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Talking Joint Political Strategy @ 2010 US Social Forum

Green Party & Progressive Democrat Leaders, Community Organizers and Others Talk Joint Political Strategy @ US Social Forum – June 24th 

2010 US Social Forum

Five organizations have collaborated to organize a “progressive strategy dialogue” at the United States Social Forum in Detroit, Michigan. The dialogue will be one of 50 People’s Movement Assemblies during the USSF. It will take place on Thursday afternoon, June 24th, from 1 to 5:30 pm in Cobo Hall, room W2-67.

The dialogue was initiated by the Independent Progressive Politics Network, which has organized similar dialogues a number of times over the past decade. Co-sponsors are the Green Party of the United States, League of Revolutionaries for a New America, Progressive Democrats of America and the Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy.

Three major issues will be addressed:

  • What can be done to stimulate independent, grassroots activism around key issues like unemployment, the housing crisis, racial justice, the climate crisis, corporate control of elections, immigrant rights, war and empire and universal health care;
  • An assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party as far as the building of a popular progressive movement; and,
  • How to develop a “united progressives” network that brings together Greens and other third party activists, progressive Democrats, and labor, community and issue-based organizers into an on-going, independent, progressive alternative to our corporate-dominated political system.

Among those participating in this dialogue:

  • Tim Carpenter, executive director, Progressive Democrats of America
  • David Cobb, leader of the Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy, Green Party 2004 Presidential candidate
  • Sanda Everette, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States
  • Ted Glick, co-founder of the Climate Crisis Coalition
  • Kevin Alexander Gray, South Carolina community organizer and author
  • Logan Martinez, leader of National Jobs for All
  • Brent McMillan, executive director, Green Party of the United States
  • Sandra Rivers, education activist, former Harlem, N.Y. school board member
  • Jerome Scott, leader of the League of Revolutionaries for a New America
  • Laura Wells, Green Party of California gubernatorial candidate

 All USSF attendees are welcome to take part in this dialogue.

For more information contact George Friday –    704-691-3627

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A West African Night | Sponsored by CPRC

The African Awareness Workgroup of the Carolina Peace Resource Center presents:    

A West African Night

Friday, November 6, 2009 @6:00-9:00 pm

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Columbia at 2701 Heyward Street, Columbia, SC.  Cost: $8 per person (save $1/person that you invite).

The African Awareness Workgroup of the Carolina Peace Resource Center will present an evening of cultural discussions led by Columbia residents who have traveled to or lived in countries in West Africa.  The evening will include West African drumming, musical entertainment by Love’s Lotus, and an authentic West African dinner.Profits from these events are used to present future event focusing on peace and justice issues in Africa.

West African masks contributed by Lamb’s Bread Restaurant will be on display (Lamb’s Bread, located at 2338 Main Street, serves delicious vegan dishes) as well as photography by Vinnie Deas-Moore.

Africa MapThe event is part of a continuing series on African peace and justice issues presented by the African Awareness Workgroup of the Carolina Peace Resource Center.  Previous events have focused on health care justice in Kenya, military repression of the pro-democracy movement in Guinea, life in rural Mali and efforts to obtain clean drinking water, and retracing the slave routes of Ghana


PO Box 7933
Columbia, SC 29202
United States

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Notice | Savannah River Site | Citizens Advisory Board


Savannah River Site

Savannah River Site

Do you want DOE at the to add you to a new e-mail list (as part of an effort by them to do better outreach to the concerned public about future use of the site)?

If you been following the vague DOE proposals for “energy parks” at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina or at Piketon in Ohio, you will know that I have been pushing DOE for not having a clear “energy park” policy and for failing to involve all stakeholders and the public in the decision-making process involving future use of the sites.  At SRS, amongst other things, the SRS boosters still have their eyes set on a reprocessing “park,” which DOE officials have urged them to pursue, and at Piketon a consortium of Duke and Areva has announced the aim is to build an EPR reactor at the site. The public has so far been cut out of any planning with DOE on these projects or any other possible uses of the sites.

(I’m attending the SRS Citizens Advisory Board this afternoon and all day Tuesday and will have my ears open to anything said about the “energy park” idea.)

In response to my concerns, a DOE Assistant General Counsel recently wrote to me and said that “my office and DOE,’s Savannah River Operations Office (Operations Office) are in active discussion, and the Operations Office is currently working to establish a process that will provide transparency and meaningful public participation in relation to plans to utilize land at the Site as an energy park and with regard to relevant NEPA procedures.”

As part of what I assume is the above transparency effort mentioned above, DOE-SRS e-mailed me last Friday and said that “We are trying to expand our notification to include you and other non government organizations interested in SRS.”  The e-mail went on to ask if I would help them pull together a list of NGO contacts, which would want to receive information from DOE about things at SRS.  I don’t know if DOE is making this effort at Piketon or other sites but what they do here may be indicative of how DOE handles the “energy park” approach at other sites.

While I don’t want to be doing DOE’s work, I do think it important that any groups, which want to be informed of things happening at SRS, particularly about planning for any “energy park,” be on this list. They should have been doing a better job at outreach in the past but I am willing to help them get better in working with environmental stakeholders and not just with contractors and local special interest groups.  We need to let them see that NGOs a re concerned about what happens at the site for any “energy park” proposals so I hope many of you will want to be on their list.

Thus, if you want your organization to be on DOE’s notification list for SRS activities, please affirm your interest to me and I’ll pass your name, organization name and e-mail address on to the SRS Office of External Affairs. 

 For more information contact Tom Clements@ tel. 803-834-3084/ cell 803-240-7268/

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The 2009 Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign/Social Welfare Action Alliance Joint Conference, Workshops & Strategy Sessions

“Building the Unsettling Force”: A National Conference to End Poverty

Louisville, KY July 16 – 19th



Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign

Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign

The dispossessed of this nation — the poor, both white and Negro live in a cruelly unjust society.  They must organize a revolution against that injustice, not against the lives of persons who are their fellow citizens, but against the structures through which the society is refusing to take means which have been called for, and which are at hand, to lift the load of poverty. . .  

Social Welfare Action Alliance

Social Welfare Action Alliance







There are millions of poor people in this country who have very little, or even nothing, to lose.  If they can be helped to take action together, they will do so with a freedom and a power that will be a new and unsettling force in our complacent national life.  

Martin Luther King, Jr. December, 1967


Social Welfare Action Alliance –


Arenas of Struggle Dialogs & Facilitators (Friday, 11:00-12:30)

The following are community-wide dialog sessions organized by the primary arenas of struggle in which we work.  They are intended to explore further the morning’s examination of our historical and contemporary context.  Facilitators will make a brief presentation to stimulate discussion.  

The Right to Health – Ethel Long-Scott, Women’s Economic Agenda Project Sandy Perry, CHAM Deliverance Ministry  

The Right to a Living Wage – Logan Martinez, Nat’l Jobs for All Coalition Representatives from UNITE  

The Right to Housing, Utilities, & Water – Cheri Honkala, PPEHRC 

The Right to Education/Youth in the Movement – Deeq Abdi, Ricky Brunner, & Bobbie Patterson, MN PPEHRC Representatives from Loring Nicollet Alternative School 

The Right to Communication/The Media – Heather M. Kendell, ASL Advocates Representative from Tribuno del Pueblo

Arts & Culture – Lee Ballinger, Rock A Mole Productions Shamako Noble, Hip-Hop Congress & PPEHRC

Local to Global Movement-Building:  The International Arena & Immigration -Rosemary Barbera, Monmouth University Jen Cox, PPEHRC International Committee

Religion & Faith Communities – Rev. Bruce Wright, Tampa Refuge Ministries  

Policy, Legislation & the Legal Arena – Cecelia Perry, AFSCME[1] Larry Bresler, PPEHRC

Social work & Human Services  – Khalilah Collins, Women in Transition Jennifer R. Jewell, Spalding University Mary Bricker-Jenkins, PPEHRC & Temple University

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