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Thousands take the streets to kick-off US Social Forum in Atlanta, GA

by Lori Hurlebaus, Courage to Resist (lori [at] couragetoresist.org)
ATLANTA (June 27, 2007) - Thousands braved the sweltering heat of Atlanta, GA to kick-off the first ever United States Social Forum marching behind the banner "Another World is Possible; Another U.S. is Necessary." It is estimated that almost 10,000 people registered for the forum making it one of largest working gatherings of US social justice movements in recent history.
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§"People's Freedom Caravan"
by Lori Hurlebaus, Courage to Resist
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§Laughter is Possible
by Lori Hurlebaus, Courage to Resist
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§Fernando Suarez del Solar (right), Hashmeya Mohsen al Hussein and Rev. Kenneth Glasgow
by Lori Hurlebaus, Courage to Resist
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Fernando Suarez del Solar (left), father of Jesus Alberto a US Marine killed in Iraq, Hashmeya Mohsen al Hussein (center), President of the Iraq Electrical Utility Workers and Rev. Kenneth Glasgow (right), founder of The Ordinary People Society (T.O.P.S.) help to lead opening march of the first ever U.S. Social Forum.
§King Coal
by Lori Hurlebaus, Courage to Resist
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§Stop the Privitazation of the Gulf Coast!
by Lori Hurlebaus, Courage to Resist
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Over 500 community members from the Gulf Coast region traveled to the US Social Forum.
§Puppets join crowd in downtown Atlanta
by Lori Hurlebaus, Courage to Resist
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§Brass band keeps the crowd lively
by Lori Hurlebaus, Courage to Resist
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§No Layoffs!
by Lori Hurlebaus, Courage to Resist
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§Don't Close Grady Hospital!
by Lori Hurlebaus, Courage to Resist
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Community member protesting the proposal to privatize Atlanta's ONLY public hospital, Grady Hospital.
§No Person is Illegal
by Lori Hurlebaus, Courage to Resist
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§Indigenous Contingent helps lead the march
by Lori Hurlebaus, Courage to Resist
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§Protect Sacred Sites
by Lori Hurlebaus, Courage to Resist
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§S.F.'s "Heads Up Collective" joins the march
by Lori Hurlebaus, Courage to Resist
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§March leaves behind the State (well, the State Capitol Building)
by Lori Hurlebaus, Courage to Resist
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§Sun Puppet brightens the day
by Lori Hurlebaus, Courage to Resist
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§"Jobs with Justice!"
by Lori Hurlebaus, Courage to Resist
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§"A.C.O.R.N."
by Lori Hurlebaus, Courage to Resist
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§Puppet becomes the heart of the march
by Lori Hurlebaus, Courage to Resist
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§"Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children (FFLIC)"
by Lori Hurlebaus, Courage to Resist
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by Chris Crass
Lori,
Thanks so much for posting your pictures. It was such a powerful march. The official word is that over 12,000 people attended the USSF, according to registration numbers. Thanks for helping folks who weren't there get some images of what a profound convergence it was.
by Margaret L. Albert
Thank you so much. This is one of the most powerful displays of cooperation between divergent groups of people. against the War Cabal, I have seen yet. You tied them all together, so we can see them in all their many manifestations. Someone did a superb job of contacting and bringing them all together. I am just sorry that I can only view it all from the sidelines, but will do what I can to help a bit financially.

Margaret L. Albert
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