Episode 65, recorded June 16, 2016. On June 28, 2009, the Honduran military exiled the democratically elected President of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya. On March 2, 2016, Berta Cáceres, a leader in the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, was assassinated. The proximate cause was her leadership in the campaign to prevent the damming of the Gualcarque River, but Gualcarque dam was but a part of nationwide corporate resource extraction project that has earmarked almost 30% of the country’s land for mining concessions and the construction of hundreds of dams to power them.
In this episode of Talkin’ Socialism, Chicago DSA’s Tom Broderick is in conversation with Victoria Cervantes (La Voz de los Abajo) and Celeste Larkin (Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America) about these developments in Honduras and the solidarity campaigns for human rights in Honduras and for justice for Berta Cáceres.
Socialist Reading Group
Chicago DSA’s Socialist Reading Group will be meeting Saturday, July 9, 2 PM at the Chicago DSA office. The reading this month is the first three chapters from From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation. MORE INFORMATION.
DSA in the News
Paul Kengor asserts socialism is a rebellion against God, using DSA as an exhibit, at The Stream.
The Peoples Summit was the occasion for David Weigel to mention DSA at The Washington Post. Renee Nal decided to attend The Peoples Summit, pretending to be a communist, and found that it was organized by DSA and they’re all communists, at Examiner! Dan La Botz’ account of The Peoples Summit at New Politics included DSA. At Yes Magazine, Rosemary Lane’s account of The Peoples Summit included a DSA mention. The Sanders campaign, The Peoples Summit, and groups like DSA are mostly useless unless they organize a new party (or join the Green Party), opined Glenn Ford at Black Agenda Report. ACTTV (a left-wing video propaganda site) interviewed a DSA member at The Peoples Summit. (They interviewed more than one DSAer but only “Roger” was identified as such.) Kshama Sawant mentioned DSA in passing in connection with The Peoples Summit at Counterpunch as did Rose Ann DeMoro at The Huffington Post. Chicago DSA member Vince Hardt wrote up The Peoples Summit for Occupy.com.
Valerie Gonzalez quoted DSA member Gerard Lynch in her coverage of the Texas Democratic convention at KGNS TV.
Gabe Carroll explains the U.S. Left, including DSA, to readers of The Hindu.
Bob Rinearson conjures the shades of the 1968 DNC in Chicago, mentioning DSA as part of his spell, in discussing the upcoming Republican National Convention at the Fort Wayne News~Sentinel.
The People’s Summit among DSA chapters: The Young Democratic Socialists had a brief account at The Activist. At Metro Atlanta DSA, Barbara Joye provided a summary account, with photos, and there are short videos of presentations at their Facebook page. Rand Wilson at Boston DSA provided a brief account.
Rauner’s Road to Perdition
You weren’t able to attend the 58th Debs — Thomas — Harrington Dinner? You missed a great event. While it’s not as good as having been there, the audio record of the 2016 Dinner is now posted on the web. You can listen to the speakers at the event’s web page HERE.
From Sanders to the Grassroots
“From Sanders to the Grassroots: Continuing the Political Revolution Among the Student Left” is a unique conference bringing together the Young Democratic Socialists and the College Students for Bernie. With millennials more open to democratic socialism than any other youth generation, these two groups are collaborating to best unite new progressive energy growing on campuses. Learn more here on the conference page of “From Sanders to the Grassroots.”
The conference will be held on August 5 through August 7 at the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. More information is available HERE.