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(en) US, USSF Wobbly Report Back

Date Sun, 04 Jul 2010 13:01:31 +0300

On June 22-26, nearly 26,000 people converged in Detroit, Michigan for the second US Social Forum. The forum consisted of hundreds of workshops, cultural events, walking tours, and more. Activists, organizers, and others involved in grassroots organizing came from around the country to network and share ideas. ---- A number of IWW* members were in attendance at the Social Forum, and many were able to meet and connect with one another. They came from places such as Grand Rapids Michigan, Twin Cities, Richmond, Virginia, NYC, upstate New York, Philadelphia, Albuquerque New Mexico, and Detroit among others. On Friday, wobblies took the time to meet with one another and report on what was going on in each person's city or town. Highlights from their conversations include the following:

--Richmond, Virginia - Wobblies helped form a Transit Riders Union and are actively outreaching to the community to grow the union
--Albuquerque, New Mexico - Wobblies organized the staff at a CWA local and currently have a contract there
--Detroit, Michigan - The branch operates "Wobbly Kitchen," which feeds workers for various events and fed hundreds of people during the Social Forum
--Starbucks Workers Union - Organizing continues nationwide, and SWU members look forward to attending the first international SWU conference in NYC this July
--New branches continue to form around the country!

The IWW also hosted a workshop entitled "Building an Alternative Workers Movement: Opportunities and Challenges," in which participants broke into small groups to flesh out ideas and share experiences. Small groups discussed such topics as organizing on the job, organizing across industries, membership recruitment and retention, and politics in organizing. Each group then shared and discussed with the larger group. San Francisco's Chinese Progressive Association and El Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas (CATA) co-hosted the workshop with the IWW.

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