I’ll be in Detroit next week for the U.S. Social Forum. Only the last day or so of it–Friday night through the Sunday closing ceremonies. I will get a chance (if the plane’s on time) to celebrate the birthday of illustrious social pioneer and radical visionary Grace Lee Boggs.

Most important, we are going to be doing Live from the Land of Hope and Dreams there–I’ll have more details about where soon. We almost certainly won’t be able to accomodate a live audience of any size but if you’re up to something that the Sirius Left audience ought to know about, please find me (a good way would be to send me a message at

What I’m always looking for on that program is a way of dealing with empowerment of everyday people–which is one reason I like the Social Forum concept so much. The Social Forums–World and domestic–are built around doers. The first thing this means is that they are the opposite of celebrity driven. You attend one, you read accounts of them, in order to find out who you don’t know and would like to, to glean new ideas, to remind yourself that not only is resistance possible but so is starting to build a new society while this one completes its task of disintegration. To meet others who feel and act the same way, and to build alliances. To do real work, not just a job.  

To quote Arundathi Roy: “A new world is possible. A new world is necesary.” To which Grace Lee Boggs added: “A new world has already begun.” The best part of it is that this isn’t a job for stars and politicians and other Important People. It’s a job for you and me.

If you don’t know about the social forums in this country and around the world, go to

And remember what the man said:

“I am no better and neither are you
We are the same whatever we do
You love me you hate me you know me and then
You can’t figure out the bag l’m in
I am everyday people, yeah yeah “

That’s the truth or nothing is.  

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