Keith Ellison for DNC Chair
Adopted by DSA’s National Political Committee mid-December, the statement begins:
Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is proud to endorse Representative Keith Ellison for Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
Great change is needed within the Democratic Party. The DNC’s gross mishandling of the primary election between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton demonstrates the need for a reinvigorated party that appeals to working-class voters of all races, ethnicities and genders. Hillary Clinton’s electoral loss to the most unpopular candidate in history — Donald Trump — clearly highlights the urgency of change.
DSA in the News
compiled by Bob Roman
The United States needs a socialist movement and Ryan Cooper points at DSA at The Week. Ben Wolford interviews DSA National Director Maria Svart at Latterly. At KBOO, Bill Resnick interviews DSA’s Joe Schwartz for the “Old Mole Variety Hour.”
An account by Richard Moore of the Wisconsin November election re-count at Lakeland Times mentions DSA.
An event supporting Keith Ellison’s campaign to be DNC Chair got DSA a mention in an article by Steve Ahlquist at RI Future.
Andrew Stewart included DSA among the useless “progressive” bystanders at the murder of public education in Rhode Island at Counterpunch.
DSA was included in an article by Dan Arel about fighting Islamophobia at The New Arab (UK).
An article about District 13’s “movement house” in DC by Richard Marcil at Liberal America mentioned DSA.
Religion & Socialism
DSA’s Religion and Socialism Commission has an occasional podcast. Episode 2, just posted in December, is an interview with Laura Barrett, the new Executive Director of Interfaith Worker Justice, conducted by Jean Darling, Senior Pastor at the People’s Church of Chicago. It was recorded at the Chicago DSA office. Darling and Barrett discuss the work of Interfaith Worker Justice and future directions for the organization, available through SoundCloud and through the Apple iTunes Store (free!).
Revolution at the Crossroads
This Presidents’ Day weekend, the Young Democratic Socialists will gather for our annual winter conference in New York City titled Revolution at the Crossroads: Igniting the Socialist Resistance Against Trump. We did not choose the name lightly. In doing so, we call for leftists to collectively confront Trump and Trumpism at every possible opportunity. When a Trump administration attempts mass deportations of undocumented workers, when it attempts to register Muslims or roll back worker protections, when it attempts to take away reproductive, LGTBQ, civil, or any other rights, then we must militantly resist to prevent such measures.
To succeed, this must be explicitly socialist resistance. With liberalism having repeatedly shown itself incapable of combating the far right, it is now the time for socialists to openly declare our place in building the mass, multi-racial, and working class movement necessary for defeating the Trump administration. In this struggle, millennials will play an outsized role. That is why this conference comes at such a critical time — together we must create spaces for democratic and strategic discussion, spaces to gain organizing skills, and most importantly, spaces to form networks of young radicals for the future struggles ahead. These spaces will only come together if socialists come together. Join us this Presidents Weekend and help ignite the movement to defeat the Trump administration, continue the political revolution, and build the socialist alternative.