Somewhere in Detroit, orange braceleted activists were discussing the rights of domestic workers, pushing for more transparent democracy, and taking breaks to eat ice cream in support of rural farmers while serenaded by a radical marching band protesting the current prison system to the tune of a Lady Gaga hit. It did, in fact, seem like another Detroit was happening, as promised in the addendum to the week’s slogan: “Another World Is Possible, Another U.S. Is Necessary.” This U.S. Social Forum, which took place June 22nd through June 26th, was the second time such a gathering has happened in the U.S. The first occurred in 2007 in Atlanta, growing out of the World Social Forum movement. According to its website, “The World Social Forum is an open meeting place where social movements, networks, NGOs and other civil society organizations opposed to neo-liberalism and a world dominated by capital or by any form of imperialism come together to pursue their thinking, to debate ideas democratically, to formulate proposals, share their experiences freely and network for effective action. Since the first world encounter in 2001, it has taken the form of a permanent world process seeking and building alternatives to neo-liberal policies.” As a result, over 15,000 activists and organizers had descended on venues throughout Detroit to discuss, build, and act.