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New Ground 168

September — October, 2016

Our Revolution: It’s a Start by Bob Roman

For all the ways the Sanders campaign has fallen short, Sanders’ claims that we have “changed the national conversation” and mobilized millions, especially the young, are absolutely true. And this has manifested itself in the creation of national lefty organizations like Our Revolution and A Brand New Congress, new local organizations, as well as growth among a galaxy of already established organizations, including DSA. Most DSA chapters have seen some growth and an increased level of activism, but DSA’s greatest increase has been in the number of new chapters and organizing committees.

Beware the TPP: It Ain’t Dead Yet! by Tom Broderick

When it comes to planet Earth, there is no Plan(et) B. International trade deals must confront climate change. We have to stop spitting in the soup we all need for nourishment. Neoliberalism and secretive corporate deals like the TPP are plagues. Popular resistance is key to changing the focus of international trade. We’re seeing this turn the tide against the TPP. Public pressure in Europe also threatens the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The TTIP is being negotiated between the European Union (EU) and the United States.

Down for the Count: A Review by Michael Aubry

To describe election fraud is to describe a virus that in a Darwinian fashion evolves in response to selective pressure like regulation. From a historical perspective the subject is an unwieldy mass, a Gordian knot, containing elements that cannot easily be pulled apart, yet Gumbel has done an admirable job of examining the parts while maintaining their relationship to the whole.

In Solidarity with Standing Rock

Ever since 1492, the indigenous peoples of North America have faced relentless violence and attempts of cultural genocide from external power structures. From historic abuses, such as the Trail of Tears; to contemporary injustices, such as the epidemic of suicide among indigenous youth, or the almost inhumane living standards on reservations in modern times. The spirit and resolve of the first peoples to live on the land we now call the United States of America has been intentionally and mindfully oppressed for centuries. Thus, to see the people of the Standing Rock Reservation in the Dakotas stand up against the expansion of the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline through their lands, and across the Missouri River, their source of fresh water is to see an awakening of the heart and mind to which we all should bear witness and show solidarity.

Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) condemns the ongoing state and corporate violence against the just resistance of the Dakota Sioux Standing Rock indigenous people to the violation of their land and treaty rights by the Energy Transfer Partners’ construction of the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline. Energy Transfer has vengefully bulldozed a historic tribal burial ground and with state sanction assaulted peaceful protesters with private security dogs. Both acts represent another atrocity in the long history of forced removal and genocide against indigenous peoples by an occupying white power structure. Contrast these brutal tactics with the cautious treatment of far-right-wing racist white hate groups that have tried to privatize federal lands. We hope that the federal government’s recent decision to reconsider the building of the pipeline on native land will lead to the permanent end to the construction of the pipeline.

Freedom Square

The occupation across from the Chicago Police Department’s “black site” at Homan Square was always about a great deal more than protesting police misbehavior and the absence of any effective accountability. It was something of an anarchist project, a political Woodstock if you’re a geezer of a certain age, and it didn’t quite work out. The #LetUsBreathe Collective, in announcing the end of their occupation, provides a frank appraisal.

DSA in the News compiled by Bob Roman

Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka in Chicago

Upcoming Events of Interest


New Ground 168.1 — 09.30.2016

0. DSA News

Talkin’ Socialism
DSA in the News
Socialist International
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1. Politics

Make Illinois Tuition-Free
Tenants’ Bill of Rights
ISDS
Solidarity
Dr. David Gill
Why is Puerto Rican Oscar López Still a Political Prisoner?

2. Ars Politica

The Lively Politics of 1930s Art

3. People

Ron Baiman
William Pelz
Margaret Power

4. Democratic Socialism

White Trash, Hillbillies, and Middle-Class Stereotypes

5. Upcoming Events of Interest