[excerpt] It is one week after the historic first United States Social Forum.
Both a living monument to a living justice movement inside the most
violent nation in the world, and testimony to the complexities of
sharing power across the lines of race, class, and gender- the USSF
brought tears of joy and frustration to my eyes. This first attempt on
the part of organizers, activists, artists, academics, the grassroots,
the lobbyists, the policy wonks and the students, the native people,
the immigrants, the queer folk, the Africans in America, the poor, the
struggling working class, the lawyers, the dreamers, the haters, the
survivors of private and public wars, the women, the children- was a
resounding success. Together we spit a new frame- that another world
is possible, but only through the redefining of the role of the United
States in that brave and beautiful new planet....