its long overdue but we need a new port huron statement for the new
sds lives on
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Subject: [sixties-l] FROM PORT HURON TO KENT STATE (fwd)
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> Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2002 14:18:26 -0700
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> Subject: FROM PORT HURON TO KENT STATE
> FROM PORT HURON* TO KENT STATE
> *Port Huron was the meeting place at which a statement of vision and
> program was created in 1962 by Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).
> Dear Friends,
> Like you, we work at the things we do because we believe a better world
> possible. Moved by the urgencies of the global situation some of us have
> come together in exploratory gatherings, held in Ohio, Michigan and
> Pennsylvania, during which we shared experiences as members of a
> multiplicity of movements. We are anti-globalization activists,
> rank-and-file union members, students, anti-death penalty activists, peace
> movement activists, members of past and present movements for social and
> economic justice and civil rights, labor movement organizers and
> and many others. We are people of different ages and backgrounds who come
> from varied Rust Belt locations, such as Toledo, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati,
> Detroit, Ann Arbor, East Lansing, Chicago, Youngstown and Philadelphia.
> share common traditions of participatory democracy and self-activity.
> Encouraged by what we have learned about each other, and by the sense of
> community we have created, we are determined to broaden the scope of our
> solidarity with others who work to make the planet a better place. WE ARE
> NOT CREATING A NEW ORGANIZATION.
> A HORIZONTAL MOVEMENT
> We invite you to participate in a movement-building conference at Kent
> State University, May 31-June 2, 2002. We envision a movement in which we
> organize and support one another by reaching out to each other
> rather than indirectly through representatives and policy-makers of
> centralized bodies or hierarchies. As members of diverse movements, our
> beliefs regarding methods for achieving change may often differ, but
> because we share core values, ideals, and hopes for a better world, we can
> find ways to address issues that are important to us all. We share a
> collective interest in the welfare of future generations and the welfare
> the planet that can transcend and transform our differences. Like you, we
> seek a politics that touches the heart and turns the heart. We believe in
> accompanying one another, in resisting the tendency to make our ideals
> dogmas, as we struggle to change the world.
> Help us move toward a convergence of our separated movements and
> and possibly, toward a new document similar to the Port Huron Statement
> created by Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) forty years ago. Bring
> your needs to the conference: what do you need to learn from others in
> other movements that you can take back to enrich your daily work? Bring
> the conference what you can contribute: what are your stories, your
> experience, and your knowledge?
> CREATING AN AGENDA FROM BELOW
> We have all been to innumerable conferences the agendas for which were
> fixed far in advance. Speakers whom we did not select made 55-minute
> presentations followed by five minutes for us to "discuss" what we had
> We wish to attempt something different. As you will gather from the
> registration form that follows, the conference at Kent State will begin
> supper on Friday May 31 and end with lunch on Sunday June 2. Friday
> and Sunday morning will be "plenaries": times when we will all be
> During the day Saturday we want to have workshops, but as the second form
> the registration form makes clear, workshops that you will help to define.
> Saturday evening we'll have a party, when Mike Stout, former grievance
> committee chairman at the U.S. Steel Homestead Works and
> will lead us in singing and celebration. Please bring your posters,
> collections, and art work to decorate the space in which we will gather.
> Please bring your instruments and songs you can perform (and may have
> We envision the conference workshops as times when smaller groups can
> clarify particular themes of our common struggle, and form mini-networks
> folks who will want to work together in the future. Here are some of the
> questions that we believe are on many of our minds:
> How can we resist the war system that surrounds us?
> What have we learned in the past forty years about building a movement
> made up of persons of different races and genders?
> When we say "another world is possible," what do we mean?
> How can we begin, now, to create an alternative to capitalism?
> How should we be preparing for the meeting of capitalist leaders
> in western Canada late in June?
> Are demonstrators at big anti-globalization events burning out?
> Are the authorities becoming more sophisticated and
> effective in their response?
> What do demonstrators do between demonstrations?
> What strategy should underlie our labor work?
> What do we visualize as the role of independent local unions,
> of local unions that are part of existing national unions,
> of ad hoc central labor bodies?
> How can the 90 per cent of workers not in unions take collective action
> and establish their rights?
> A number of resource people are available to help with the workshops,
> such as Alexis Buss of the Industrial Workers of the World;
> Peter Linebaugh, co-author of The Many-Headed Hydra;
> Tom Laney, who works for Ford in the Twin Cities; and a representative
> of the Charleston Five.
> SO HERE ARE THINGS THAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP:
> 1. Fill out the registration form, and send it to the Lynds together
> with your check made out to Kent State University, being sure to
> fill out the questions about workshops thoughtfully.
> 2. Plan to attend a final planning meeting at 12 noon on
> Sunday, May 19, 2002, at 310 South Ashley Street in Ann Arbor.
> This meeting will finalize the agenda for the conference.
> 3. Remember that a process of this kind can only succeed if
> "every one is an organizer." Make copies of this letter and the
> registration form that accompanies it, and circulate them to your
> friends and colleagues with a note as to why you think they
> should be at Kent State.
> Many thanks,
> Tony Budak, Dominic Caruso, Alan Haber, Staughton and Alice Lynd, Mike
> Website: http://porthurontokentstate.tripod.com
> Snail mail: the Lynds, 1694 Timbers Court, Niles OH 44446
> E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (Budak),
> email@example.com (Caruso),
> firstname.lastname@example.org (Haber),
> email@example.com (Lynds),
> firstname.lastname@example.org (Stout)
> >>>>>>PRINT and FILL OUT THE FOLLOWING FORM
> >>>>>>CUT HERE and MAIL TO LYND'S ADDRESS
> BUILDING A NEW MOVEMENT
> held at Kent State University May 31 June 2, 2002
> Friday, May 31, 2002
> 1:00 - 5:00 pm Check-in at Tri Towers Lobby
> 5:00 - 7:00 pm Dinner
> 7:00 -10:00 pm Plenary
> Saturday, June 1, 2002
> 8:00 - 9:00 am Breakfast
> 9:00 Noon Workshops
> Noon - 1:00 pm Lunch
> 1:00 5:00 pm Workshops
> 5:00 - 7:00 pm Dinner
> 7:00 - 10:00 pm Party
> Sunday, June 2, 2002
> 8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast
> 9:00 - Noon Plenary
> Noon - 1:00 pm Lunch (check-out by 1 pm)
> What are you working on that you would like to discuss
> with others in a workshop?
> What other workshops would you attend if others
> would like them too?
> >>>>>>2002 CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FORM
> Please complete and return this registration
> form by Wednesday, May 15, 2002.
> Name: __________________________________________
> Mailing Address: __________________________________
> E-mail Address: ___________________________________
> Phone: _________________________
> >>>>>>CONFERENCE INFORMATION:
> Housing Costs:
> $19 each night/Friday & Saturday night total $38.00
> (Leebrick Hall, check-in time 1 pm 5 pm)
> Food, Conference Room Rental and Parking Pass: $57.00
> (Includes Friday dinner, 3 meals on Saturday,
> and Sunday breakfast and lunch)
> Total Conference Cost (if registered by May 15th): $95.00
> On site conference registration: $100.00
> ___Yes, I will be attending the conference and will need lodging.
> ___Yes, Single room preferred
> ___Yes, Share room with ____________________
> ___Yes, I will be attending the conference, but will not need lodging.
> ___Yes, I will need a parking pass.
> ___Yes,I will need financial aid $25___$50___Other $____
> Please make checks payable to:
> KENT STATE UNIVERSITY
> Please mail check and registration form to:
> STAUGHTON and ALICE LYND
> 1694 Timbers Court
> Niles, OH 44446-3941
> For information about accommodations, you may contact:
> MARK WEBER at (330-672-2962) or
> e-mail: email@example.com
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