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Questions to Ask Yourself (and Others) Before Going to the 2010 USSF:

(Answer questions, question the questions or add questions in the comments.)


1. How is “movement” being defined by the organizers of the USSF?

What is the USSF’s strategies (fundraising, community participation, issue focus, decision making, tactics, action, representation, location, goals) in contrast to the politics it adopts and to movements in other countries?

Is the USSF taking the lead from the worlds most oppressed peoples?

Does the USSF perpetuate “1st” world privilege?

How will the USSF directly address the US’s role in internal and global oppression?

2. Is this truely a peoples gathering or an organizers gathering?

Who is this really for? Who is benefiting from the USSF? Organizers and their organizations or communities?

3. How many resources are going into the USSF?

How much does it cost to put on the forum? Who pays the price? Where does the $ come from? Where does the money go? (corporate hotels, airlines, restaurants?)

How much money will my organization invest or divert from other projects for my participation in the USSF?


4. What other ways can those resources be used more effectively in my community?

5. What can the most effective thing be that my community can benefit from my participation at the USSF?

How is the USSF going to be supportive of the issues/work i’m doing in my community? Is it critical to your work?

6. Is my participation at the USSF based upon a critical need?

7. Is there another way to achieve the same results by not going to the USSF?


8. Have Indigenous Peoples of the original land that Detroit is on been involved in the process to bring the USSF?

What is my commitment to Indigenous People’s struggles who’s land I’m on? How are Indigenous Peoples being tokenized?

9. What do they really mean by “Another US is Necessary”?

How does creating another US address its colonial roots and history?

10. How does this forum challenge existing power structures?

What are ways that the USSF direclty challenges the state? What are ways that it upholds it?


11. How are young people being included in the dialogue throughout the forum?

What opportunities are there for younger people and/or elders and organizers for socializing that don’t involve parties with alcohol?

How are youth meaningfully involved in the decision making/planning processes?

How are youth tokenized?


12. How are the USSF workshops and speakers addressing root causes?

13. How are the actions planned at the USSF going to be effectively intervening with the issues?


14. What is the culture of the USSF?

Historically? What’s projected? What’s assumed? What’s practiced?

15. How are the organizers planning to address co-optation that happens within the movement?

If this forum is looking at strategies and strategizing does this really include a balanced dialogue of diverse tactics?

16. What can I do to ensure that issues and people wont be tokenized?

How is the USSF identifying the marginalized and how are they truly represented?

17. Who am I representing at the USSF?

18. How is who I’m representing at the USSF going to be meaningful to my community?

19. Does the USSF challenge movement vanguardism?

20. Who really is behind the USSF?

Who is the National Planning Committee (NPC) and why aren’t they upfront about their membership?

21. Who has the most to gain from the USSF?

22. What is the relationship to detroit or is it just a movement hotspot?

How is Detroit benefitting?

23. Who chooses the main themes and topics to be presented and represented at the USSF?

How is it decided upon what issues are more important than others?


24. How is the non-profit industrial complex reinforced by the USSF?

25. How am I paying for my trip to the USSF? Organizational, foundation, or donor funds?

Are the funds I’m diverting or additionally raising from my org/community calculated with the overall expenses of the USSF?

26. If I wasn’t getting paid, if it wasn’t a free trip, and I didn’t get to recreate, would I need to be there?

27. Who are the funders of the USSF?

Who is the USSF accountable to as a forum?

Who are the organizers of the USSF accountable to?


28. What are the true ecological costs of the USSF?

29. How will my choice of travel to, and consumption at the USSF compound with the effects of an estimated 20,000 people?

Does the USSF’s carbon footprint balance the impacts on Global Warming?

Will purchasing carbon offsets really mitigate the environmental impacts?


30. How will my participation at the USSF be effective towards getting justice for my issue or community?



Please forward these questions to your contacts, your organization, and anyone else who may be interested in the USSF.
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