US Social Forum: A Press Release From the Organizers

[If you didn’t hear about the events in Detroit last week, well, let’s face it, many more important things intervened.  Just one example: Yesterday the Chicago Tribune wailed about the (possible) breakup of a marriage. A critical story about Carlos Zambrano and the Cubs. World shattering. I really understand why this drove any news of the US Social Forum off the front page.  I mean, why would anyone want to know about the almost 20,000 people who attended, what they were talking about, and what conclusions they came to?  That is trivia compared with the implosion of the Chicago Cubs. But if you are one of the few who might be interested in such minor details, check out the first paragraph below and then click on the link to take you to the report and the accompanying slide show.  — Lew Rosenbaum]

Second U.S. Social Forum Opens New Chapter in US Movements for Justice, Equality and Sustainability

06.28.2010 – The United States Social Forum (USSF) closed Saturday with an inspirational national assembly and closing ceremony. Today, the Forum’s National Planning Committee (NPC) declared the forum a great success with attendance of more than 15,000 people from Detroit, from rural and urban areas across the nation, and from countries across the world including South Africa, Palestine, Honduras and Nepal.  Read more here.

Cartier-Bresson Retrospective at the Art Institute

[The following announcement comes from the AIC web site.  To read the entire announcement, click here.]

Overview: Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908–2004) is one of the most original, accomplished, and influential figures in the

Henri Cartier-Bresson. Juvisy, France, 1938. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the photographer. © 2010 Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos, courtesy Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris.

history of photography. His celebrated work of the early 1930s helped to define the artistic potential of modern photography; a decade later, after surviving three years as a prisoner of war, Cartier-Bresson emerged from World War II determined to document a world in the midst of profound change. He did so in 1947 when he joined Robert Capa and others to found the Magnum photo agency, an organization that allowed photojournalists to reach broad audiences through such publications as Life and Paris Match, while still retaining independence and control over their work.  more here .

People’s Tribune, June 2010, on line

The current issue of the People's Tribune asks: "Which Way for America"?

Which way for US education?  How is it possible to foreclose on . . . the homeless?  Isn’t it time to nationalize the energy industries and prosecute the criminals who run them now?  These and many other stories can be found in the June People’s Tribune, which focuses on the causes of the 20,000 activists who, at the time of publication, were on their way to the epicenter of the manufacturing rust belt depression, Detroit.  The paper not only examines the questions that the growing movements have been posing, but brings out some of their answers as well.  Click here to get to the People’s Tribune web site!

The following poem, from the June issue, accompanies the article entitled:  “Defense of the Immigrant is the Path to Democracy for All”:


who came over a desert of his own bones

who came thru the burning heart of his own survival

who came to plant illegal kisses on the smallest cheek

who died coming

and then outlived his own dying

to bring his decency

Thousands converge in Phoenix to protest Arizona’s fascist legislation, SB 1070, that could affect everyone’s by Rudy Corral

into the factories of prisons

to unlock them with his simply human

and that was his offense

in the place he graces

with simple human beauty

with his coming and being: hermano!

y tu hermana

—Sarah Menefee