For Immediate Release
70,000 March Today to Bardo Museum for Opening of World Social Forum 2015
TUNIS - On Tuesday March 24th, over 70,000 grassroots activists from around the world will kick off the World Social Forum 2015 with a march at 4pm from Bab Saadoun Square to the Bardo Museum calling for peace, democracy and social justice in solidarity with the people of Tunis and all communities impacted by violence worldwide. The Social Forum will continue from March 24-29, under the banner: Together to pursue the revolution of rights and dignity.
The struggle for climate justice has emerged as one of the most significant themes in the World Social Forum 2015, as frontline communities across the globe continue to build the “Road to Paris” and leverage global pressure to impact the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The final global agreement on climate to be signed in December 2015 at the Conference on Parties (COP) 21 in Paris is expected to be insufficient and far from the kind of action needed to address the mounting crisis.
Climate justice organizations from around the world will lead a track of “Climate Space” workshops, discussing the links and common root causes of the climate crisis, food, water, employment, migration, democracy and human rights, and profiling community-led solutions. Among the alternatives, delegates from the US will be lifting up the work of Cooperation Jackson in Mississippi and the struggle for economic democracy inside the United States.
Global feminism has also emerged as a core theme in this year’s Social Forum. Four years after the rallying cry for justice, dignity and equality of the Tunisian revolution, Tunisian feminists will be convening a track of workshops about the political, economic and social conditions of women globally.
Key leaders from US-based grassroots organizations will lead workshops on the Black Lives Matter movement that grew in response to the recent inhumane murders of Black men, including Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown, and share a vision of the world we will build together free from state and vigilante brutality and terror.
The Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ) has mobilized a delegation of 20 leaders from frontline communities across the US to continue building relationships of global solidarity, and help shape new organizing strategies to address the intersecting challenges of militarism and the climate and economic crisis.
- Cindy Wiesner, National Coordinator, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance; Co-Chair, Climate Justice Alliance
- Vivian Yi Huang, Campaign and Organizing Director, Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN); Oakland, CA, United States
- Adofo Minka, Founding Member, Cooperation Jackson; Jackson MS, United States
- Maggie Martin, Co-Director of Iraq Veterans Against the War; Decatur, TN, United States
- Jessica O. Guerrero,Fuerza Unida; San Antonio, TX, United States
- Tom B.K. Goldtooth, Executive Director, Indigenous Environmental Network; Bemidji, MN, United States
Click here for a PDF of the Press Advisory as well as bios and quotes from GGJ Delegates.
“What we need right now is a united global movement that will not only support a democratic transition in Tunisia, but also a just transition to a better global economy. In the wake of the Tunis attack, we are showing up for our Tunisian sisters and brothers to support a peaceful democratic transition in Tunisia, and to connect with our allies around the world who are organizing around the clock to put an end to the corporate capture of climate change.” - Cindy Wiesner, National Coordinator of Grassroots Global Justice Alliance.
“People on the frontlines of the climate crisis know what action needs to be taken, and are ready to make change happen. We need our governments and global leaders to catch up with the people on the ground. Keep the oil in the soil, the coal in the hole, and the tar sands in the land.” - Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of Indigenous Environmental Network.
Grassroots Global Justice is an alliance of U.S.-based grassroots groups who are organizing to build an agenda for power for working and poor people. We understand that there are important connections between the local issues we work on and the global context, and we see ourselves as part of an international movement for global justice.