For those of you heading to the U.S. Social Forum this week, please try to check out the official launch party for myBLOC. BLOC (Building Leadership Organizing Communities) is a national network of young folks working in communities of color to build alliances and transform society. Think Myspace but without the obxious pretense of hook ups and cat fights. This week myBLOC also becomes a public site, so run and set up an account. It's really a great way for organizers across the country to keep in touch, and the broader the network, the stronger the alliances.
More on launch parties at the forum in ATL:
• Tuesday, June 26, 10 pm-2am: KICK-OFF PARTY
at the World Famous Mic Club at Apache Cafe, 64 3rd St. NW
Hosted by D.R.E.S. Tha Beatnik with Dj’s Edward Scissorhands + Razah. Featuring Rebel Diaz (Chicago/Bronx), Viva Fidel (Milwaukee), and Readnex Poetry Squad (New York), Atlanta’s finest welcomes USSF. Presented by myBLOC and 4 Kings Productions. 18 +, $10
• Wednesday, June 27. Opening march and ceremony of the U.S. Social Forum,
1pm gather in Hurt Park , 2pm march to 5 Point Marta station, with myBLOC and Hip Hop Media Lab hosting MC’s and DJ’s.
• Thursday, June 28, 10pm. Ruckus Society and myBLOC present ATL-United
Django, 495 Peachtree St - a place for social justice to grind up against movement. Featuring DJ’s Karl Injex (ATL), Willie Maze (Oakland), Oja (NY) and Hot 8 Brass Band, showing that the movement that plays together stays together. 21+, $2
• Friday, June 29th, 1 pm–8pm. Little 5 Point BLOC Party!
Featuring music by Rebel Diaz, Dj’s Oja + Chela, live mural by Mike 360 (New Mexico) and Art in Action (Bay Area), Skate park and demos with Skate Like a Girl, Capoeria roda and demo, Custom sneaker art with Female Sneaker Fiend, and networking space for youth organizers, don’t miss it! All ages, free, at the Little 5 Point Community Center
• Saturday, June 30th, 2pm–5pm. Solar Powered Hip Hop Concert
at Renaissance Park (across from the Atlanta Civic Center)
myBLOC, Hip Hop Media Lab, and the People’s Family Reunion present an inspiring gathering of those of us who have been on the inside, have loved ones behind bars, and our allies. Hip Hop Sustains presents a solar powered hip hop concert to highlight green jobs and development. Featuring: MC’s Rebel Diaz, Ishues, Grime, Jibbs, Ludacris, Khalil, Readnex, Highlander Freedom Songs, and DJ’s Oja + Chela. All ages, free.