Peoples Movement Assembly

PMA

The Saturday morning assembly in the Convention Center during the 2013 November Vigil was organized in the Peoples Movement Assembly (PMA) format. The PMA model has been developed by Project South and through the US Social Forum (USSF).

Six-hundred people took part in 21 small group discussions about the role of nonviolent direct action, and grassroots organizing. The groups developed collective political understanding through dynamic conversations, and new relationships started to form. A goal for the PMA process is to engage everyone to come up with answers to questions about strategies, to develop our political analysis, and to come up with joint plans for action.

Another PMA is going to take place when we gather on Sunday, March 30, 2014 in Washington, DC during the Spring Days of Action, and we want you to join!

The movement to close the SOA has been tremendously successful in educating broad sectors about the reality of U.S. foreign policy towards Latin America. While SOA Watch started out with a narrow focus of ending the training of repressive Latin American military forces and the closure of the School of the Americas, the scope of our work has broadened over the years.

The SOA is part of a broader system of militarism. The institute is not an aberration of U.S. foreign policy but a clear example of it.

At the Peoples Movement Assembly (PMA) this Spring, we will place the SOA into the broader political frame. We will explore the intersectionality of social justice movements in the US, and  the relationship between militarized US policy, mass incarceration, deportations, the “War on Drugs,” etc.

Art and culture will be an integral part of the PMA. The PMA will lead into the Youth Encuentro in July, the Vigil at Fort Benning, Georgia (November 21-23, 2014), and into the next US Social Forum, which is going to take place in the Summer of 2015.
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