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Campaigning Against the TPP
Chicago DSA (which is to say, Tom Broderick mostly but not exclusively) has been accumulating postcards signed by passers-by at various fairs (including CDSA’s table at the Bughouse Square Debates) that express opposition to Congress approving the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement. While it’s true that both Clinton and Trump oppose approval, that simply means the mostly likely time for approval will be during the post-election lame duck meetings of Congress. Don’t think it can’t happen.
The card collection phase is largely over. Broderick is now organizing meetings with staff at Representatives’ District Offices (plus local offices of Senators Kirk and Durbin) to hand over the signed card and to reinforce their message. If you’d like to be a member of a delegation, give Tom Broderick a call at 708.386.6007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Continuing the Political Revolution
Statement adopted by DSA’s National Political Committee begins:
Democratic Socialists of America believes that the Left must balance two crucial tasks in the November 2016 elections. On the one hand, the progressive movement must roundly defeat Donald Trump’s racist, nativist, Islamophobic and misogynist presidential campaign, as well as isolate and delegitimize the far-right hate groups that his campaign has strengthened. On the other hand, the Left must sustain and expand the independent electoral and social movement capacity built by the insurgent Sanders campaign, while broadening it out in an explicitly antiracist and multiracial direction. Thus, through November, DSA will prioritize two goals:
- Building an independent “Dump Trump” movement, primarily in swing states where we have the capacity to make an impact, and
- Developing local multiracial coalitions and campaigns that can build independent socialist organizing capacity and challenge neoliberal, pro-corporate Democrats in November.
Towards an Anti-Racist Socialism
Adopted at the Summer, 2016, Young Democratic Socialists conference:
Historically, the United States has played out the most systematically capitalist and imperialist form of oppression to prevent the liberation of the vast majority of people. From the Atlantic Slave Trade to Mass Incarceration, From the Trail of Tears to the continuous migration from the Global South, from the taking away of lands to the denouncement that people of color can never think on their own, the United States has always engaged in some of the most horrifying systematic forms of dehumanization against the working poor, but more specifically people of color. To shift the politics of this country, by definition we must engage in anti-racist struggles. Young Democratic Socialists should engage in building anti-racist politics not merely because in the upcoming years the United States will transform into a country where the majority of people are people of color, but because it is the ethical politics to engage in.
DSA in the News
compiled by Bob Roman
Tristan Rader included DSA in a “what-I-saw-of-the-DNC” article at Lakewood Observer. DSA was used as an identifier in Christopher Hass’ nomination postmortem at In These Times. Ryan Cooper made DSA a part of his discussion of post-convention election politics at The Week. Jake Johnson revisited the War on Poverty and, linking it to the DNC, mentioned DSA at Common Dreams. DSA also comes up (towards the end) on episode 5 of NBC’s campaign trail podcast “The Trail Tapes” where Jake Heller interviewed Brian Nowak of Buffalo DSA. (There’s a video version & an audio version; the video is the better, and more emphatically DSA, if you’re time-challenged.)
In an essay that’s odd even for Counterpunch, Andrew Stewart mentioned DSA in passing.
Nicole Contosta mentioned DSA in passing in an account of the Jill Stein campaign at University City Review.
DSA was mentioned in passing in “Unofficial Orientation Series 2016: Rage Update” at Wesleying.
For those saturated in right-wing web propaganda, the mere mention of “DSA” suffices, thus Charles Boyd at Lakeland Times.
Bernie is launching his new organization, Our Revolution, to keep his vision for a political revolution in the U.S. alive. The City of Chicago branch of Chicago DSA wants to play its part! Join our watch party as we help go forward. Refreshments and snacks will be available: Wednesday, August 24, 7:30 PM to 10 PM at the Chicago DSA office, 3411 W. Diversity, Ste 7, Chicago, IL 60647. REGISTRATION. MORE INFORMATION.