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CLARIFY & STRENGTHEN POLITICAL POSITIONS
& STRATEGIES
STRENGTHEN LOCAL, REGIONAL, & CROSS-REGIONAL COLLABORATIONS
53. Solidarity Economy PMA March 2010
54. Migrant Justice - LGBTTS PMA Tucson, June 2010
55. Defining Transformation for Social Change USSF II
56. Echo Justice: Building Movement through Building Meaning USSF II
57. Ecological Justice PMA USSF II
58. Emerging Strategies to [Re]Claim the Commons USSF II
59. Excluded Workers Congress USSF II
60. Forming a National Alliance on Racial Justice & Human Rights
USSF II
61. Funders Assembly USSF II
62. Health, Healing Justice, & Liberation PMA USSF II
63. Inter-Alliance Dialogue Convention USSF II
64. Rebuilding the Anti-War / Peace Movement to End Wars
& Occupation USSF II
65. Stimulating Grassroots Activism on a Massive Scale USSF II
66. Supporting Sex Workers Safety & Rights USSF II
67. US Techie Congress USSF II
68. World Court on Poverty in the US: Disappeared in America
USSF II
69. Youth Movement to Create a National Student Bill of Rights
for Education Justice USSF II
70. Law as a Weapon of War PMA Atlanta, May 2011
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44. Up South / Down South Assembly
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45. Urban Congress USSF II
46. Working for Peace & Justice in
Michigan USSF II
47. SE Youth PMA SHROC Birmingham,
December 2010
48. Pick up Your Peace II Youth PMA
New Orleans, March 2011
49. Healthy LIfestyles Youth PMA
Atlanta, April 2011
50. East Bay PMA June 2011
51. Atlanta Youth Education Justice PMA
Atlanta, July 2011
52 Youth PMA San Antonio, August 2011
MOBILIZE FOR NATIONAL
ACTIONS & CONVERGENCES
(USSF, WSF, demonstrations, etc.)
82. Poor Peoples Movement Assembly
& Caravan Global Day of Action
Atlanta, January 2009
83. National Planning Committee PMA
Albuquerque, January 2010
84. El Paso Border PMA February 2010
85. Houston PMA February 2010
86. Detroit 313 PMA March 2010
87. Mission PMA San Francisco, March 2010
88. Detroit PMA II May 2010
89. Phoenix National Day of Action on
SB 1070 PMA May 29 2010
90. South Sound PMA May 2010
91. Border / San Antonio PMA June 2010
92. Twin Cities PMA June 2010
93. Albuquerque NM PMA June 2010
94. Atenco Prisoners / Otra Campana /
Zapatista PMA USSF II
95. Building a Movement to Combat
Increased US Militarization USSF II
96. Juvenile Justice PMA USSF II
97. Prioritizing Africa & African Diaspora
Agenda Detroit to Dakar USSF II
71. Gulf Coast Climate Justice PMAs
New Orleans & Biloxi, April & May 2010
72. PMA for Comprehensive Immigration
Reform Columbus OH, May 2010
73. Building Solidarity with Grassroots in
Haiti USSF II
74. How to Claim the Right to Housing PMA
USSF II
75. Imagining & Building a Peoples Based
Solidarity Economy USSF II
76. Preparing the Youth in Todays
Agriculture: Without Us, Who Eats? USSF II
77. Detroit Rightsizing PMA November 2010
78. Assembly to End Poverty Chicago,
December 2010
79. Texas-wide Migrant Justice PMA
San Antonio December 2010
80. Alternative to Detroit Works Project PMA
April 2011
81. Regional Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions
PMAs Chicago, Montreal, West Coast 2011
Assemblies are complex and do not t easily into categories. We oer this map to demonstrate the breadth and depth of assemblies,
that we are aware of, held over the last three years. More than 50 assemblies happened at the USSF II in Detroit, June 22-26 2010.
1. Border Movement Assembly @ Border Social Forum
Ciudad Juarez, October 2006
2. SE Regional PMA of Trans-Identified Folks Spring 2010
3. Chicago Student Congressional Summit PMA April 2010
4. Lincoln HS PMA June 2010
5. Advancing a Gender Justice Vision & Action Plan USFF II
6. Assembly of Anti-Zionist Jews USSF II
7. Building Unity & Organization in the Black Liberation
Movement USSF II
8. Callin All Street Youth PMA USSF II
9. Detroit Utilities PMA USSF II
10. Education for Emancipation & Transformation PMA USSF II
11. End to Corporate Rule, Legalize Democracy, Move to
Amend the Constitution USSF II
12. Immigrant Rights from Below Movement Assembly USSF II
13. Indigenous PMA USSF II
14. International Solidarity & Responsibility on ALBA PMA USSF II
15. Justice in Palestine PMA USSF II
16. Plant Occupations & Organizing Strategies USSF II
17. Poverty Summit USSF II
18. Organizing to Dismantle School to Prison Pipeline PMA USSF II
19. Queer / Trans PMA USSF II
20. Rebuilding Solidarity with Puerto Ricos Anti-Colonial Struggle USSF II
21. Support of Democratic Trade Unionism in Mexico PMA USSF II
22. Take Back the Land Movement: PMA to Free this Land & Life USSF II
23. Tar Sands PMA USSF II
24. The Faith Community: From Internal Reflection to External Action USSF II
25. The Way Forward: Strategy, Tactics, & Seeding BDS in the US USSF II
26. What the Health Happened? How do we get the healthcare we need? USSF II
27. PMA to Confront Prisons USSF II
28. Palestinian Movement Assembly @ 2nd Popular Palestinian Congress Chicago, October 2010
29. Formerly Incarcerated People PMA Montgomery, March 2011
30. Latin@ PMA Portland, July 2011
DESIGN PEOPLES PLANS OF ACTION DEVELOP CROSS-MOVEMENT PLATFORMS & FRAMEWORKS
31. National PMA @ USSF I Atlanta, June 2007
32. Border Movement Assembly South by SW
San Antonio, 2008
33. Juneteenth Membership Gathering PMA June 2009
34. Kentucky Social Forum & PMA July 2009
35. Pick up Your Peace Youth PMA New Orleans, March 2010
36. Selma, Alabama PMA March 2010
37. LGBTQ of Color PMA NYC May 2010
38. Greater DC PMA May 2010
39. Portland PMA May 2010
40. Local Organizing Collective 2 PMAs
Knoxville, May & June 2010
41. Asian Pacific Islanders in Detroit PMA USSF II
42. Food Sovereignty PMA USSF II
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work to identify points of unity, plan shared actions, and emphasize strategic areas of
collaboration and resistance to racist and political repression.
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THURSDAY JUNE 24, 2010 @ USSF DETROIT
The United States is a prison empire,
founded on the legacy of slavery,
which uses racist mass incarceration,
widespread criminalization, torture,
and the targeting of political dissidents
to try to solve its fundamental
economic and social problems. It locks
up more people than any other
country on the planet.
The prison system is a central node
in an apparatus of state repression; it
destroys our communities and
weakens our resistance and
movements for justice.
Repression is a tool used to maintain
state power, and the prison
population represents the most
oppressed sectors of society: people of
color, the poor, First Nations
communities, immigrant communities,
working class women, queer and
transgender people, and radical
organizers from many communities.
- We resoIve to hoId coordinated IocaI days of action for Juvenile Justice in the week of December 6,
2010, against the prison industrial complex on International Human Rights Day on December 10, 2010,
and in solidarity with other movements and days of action against criminalization and connement.
- We resoIve to support the caII by groups Ied by formerIy incarcerated peopIe to hold a national
strategy session, led by and for formerly incarcerated people, within two years.
- We resoIve to support reunication of famiIies torn apart by the prison industriaI compIex,
including by supporting the full repeal of the federal Adoption & Safe Families Act.
- We caII for a paradigm shift in Ianguage, so that our language reects our objectives for full human
and civil rights for all people.
- We commit to supporting economic deveIopment opportunities for peopIe before and after
incarceration and sustainable alternatives for communities that currently depend on prisons for their
sustenance.
- We caII on organizations in aII sociaI movements to review their hiring process, their byIaws,
and their internal culture to determine if there are any barriers to full employment or inclusion of
people with convictions.
- We commit ourseIves to deveIoping communication tooIs that allow us to share victories,
strategies, lessons, and stories and ask allied movements to support this process.
Diverse anti-prison organizations that are part of a shared movement
against repression in aII its forms are activeIy organizing through:
tFighting for the full civil and human rights of currently and formerly incarcerated
people.
tIiminating the stigmas that inhibit currently and formerly incarcerated people
and their loved ones from speaking out.
t Suporting the leadership and leadership development of currently and formerly
incarcerated people.
t Drganizing for the immediate release of all political prisoners and prisoners of war.
tDemanding the immediate end to the death penalty, life without parole, solitary
connement, mandatory minimums, the incarceration of youth in adult facilities,
behavior modication/communication management units, all forms of torture, the
war on drugs, and the criminalization of youth, immigrants, and gender
nonconforming people.
tPromoting physical, mental, and emotional health and healing inside and outside
of prisons.
tDpposing all new jails, prisons, juvenile, or immigrant detention facilities and
supporting methods to immediately reduce the current prison population,
including sentencing and parole reform and eliminating prisons for prot.
tChaIIenging the institutions that prop up the prison, including the police, military,
ICE, governmental legislatures, and other forms of colonial rule.
tCreating community-based models of restorative and transformative justice in the
present.
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movement building that might come out of the assembly.
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involved to understand, be engaged, and feel a sense of ownership in the process.
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groups. Prepare for this by researching the struggles that are relevant to the region and issues that will be
discussed at the assembly. Talk with local, regional, and national movement leaders for information and ideas.
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Sharing knowledge to develop common
understanding of problems & solutions
There are different ways of being involved in the
Peoples Movement Assembly organizing process:
CONTENT DRIVEN: Focus on content when the goal of facilitation is to share knowledge,
ideas, and skills.
PROCESS DRIVEN: Focus on process when the goal of facilitation is to build relationships
and teams.
DECISION DRIVEN: Focus on decisions when the goal of faciliation is to determine
coordinated actions and common platforms.
* All three approaches can be used at dierent times throughout the assembly.
Be involved in the Peoples Move-
ment Assembly Working Group
Act as an anchor organization of
an Assembly
Organize an Assembly
Participate in an Assembly
WAYS TO BE INVOLVED
Stephanie Guilloud
Project South, Atlanta GA / stephanie@projectsouth.org / 404.622.0602
Ruben Solis
Southwest Workers Union, San Antonio TX / grulla@swunion.org / 210.299.2666
www.peoplesmovementassembly.org
FOR MORE INFORMATION
WHAT ARE THE POLITICAL GUIDELINES USED TO MOVE
THE ASSEMBLY PROCESS FORWARD?
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The Peoples Movement Assembly Working Group is a collaborative team of
movement leaders from across the US who are facilitating the development of the
assembly process. The working group provides documentation and support to
anchor organizations interested in holding Peoples Movement Assemblies.