In early November 2019, I had the immense privilege of joining a delegation from US social movements to Cuba to participate in a hemispheric social movement gathering (the Jornada Continental for Democracy and Against Neoliberalism) and to meet with Cuban social movements. The delegation consisted of members of the It Takes Roots "alliance of alliances" (consisting of Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ), Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), Climate Justice Alliance (CJA), and Right to the City), as well as members of the Movement for Black Lives.
GGJ, in particular, took on the task of organizing the delegation, and incurred significant expenses.
GGJ brings together social movement leaders from across North America / Turtle Island to share strategies and visions for a stronger movement.
The Jornada Continental linked hemispheric social movement leaders together in conversation about strategies and opportunities to help defeat the rise of authoritarianism in the US and globally. Our delegation also met with representatives from state agencies, social movement leaders, cultural workers, local base-building organizations, agro-ecologists, and more to learn about the realities and lessons of organizing in Cuba.
We need your support to bring these lessons back home and to participate in efforts to strengthen the frontline movements within North America to defeat authoritarianism and neoliberalism.
The ITR alliances, the Movement for Black Lives, and other closely aligned organizations are organizing a broader effort to build the leadership of frontline communities, defeat the global Rise of the Right, and lift up People’s Solutions to the crises of democracy, economy and ecology. Over the next year we will collectively:
* Bring together grassroots leadership to chart a national platform towards People’s Solutions.
* Host an ITR National Membership Convening in May 2020 to build unity, celebrate our strength and ratify the national platform.
* Engage in mobilizations throughout the summer 2020 to spotlight voices of Frontline Communities and People’s Solutions amidst the Presidential Election.
* Unite with strategic allies at Mega Convergence led by The Rising Majority in early 2021 in order to convene and increase alignment and unity across the political Left.
The costs of mobilizing our membership from around the Northern Hemisphere ain’t cheap. With your support we can reach our goal of raising $35,000 to offset the costs of our members attending these important movement building moments. Your support will help GGJ participate in each these next steps and continue to offer a leadership perspective in linking the social movements of North America with social movements from around the world.