I was an open skeptic of this year’s US Social Forum. I crossed my arms and huffed when anyone mentioned it. I imagined an event teetering between Woodstock and the WTO protests in Seattle and although I loved Seattle, I wanted to make sure I stayed good and far away from Woodstock 2010. I’m working on respecting process and consensus and folks in my life will emphasize the work part of that sentence. After meeting with Tammy Lu from the Labor Community Strategy Center and cajoling from our own Mario Lugay, I landed in Detroit last Tuesday at 2am.
Detroit reminded me of the landscape in dystopic science fiction movies. While walking though the city Sadiyah Seraaj from the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy said that it looked like a city that was once vibrant and in a moment of crisis everyone stopped what they were doing and ran through the streets and out of Detroit. So imagine this background, with 30,000 people from across the country meeting to build a national movement for social justice. It was just amazing. I visited amazing farms and gardens, connected with restaurant and domestic workers, and saw the future of movement building in this country.