New York City!
Food & Metrocards will be provided