This March 26-31, 2013 social movements from across the world will converge on Tunis, Tunisia for the World Social Forum 2013 (WSF). Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ) is leading a delegation of 26 people to the WSF in Tunis to bring the perspective of solidarity from working class communities of color at the frontlines of the climate and economic crises in the US.
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GGJ is an alliance of US-based grassroots organizing groups building power for working and poor people and bringing organizers together across borders to strengthen an internationalist movement for global justice.
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On Dec. 18, 2010 in Tunisia the symbolic beginning of the Arab Uprising made its mark on the global stage as the world witnessed a prairie fire of masses in the streets denouncing corruption in government, austerity cuts in the face of ever deepening unemployment rates and worker injustice. The first of the many sites of Arab Uprisings that took place across the Maghreb-Machrek region, Tunisia is in a major transition post uprising. Emerging social movements across the globe (Spain, Greece, and Occupy in the US) followed the footsteps of the movements in the region, and continue looking to Tunisia for inspiration from the stories of how strikes led by miners and textile women workers and extreme levels of unemployment amongst youth with academic degrees contributed to the overthrow of a dictator. However, after a year of rule by a three-party government, the urgent issues of rising prices and unemployment that sparked the revolution remain unresolved.
The political assassination of long-time Tunisian leader Chokri Belaïd on Feb 6th, 2013 highlights the need for stronger global solidarity to support the unification of progressive forces in Tunisia. “Belaid began the process of unification when he formed the Unified Democratic Nationalist Party,” writes Vijay Prashad. “It is now left to his successors to carry forward his task, both in his name and in the name of Chris Hani, two men killed as they tried to take their countries on the path to democracy and equality.”
Movements continue to see Tunisia as having the best chance of building a new democratic process in the Arab world, and leaders of the WSF are saying this recent escalation makes the presence of international solidarity even more necessary.
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GGJ Member Organizations on the trip: Afro-Eco, Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), Black Workers for Justice (BWFJ), CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities, Causa Justa::Just Cause (CJJC), East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC), Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), Labor Community Strategy Center (LCSC), Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO), Miami Workers Center (MWC), Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM), Southwest Workers Union (SWU), and United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE).