The US Social Forum taking place in Philadelphia PA is a convergence driven by the understanding that people’s movements are what create social change. It is an opportunity for regional and issue-specific social justice projects to work toward broader unity.
The goal is to map out action plans for a cohesive movement and organize to be on the offensive against all forms of oppression. We will collectively develop people’s solutions to the economic, political, ecological crisis, building a world that ensures basic human rights and needs for all people.
Check out these links to videos of the NYC Climate Convergence September 19 – 20 & some coverage of artful activism at the People’s Climate March. Videos include Naomi Kline, Ann Petermann, Immortal Technique, Oscar Olivera, Jill Stein, Jacqueline Patterson, Erica Violet Lee, Chris Williams, Josephine Mandamin, Desmond D’Sa, Tom Goldtooth, Nastaran Mohit, Olga Bautista, Art Shegonee, Climate Chorus, Bread and Puppet Theatre & more! Thank you to Struggle Video Media for the extensive coverage.
The focus of our involvement in the COP should not be on the COP at all. We should instead focus on building a social strike, causing economic disruption to prevent accumulation of the corporations who are causing this crisis. Many of us will be in Paris, and that is positive, it is a chance for the climate movement to come together, but we should not make the mistake of participating in the customary occupy camp and protests at the gates of the conference centre in Le Bourget. Instead we should work towards a transnational climate strike.
Show your commitment to racial justice and support the #BlackLivesMatter movement by participating in actions, marches, events and activities in your local community commemorating the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. not only advocated for nonviolent protest and action, but he believed in the need for total system change in order for us to live together peacefully. The GCC knows another world is possible, and we stand together in the spirit of Dr. King and all of the people of the world calling for an end to economic violence against our earth, police and military violence damaging our communities, and the racial violence and injustice plaguing our justice system.
The passing of Fast Track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would be a victory for global corporate rule and under the guise of “free-trade” has serious and disastrous consequences for people, planet and peace. We know that the TPP threatens to affect the environment and accelerate global warming through increased air and ocean transport as well as an increase in dirty energy production and export. The TPP would also have a negative impact on public health by decreasing access to cost-saving generic medications.
Although Fast Track and the TPP were delayed last year, a new bill could be introduced at any time and with the new Congress, the risk of passage is greater than ever. We must send a clear message that the pressure will remain on lawmakers until Fast Track and the TPP are defeated!
The Global Climate Convergence is happy to announce that we have been accepted as an official member of the National Planning Committee for the US Social Forum (USSF). The USSF is taking place in three different locations this year: Philadelphia, Jackson and San Jose.
The present day Movement for Black Lives draws a direct line from the legacy of Dr. King and the current day struggle we face today. Unfortunately, Dr. King’s legacy has been clouded by efforts to soften, sanitize, and commercialize it. Impulses to remove Dr. King from the movement that elevated him must end. We resist efforts to reduce a long history marred with the blood of countless members of our community into iconic images of men in suits behind pulpits.
From here on, MLK weekend will be known as a time of national resistance to injustice. This MLK weekend we will walk in the legacy of Dr. King and the movement that raised him. This January we will #ReclaimMLK
Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez is a 14-year-old Indigenous environmental activist and ICTMN contributor. He recently wrote to us, asking to post his story about his 11-year-old brother, Itzcuauhtli, who has pledged a “talking strike” to demand that government leaders move forward on climate change. Here is his letter: