JULY 6-9, 2006
Milwaukee, WI
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Student Union

Preparations for Midwest Social Forum (formerly aka RadFest) 2006 are well under way.

See below for updates on how you can get involved in this annual gathering of grassroots organizations, community activists, and others committed to social justice movement building.

1. Call for Participation and Proposals
2. Regional Info Meetings
3. Call for Artists
4. Help Publicize/Volunteer
5. Donate/Sponsor
6. Individual Registration begins March 15

The Midwest Social Forum Organizing Committee invites you to organize activities and submit proposals for Midwest Social Forum 2006. There is no hard deadline. However, to be assured of acceptance and advanced publicity, registration and proposal forms should be submitted by NO LATER THAN APRIL 15.

Fill out an online form at http://www.mwsocialforum.org/get_involved/

A series of info meetings about the forum will be held across the
Midwest starting March 2.

MILWAUKEE – Thursday, March 2, 6:30 pm, Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd. (Corner of Sherman Blvd. & Lisbon, across the street from Washington Park, 414-286-3066).
TWIN CITIES – Thursday, March 23, 7:00 pm, Resource Center of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha Ave., Room 55406 (612-276-0788 , ext.22)
MADISON – Saturday, March 25, 2:00 pm, Neighborhood House, 29 S. Mills St.
CHICAGO – Saturday, March 25, time and location TBA

For maps and more info, check http://www.mwsocialforum.org/get_involved/infosessions.htm for more details as they become available.

To organize your own information in another city or area, get in touch with us at info@mwsocialforum.org or 608.262.0854.

The Midwest Social Forum is also a space for showcasing the artistic movements that are the creative force of our diverse communities. The Forum’s location–the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Student Union building–offers ample opportunity for all kinds of artistic display: it contains a full size cinema theater, a major ballroom-type venue and other show spaces. There will be a concert each night, a continuous showing of films, and ongoing gallery spaces. There will also be opportunities for graffiti, theatre, poetry, open mic and soapboxing, and other spontaneities.

All artists in Hip-Hop, Rock, Spoken Word, Folk, Dance, Cinema/Film, etc are encouraged to send in demos and press kits (cd/video) to:

YO! The Movement
Attn: MWSF
420 N 5th Street Ste 1040
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Questions, comments, and concerns will be fielded by Kevin Walsh at 608-262-1420 or info@mwsocialforum.org

Want to help publicize? We can send you posters, postcards, digital files, and other materials to help you get the word out about the Forum.

If you live in Milwaukee, we also need particular help organizing housing, meals, childcare, transportation and other logistics.

Call 608.262.1420 or email info@mwsocialforum.org if you want to get involved.

The continued growth and success of the Midwest Social Forum depends on the financial contributions of many individuals and organizations committed to social justice movement building. Your contribution will not only make it possible to cover the costs of organizing the Forum, but will also provide scholarships to low-income participants. Please make a contribution of $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1000 or more, and help to make a better, more just world possible.

You can contribute by using our secure web-connection or by sending a check or money order made out to: Havens Center, 8117 Social Science, 1180
Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706.

To donate, or for details about sponsorship opportunities, see http://www.mwsocialforum.org/donate/

Individual registration, including for housing, meals, tabling, transportation, and the Forum itself, begins on March 15. Check back at the website for information about costs and logistics: http://www.mwsocialforum.org/registration/