Dan Reilly

June 29th, 2010

Dan's Reflections on the US Social Forum 2010

By Dan Reilly (Video Coordinator)

Attending the US Social Forum this past week in Detroit, Michigan was a truly inspirational experience – one that I am sure to carry with me for years to come.

First off, I unexpectedly reconnected with a number of individuals from around the country that I have worked with in the past. I guess I’ve never really stopped to think about how long I’ve been working on social justice issues and how many wonderful people I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with during that time. Seeing all those people again really brought back a lot of positive memories and has renewed my commitment to forge new relationships with others in the future.

Secondly, my experience in Detroit reinforced personal ideologies that have guided my work in the past and will continue to guide it in the future. To briefly list just a few that arose during workshops and discussions with fellow anarchists:

 

  • The principle of “Social Insertion.” Anarchists should be there to demonstrate our value to movements by bringing our belief systems, material support, and experience as activists and organizers to those movements.
  • Revolution comes from people’s movements. Anarchists don’t start revolutions; we offer those movements ideas and support.
  • The principle of “Transformative Justice”. Basically the belief that we can derive a structural analysis from interpersonal relationships and struggles and use that analysis to promote positive transformations of individuals and groups.
  • From a current member of SDS: “I don’t see any such thing as a radical tactic. There’s only effective tactics and ineffective tactics.”
  • One of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal is the ability to “frame shift.”
  • Effective communication is about moving and triggering people’s core values.
  • Social Justice Leaders (anarchists included) need to be strategic, creative and disciplined.
June 26th, 2010

US Social Forum 2010 Impressions - Night 4

After the last full day at the US Social Forum 2010, check out the key points, thoughts and ideas that this year's YMR representatives will be taking back home to the Bay Area.

What is the US Social Forum?

June 25th, 2010

US Social Forum 2010 Impressions - Night 3

Check out Dan Reilly (Video Coordinator), AJ Thrower (YMR youth representative & emcee), Tania Pulido's (YMR youth representative via RYSE Center) thoughts on Day 3 of the US Social Forum in Detroit. Looks like a lot of lessons, connections, historical accounts, and energy were shared, see for yourself, below!

What is the US Social Forum?

June 23rd, 2010

US Social Forum 2010 Impressions - Night 2

Check out what AJ Thrower (YMR youth artist representative), Fred Thomas (RYSE Media Coordinator), Tania Pulido (YMR youth representative via the RYSE Center) and Dan Reilly (Video Coordinator) have to say about the first full day of the US Social Forum 2010. For comments on the hot/rainy weather, insightful statements, key takeaways, and expectations for the rest of the social forum, see their vlogs below.

What is the US Social Forum?