28 July 2009

Another Kentucky is Possible - Kentucky Social Forum to Launch This Week

Ms. Foundation grantee Kentucky Jobs With Justice is the anchor organization for the first Kentucky Social Forum, taking place this weekend at Berea College 31 July - 2 August. Several other Ms. Foundation grantees, including Women in Transition, the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign and Project South will be participating as well. The Forum, a gathering of social justice organizations modeled after the U.S. Social Forum and the World Social Forum, is bringing activists together across issues, from across the state with the following objectives in mind:
    • To continue building a progressive movement in Kentucky by educating folks about numerous social justice issues using a human rights framework.
    • To bring together folks from rural and urban parts of our state to fight for our basic human rights more collectively.
    • To create strong, grassroots coalitions across the expanse of Kentucky.
    • To become more educated about such issues as: housing, hunger, homelessness, poverty, environmental justice, workers’ rights, youth advocacy and organizing, mountaintop removal, reproductive justice, immigrant rights, queer advocacy and organizing, media justice, non-partisan political mobilizing, economic justice...
Through workshops, a poetry slam and other events, organizers of the Forum hope to "develop viable communications networks, clear outreach strategies...[and to use] arts and culture, providing a space for spirituality, healing and more!"

We wish the participants a productive gathering and share an action opportunity from Kentucky Jobs With Justice on our Outrageous Acts site.

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