The Latin America Solidarity Coalition would like to invite you to participate in the US Social Forum scheduled for June 22-26, 2010 in Detroit. We also invite you to collaborate with the LASC and other solidarity and Latin America focused organizations at the Social Forum.
The Latin America Solidarity Coalition is grateful to the 1st Unitarian Universalist Church of Detroit for providing us with a center for LASC organizing at the US Social Forum, June 22-26, 2010. The church is at 4605 Cass Avenue, a 13 min. bus ride or 45 min. walk from Cobo Hall where the main social forum activities will take place.
The church is available to LASC member groups for basic housing, storage of materials, meetings, and social activities. The Alliance for Global Justice will coordinate space usage. Send inquiries to Chuck@AFGJ.org.
Housing is limited and will be awarded first come first served to members of LASC affiliated groups. The cost will be $5/person/night and will include coffee in the morning and perhaps simple fare such as donuts and bagels although we encourage people to spend their money while in Detroit in support of local businesses. Where possible we will carpool from the church to Cobo Hall. Send your reservation now to Chuck@AFGJ.org including what nights you wish sleeping bag style accommodations and which LASC group you are affiliated with. (The LASC has a voluntary, dues structure: $50 if budget under $200K, $100 between $200-$500K, $150 over $500K)
Rooms of varying size are available at the church for LASC member groups to have internal or networking meetings. Large rooms are also available for public events. In addition we will set aside space for materials to be stored by LASC member groups. We will endeavor to make this space secure but will not be liable for any losses. To schedule room usage contact Chuck@AFGJ.org.
LASC will include the schedule of workshops planned by LASC member groups on its web page (www.lasolidarity.org) and in printed flyers and posters at the social forum. When you submit your workshop proposals, please include Latin America Solidarity Coalition as a “collaborator.”
The USSF policies and costs for tabling at Cobo Hall are not yet clear. LASC expects to have a table which will allow limited space for display of free literature by LASC member groups. Please contact Chuck@AFGJ.org if you are interested in participating in the LASC table.
(Please distribute this information to appropriate local and national listserves.)
Other ways collaborating with LASC and each other will help your organization:
1. Sharing the costs and planning
2. Attracting the best possible panel speakers
3. Web page and flyer promotion of workshops IN ADDITION to the listings in the official USSF publications
4. Use of the LASC “space” in Detroit for meeting, materials storage, and possibly sleeping bag-style housing
5. Network with existing and new Latin America solidarity activists to grow your group and our movement as a whole.
You may register now for the USSF. Early registration rates now apply. The period for submitting workshop proposals is Jan. 20-April 20. The website is http://www.ussf2010.org
If you are interested in collaborating with the LASC at the USSF, please contact Chuck Kaufman a the Alliance for Global Justice – Chuck@AFGJ.org or 202-256-8032 or Alexis Stoumbelis, Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) — Alexis@CISPES.org or 202-521-2510