Episode 59 — Reproductive Justice — Recorded December 12, 2015. Chicago DSA’s Peg Strobel interviews three activists from the Chicago Abortion Fund (CAF): Brittany Mostiller-Keith, the Fund’s Executive Director, and CAF board members Lindsay Budzinski and Sekile Nzinga-Johnson. They discuss the history of the CAF, how it operates, and most especially the concept of Reproductive Justice, including ongoing efforts to repeal the notorious “Hyde Amendment” that prohibits any Federal funding of abortion. The proposed legislation, HR 2972 sponsored by Representative Barbara Lee of California, would insure abortion coverage under Medicaid and other insurance programs.
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In Solidarity with Worker Centers in China
A new statement by the DSA National Political Committee notes:
Local political authorities in the Guangdong Province of China have launched a wave of repression against worker centers, their staff and activists. These small NGOs have played a significant role in assisting internal migrant workers to exercise their basic rights, to fight for wages and social benefits to which they are legally entitled. For example, the Panyu Migrant Workers Service Center in an industrial district of the city of Guangzhou assisted workers at the Taiwanese-owned Lide shoe factory to receive the compensation and social insurance in arrears they were owed when their factory was relocated. The Panyu Center also assisted forty local sanitation workers obtain legally required severance pay from their former cleaning contractor and to sign new contracts with the new contractor.
Now the director of the Panyu Center, Zeng Feiyang, and one of its key worker activists Zhu Xiaomei have been arrested and placed under criminal detention on charges of “disrupting public order.” Zhu Xiaomei, who played a leading role in assisting the Lide Shoe and sanitation workers, has even been separated from the one-year-old daughter that she was breastfeeding. Several other staff and activists from four worker centers remain in detention, held incommunicado and refused their right to see lawyers.
DSA in the News
At Counterpunch, Ben Burgis used DSA as a resource for clearing up a right-wing misconception about socialism.
Stopped for a man-on-the-street interview by the Chicago Tribune’s Oak Leaves, Tom Broderick mentions DSA.