Members from FiRE will be hard at work in Detroit this week to prepare for the 2nd Biennial United States Social Forum (USSF). In 2008, FiRE road tripped to Atlanta from the NYC area to maximize participation in the largest gathering of progressive organizers and grassroots organizations in the United States – crucial to a very young organization! This year, FiRE, as a member organization of GABRIELA-USA, will be at the USSF in Detroit, MI to facilitate the workshops below. Register now, come to our workshops, and say hello on our last stop before the Montreal International Womens Conference! Looking forward to seeing you there! SULONG!
For a Militant Global Women’s Movement in the 21st Century
Event Date: Wed, 06/23/2010 – 10:00am – 12:00pm
Event Location: Cobo Hall: O3-45
theFirst Sponsoring Organization Name: GABRIELA USA
During the Third International Assembly (TIA) in Hong Kong of the ILPS(International League of People’s Struggle), in the resolution of Workshop 7, one of the specific actions called for “an International Conference of women in 2010, to commemorate the centennial of International Toiling Women’s Day, leading to the formation of an anti-imperialist global women’s movement”. The purpose of this workshop is to assess the achievements, shortcomings and setbacks of the worldwide women’s rights movement during the last 100 years by way of honoring the pioneers and celebrating the centennial. We will be discussing the conference that will be held in Montreal, Canada were an action plan for advancing the women’s rights movement will be drawn up along with the starting with the formation of an anti-imperialist women’s alliance. We hope to start that process through story sharing at the USSF.
I Vow to Fight Violence Against Women. Connecting Filipino and Black Bodies in Resisting Exploitation.
Thu, 06/24/2010 – 10:00am – 12:00pm
Event Location: Wayne County Community College: 133
First Sponsoring Organization Name: GABRIELA USA
A third world women’s response to militarism, imperialism, racism and its impact on women. Through the framework of bodies and resistance, facilitators will present historical connections betweenFilipino and Black women’s struggles from the past 100 years. Using story telling, participants will connect their individual histories to the collective experiences of war, aggression and gender oppression. GABRIELA’s third world women’s vision for liberation, connecting struggles to end U.S. dominance, racism and gender oppression will be presented. Workshop participants will have an opportunity to discuss visions for ending violence against women, children and queer people in addition to creating their own vows to fight violence in their communities.
And then our friends at BAYAN-USA will also be conducting this workshop:
Peoples Resistance Against Empire: A Global Forum on Mass Movements Fighting US Intervention & Peoples Cultural Work as Weapons of Resistance
Event: Thu, 06/24/2010 – 1:00pm – 5:30pm
Event Location: Cobo Hall: W2-62
First Sponsoring Organization Name: BAYAN USA
Second Sponsoring Organization Name: Diskarte Namin
Inspired by the Cordillera People’s Day annual celebration in the Philippines that commemorates the struggle for ancestral domain and self-determination and its popular education technique of engaging thousands of participants of different tribes and tongues, this workshop will engage participants in using cultural forms such as people’s teatro, music, visual art and other forms to understand and digest a rich and on-going history of people’s resistance movements around the world. During the first half of the workshop, we will examine the history of US imperialist intervention in key regions in the world—Asia/Pacific, (the Philippines, Korea, Guam), Latin America/Caribbean (Colombia, Cuba, Haiti, Honduras, Venezuela), Middle East (Palestine), Africa (Congo, Somalia, Zimbabwe, regional military formation of AFRICOM–including its present modes. We will also examine anti-imperialist practices of governments and social movements in the Americas and around the world that challenge US hegemony in their respective region. We would like to establish new and strengthen existing relationships with anti-imperialist, progressive, economic justice, women’s rights, and migrant/immigrant rights organizations and organizations representing progressive people’s movements gathered at the US Social Forum. * To build bridges between progressive groups in the US and around the world fighting for economic and social justice * Promote RESIST! as an international peoples’ network to confront crisis and war * To serve as build-up activity to the G20 caravan and demonstration in Toronto
Short Description (for printed program):
To learn about mass movements fighting US Intervention and how to use Cultural Work as Weapons of Resistance-This workshop will engage participants in using Theater of the Oppressed, music, visual art and other forms to digest a rich and on-going history of people’s resistance movements around the world. (Inspired by the Cordillera People’s Day annual gathering in the Philippines that commemorates the struggle for ancestral domain and self-determination and its popular education technique of engaging thousands of participants of different tribes and tongues)