Move to Amend at the US Social Forum

June 19, 2015

The 2015 US Social Forum (USSF) is getting underway, and Move to Amend is proud to be counted among the many frontline organizations in the ageless struggle for justice and democracy.

Members of the Move to Amend national team are in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, San Jose California, and Jackson Mississippi. We encourage you to attend in person or online:

We’re excited to be associating and working with some of the best grassroots organizers in the country. We’re not talking about the well-funded groups inside the DC Beltway with connections to the political elite, who lead people to believe our problems can be voted away if we just donate money to them, today. We’re talking about the folks who are out there doing the hard work of grassroots organizing with little to no money or influence, led by people of color, the ones seeking justice not privilege, the ones most harmed by corporate rule.

Move to Amend was formed to carry on the work of past social movements so that we can finally achieve the vision of democracy we’re taught about in school, where all people are equal with constitutionally protected human rights and participate in the democratic process.

The USSF affords us the opportunity to become better allies with communities who struggle for basic rights, to learn from one another about each other’s issues, and to build solidarity--the most important factor in movement building.

If you can’t attend the USSF in person, please go online to participate.

Another world is possible, but only if we think it is and are willing to make it happen. The USSF is the tool we must wield to build solidarity, create demands, and construct a truly democratic society. Be there, or be square!

P.S. Tune into Move to Amend Reports (this Thursday at 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern) for live reporting and discussion from the USSF -- click here!


Philadelphia Move to Amend Events Schedule

Thursday June 25

11am-12:30pm: Building and Maintaining an Anti-Oppression/Community Building Skill Set
(presented by George Friday)

Student Center 200 C
Temple University
1755 N 13th S
Philadelphia PA 19122

Friday June 26

8:30-10am: Stopping the Theft of Democracy -- Corporations Are NOT People!
(presented by Daniel Lee, George Friday, Virginia Rasmussen, Jerome Scott and Johannes Epke)

Student Center Cinema
Temple University
1755 N 13th S
Philadelphia PA 19122

10:30am-12pm: Converge to Amend
(presented by Michael Ippolito and Daniel Lee)

Student Center 220
Temple University
1755 N 13th S
Philadelphia PA 19122

6:30-8:30pm: Social Hour with MTA Leadership

621 S. 48th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19143

Sunday June 28

9:00am-1:00pm: The People vs. The Corporations: Whose Constitution Is It? People's Movement Assembly
(presented by Daniel Lee, George Friday, Virginia Rasmussen and Johannes Epke)

Is the US a functioning democracy where "We The People" hold the power and make the key decisions that run the government, or are we an unacknowledged plutocracy where the wealthy control more and more of the country without regard for the needs or will of the majority of the people? During our PMA we will explore what it would look like to have a Constitution that protects the rights of "We the People" and one that values our communities, our environment, and our human rights.

San Jose Move to Amend Events Schedule

Thursday June 25

10:30am-12pm: Introduction to Corporate Personhood
(presented by Keyan Bliss, David Cobb and Laura Bonham)

East Carnegie Library
1102 East Santa Clara St
San Jose, CA 95116

Friday June 26

10:30-12pm: Film Showing of "Legalize Democracy" followed by a discussion

Ramada Inn
455 S Second St
San Jose, CA 95113

1-4pm:  "What the (BLEEP) Happened to Hip Hop: The Intergenerational Challenge" Plenary & Peoples Movement Assembly
(This is a co-sponsored event with Move To Amend and Hip Hop Congress)

Washington United Youth Center
921 S 1st St
San Jose, CA 95110

8-10 pm: Open House (Meet and Greet)

The Blue Chip
325 South 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Saturday June 27

1-4pm  "The People vs: The Corporation: Whose Constitution Is it?" Peoples Movement Assembly  
(THIS IS THE PREMIERE MTA EVENT. THE ENTIRE MTA TEAM WILL BE PRESENT. PLEASE PRIORITIZE PARTICIPATING IN THIS SESSION IF POSSIBLE)

Is the US a functioning democracy where "We The People" hold the power and make the key decisions that run the government, or are we an unacknowledged plutocracy where the wealthy control more and more of the country without regard for the needs or will of the majority of the people? During our PMA we will explore what it would look like to have a Constitution that protects the rights of "We the People" and one that values our communities, our environment, and our human rights.

Engineering 189
San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192

6:30-8pm "Making Democracy Real"
Plenary Panel with Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap (Move To Amend), Rosalinfa Guillen (Community To Community) Margaret Prescod (KPFA Radio), Corrina Gould (Indian Peoples Action), Shamako Noble (Hip Hop Congress)

Washington United Youth Center
921 S 1st St
San Jose, CA 95110

Sunday June 28

1-2:30pm "The Future of the US Social Forum" Closing Plenary
Panel with David Cobb (Move To Amend), Dione Johnson-Tyson (Multi-Media Center), Diana and Will Copeland (East Michigan Environmental Action Council), Shamako Noble (Hip Hop Congress)

Washington United Youth Center
921 S 1st St
San Jose, CA 95110

3-4pm March & Rally to "Abolish Corporate Personhood"

We will gather at Washington United Youth Center at 3pm and march approximately 1 mile down 1st Street to the Santa Clara Superior Courthouse, located at 191 North 1st St. There will be a rally at the steps of the courthouse to draw attention to the Santa Clara vs. Southern Pacific Railroad Supreme Court decision. The rally will include speakers and political theater.

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