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RDLN Participate in U.S. Social Forum
RDLN had more than ten representatives at the U.S. Social Forum, which was held from June 27 - July 1 in Atlanta in June-July 2007. The U.S. Social Forum is an outgrowth of the World Social Forum, which has been held in various countries over the past few years to "provide an open platform to discuss alternatives to the economic plans created by multinational corporations and the governments at the World Economic Forum."
This is an opportunity to look at the role of the U.S. in the world, to gain a more international perspective, to envision strategies that take into account the well being of people in other countries, to help plan for a better, more just world for the future. In the words of the conveners, "We must declare what we want our world to look like and begin planning the path to get there. A global movement is rising. The USSF is our opportunity to demonstrate to the world Another World is Possible!"
We presented one cultural event and three workshops conforming to the Forum’s outline of 1) What has bought on to this point in History as Individuals and Peoples? (History/Consciousness) 2) What is our Vision for the Future? (Visions) and 3) How do we get there? (Strategies)
Our cultural event was a presentation by RDLN and Organización en California de Lideres Campesinas, farmworker women’s organization whose members acted out a skit portraying the harassment and mistreatment of women working in the fields and working at home later in the day.
Participants in our Strategy session had an opportunity to contribute to the development of a Platform for Rural Communities.
We thank the people we met the Forum for bringing new concerns and insights to the RDLN Network.
Strategies & Models
RDLN Cultural Event