Goals of the People's Movement Assembly in Portland (PMA):
From the inception of the World Social Forum, participating social movements have debated the purpose and function of the Forum as a distinctly open space and/or as a convergence of movements in strategic positions to articulate clear political positions. Assemblies have taken multiple forms on the WSF level, the Hemispheric Social Forums, and at the USSF in 2007.
Purpose of the PMA process:
Grassroots Political Deliberation & Synthesis
Provides space to articulate and synthesize broad-based and specific political positions
Provides deliberative space for movement struggles to inform one another
[EXAMPLE: Border Movement Assembly process – 1) Connects the work being done on the border; 2) strengthens the political positions and visions of the organizing work; 3) creates alliances across communities, sectors, and regions; 4) prepares for organized participation in next Social Forum.]