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Wednesday, 23 June, 2010 1:05 AM

'We Have a Dream': U.S. Social Forum now underway at Cobo Center

 

PHOTO BY GARRETT GODWIN / ©AMERICAJR.com

The MLK Freedom March passes by Cobo Center in downtown Detroit on Jan. 18, 2010.
by Garrett Godwin
ggodwin82@yahoo.com

 

DETROIT -- This year marks two anniversaries in Detroit: the National People's Summit with Tent City and the anniversary that the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke his "I Have a Dream" speech months before the legendary August 22, 1963 in Washington, D.C., which coincides with the "We Have a Dream" rally as the kick-off for the 2010 U.S. Social Forum. The march went from Woodward and Jefferson to the Cobo Center, where the forum will be at from Tuesday to Friday.

The Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) United (www.rocunited.org), Alliance for Democracy (www.thealliancefordemocracy.org; www.defendingwaterforlife.org), Working America (in affiliate to the AFL-CIO), and the People's Freedom Caravan are several of the coalitions, community outreach and grassroots campaigns/non-profit organizations dedicated to have an economy for Main Street, not Wall Street; advocating a democratic government based on and for the people; defending the rights of all; focusing on corporations as people, not as business; having a real establishment of the workers being importance; creating jobs and schools, the police having a humble attitude of being servants of the people, and more.

The purpose of this march remains the same as the National People's Summit last year: bailout the people, not just the banks and Wall Street. "Ain't no power like the power of the people 'cause the power of the people don't stop!" the People's Freedom Caravan chanted during the march.

According to Jose Oliva of the ROC, the march is a celebration of honoring past civil rights leaders besides Dr. King that includes Ella Baker and Mother Jones, as they have a vision of what the future should be: better wages, affordable housing, ending discrimination, end corporate greed, and more. ROC, Lanysha Adams states, believes in the high road philosophy -- unlike the owners because they think it is more profitable for the workers to get minimum wage. Or in this case, that is their low road philosophy, which leads to a power imbalance. Laws in this country and this economic system benefits the rich, said Jeff Mansfield of the New York chapter.

"What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!" the ROC chanted.

For more info on the U.S. Social Forum, visit www.ussf2010.org.

 

PHOTO BY GARRETT GODWIN / ©AMERICAJR.com

The Tent City rally took place at Grand Circus Park in June 2009.

 

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