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Save the Date

The Democratic Socialists of America’s 2017 convention will be held in Chicago from August 3-6. We anticipate this to be DSA’s largest convention ever! DSA has more members than ever before and is now the third largest socialist organization in United States history. At this event, we’ll have interactive workshops, educational panels, resolution debates, elect a new national leadership, and much more!


Meet the New DSA

New Chicago DSA
L-R: Leonard Pierce, Clara Alcott, Ramsin Canon, Dele Balogun

Chicago DSA has staggered two year terms for its officers, but add in two vacancies among the officer positions and you have nearly a whole new crew selected at the June 17 membership convention. The meeting was held in the historic United Electrical Workers Hall at 37 S. Ashland in Chicago. Clara Alcott was elected female co-chair. Leonard Pierce was elected male co-chair. Hope Payton-Carrillo was elected secretary. Dele Balogun and Ramsin Canon will share the political education officer position (but only one vote). Peg Strobel remains as treasurer, that term ending next June.

The Executive Committee itself will be rather larger than that, with possibly as many as 14 representatives from the 3 branches in addition to the officers. This will make the Chicago DSA office not a particularly practical location for Executive Committee meetings.

Bob Roman will be taking a sabbatical from politics.

DSA in the News

compiled by Bob Roman

The “socialism is cool” and “American socialism, isn’t that remarkable” themes (in other words, DSA being famous for being famous) are finally subsiding though there are still a few instances. I’ve been waiting for it: This June has brought the first conservative media attack of any consequence on DSA as the Virginia shootings made left-wing terrorism plausible for the first time in decades. On the other hand, the People’s Summit and various off-year elections generated considerably more press for DSA, and equal to those two were a steady trickle of stories of local DSA actions on a variety of issues. It amounted to an impressive portfolio, especially since a few were wire service reports that were carried in a wide number of outlets. There are well over five dozen links in this report. CLICK HERE.


Net Neutrality Is Essential to Online Democracy

A statement by DSA’s National Political Committee, posted June 20, begins:

In May of this year, the Federal Communications Commission voted in favor of dismantling one of the fundamental tenets of an open Internet: net neutrality. Enacted in 2015, net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers (ISPs) should allow users equal access to all online content and applications regardless of the source. It classifies broadband as a utility, thus preventing providers such as Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T from accelerating traffic to preferred sites (that is, sites that pay extra, are affiliated with them, or that they find politically savory) or obstructing traffic to sites they deem unfavorable.


Rose Radio

Podcasts are all the rage. DSA is all the rage. Put them together, and you get: Rose Radio. The first episode is always free.

Solidarity Fund

Contribute to South Side CDSA’s “Solidarity Fund” and get two really cool buttons. CLICK HERE.

Anti-Act for America 2017
Chicago DSA members protest Act for America’s anti-Muslim demonstration, June 10, 2017.

172-1 DSA in the News

compiled by Bob Roman

The “socialism is cool” and “American socialism, isn’t that remarkable” themes (in other words, DSA being famous for being famous) are finally subsiding though there are still a few instances. I’ve been waiting for it: This June has brought the first conservative media attack of any consequence on DSA as the Virginia shootings made left-wing terrorism plausible for the first time in decades. On the other hand, the People’s Summit and various off-year elections generated considerably more press for DSA, and equal to those two were a steady trickle of stories of local DSA actions on a variety of issues. It amounted to an impressive portfolio, especially since a few were wire service reports that were carried in a wide number of outlets. There are well over five dozen links in this report.

At Mother Jones, Tim Murphy wrote a socialism = cool article, meaning DSA = cool. DSA’s growth was used as an argument in an article by Charles Lasswell at Time. DSA made it into Liza Featherstone’s “advice” essay at The Nation. A progressive wave, including DSA, is sweeping the country, said John Nichols at The Nation.

The story had been getting some play among right-wing blogs, but David Urbanski brought it to The Blaze: YDS advocates the guillotine for conservatives! I haven’t seen these folks have so much fun in a long time, not since “Obama is a socialist.” Clint Cooper eventually brought the story to the Times Free Press. Unfortunately, the story became coincident with the shootings in suburban Virginia. Julie Bykowicz then incorporated it a “climate of hate” essay at Associated Press. That AP article gave the University of Georgia an excuse to open proceedings against the YDS club according to Nate Harris at The Red & Black. That item made it into USA Today’s weekly summary of collegiate news. The story also made it into the local press at the Athens Banner-Herald by Lee Shearer. A follow-up article by Lee Shearer at the Athens Banner-Herald noted that any such investigation could easily infringe on free speech rights. Understandably, that aspect did not make it into Tom Ciccotta’s account at Breitbart nor in any of the multitude of ditto-head postings on various right-wing blog sites.

A “who is James Hodgkinson” item by Oliver Laughland at The Guardian included a quote from DSA’s Stuart Keating. A “political climate in the wake of the shootings” item at The Guardian by Ed Pilkington, Adam Gabbatt and Lois Beckett included a quote from YDS’ Hannah Zimmerman.

DSA got a passing mention as one of the organizers of the Peoples Summit by Adam Gabbatt at The Guardian. Chris Kenning’s Saturday coverage of the Peoples Summit at Reuters included mentions of DSA. Kim Bellware and Daniel Marans at the Huffington Post mentioned DSA in the context of the Peoples Summit, Sanders, Corbyn and more. Maria Svart was quoted in Gregory Krieg’s coverage of the Peoples Summit at CNN. Chris Kenning’s Sunday coverage at Reuters included two DSA mentions, and Charlie May quoted Reuters in mentioning DSA at Salon. Tim Murphy’s write-up of the Peoples Summit at Mother Jones included a few passing mentions of DSA. Andrew Breiner wrote a brief account of the event for Roll Call with a DSA mention. I don’t generally consider Daily Kos as “news” but “benny05” had a good account of DSA at the Peoples Summit. Kate Aronoff’s account of the Peoples Summit at In These Times mentioned DSA in connection with Alderman Carlos Ramirez Rosa. Lauren Niedel mentioned DSA in a Peoples Summit account at RI Future. Sarah Leonard mentioned DSA in her Sanders / Corbyn / Peoples Summit piece in The New York Times. Jacobin Radio’s Suzi Weissman had DSA National Director Maria Svart on to discuss the People’s Summit. It’s not clear whether it’s about the Peoples Summit or about Reality Leigh Winner, but DSA got a mention in Chuck Ross’ item at Daily Caller as we did in a Peoples Summit editorial at Anchorage Daily Planet.

Despite the many benefits of the Sanders campaign, including DSA among them, Sanders shouldn’t run for President again, opines Sarah Jones at New Republic.

An account of the recent British election got DSA a mention by Amber Enderton at Elk Grove News.net.

At The Washington Post, Gregory Schneider’s report on Virginia politics, focusing on the campaign of Ross Mittiga, gave DSA a passing mention. Michael Bragg noted DSA’s support for Mittiga at Daily Progress. Our Revolution’s intervention in the Massachusetts Democratic Party convention was covered by Theo Anderson at In These Times, using DSA as an identifier. Paul Frangipane’s account of a Brooklyn town hall for district attorney candidates included a quote from a DSA member at Brooklyn Daily Eagle. At Brooklyn Daily, Julianna Cuba noted NYC DSA endorsed Khader El-Yateem for District Council. At Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Paula Katinas profiled Council candidate Khader El-Yateem and DSA’s support for his campaign. Mark Chiusano at Newsday also noted NYC DSA’s re-entry into electoral politics with the El-Yateem campaign. Republican Bob Capano gave DSA some free publicity in denouncing our participation in the El-Yateem campaign, and Paula Katinas wrote it up for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Daniel Marans’ account of a campaign debate between Handel and Ossoff included a quote from DSA’s Milton Tambor at The Huffington Post. Bartolome Carpio’s account of that debate also included a quote from DSA’s Milton Tambor at HoyenTV. The same quote somehow appears at VouxMagazine by Alfred Griffith. Michael Sainato interviewed Minneapolis City Council candidate Ginger Jentzen wherein DSA got a few mentions at The Real News Network.

Jerry Iannelli mentioned DSA in passing at the Miami New Times in connection with county States Attorney Kathy Rundle’s political career.

At City Arts Magazine, Shaun Scott mentioned DSA a few times in an article about political culture, national and in Seattle.

Jared Ware’s examination of Redneck Revolt at Shadowproof included a mention of DSA.

Pittsburg has two Pride marches. Aldalberto Toledo’s coverage included quotes from DSA members at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The Associated Press’ Kristena Hansen covered a disruptive protest at the state legislature over anemic school funding in Oregon, including DSA’s participation. The accompanying photo featured DSA banners. Being AP, the account and photo got picked up by numerous entities. Paris Achen at the Portland Tribune covered the same demo, giving DSA a brief paragraph.

Jules Boykoff at The Guardian mentioned DSA and the NOlympics LA campaign in an essay pointing out the connection between the games and government spying. KCAL (CBS) noted DSA’s NOlympics LA campaign in an item about the prospects for the games in LA.

Jason Ruiz at Long Beach Post covered a protest of a developers’ conference, including a quote from DSA’s Andrew Guy and a photo filled with DSA signs. (You can find an account plus video at Barry Saks’ blog.)

Who is dominating the anti-Trump narrative, asks Michael Tracey at The New Republic, mentioning DSA in passing.

Leah Sottile’s coverage of Portland’s anti-hate demonstrations at The Washington Post included a quote from DSA’s Cari Luna.

The Roseville & Granite Bay Press Tribune coverage of anti-Sharia law and counter protest by Graham Womack included a mention of DSA.

DSA member and candidate for Brooklyn Council was quoted by Madina Toure in her account about a demo protesting the Philando Castile trial outcome at Observer.

DSA supported CWA in the AT&T strike according to a report by Ashley Pederson at Southside Pride.

DSA was used as an identifier in a piece about Irving Howe by Jake Offenhartz at Gothamist.

NYC DSA’s technical chops were on display in a piece by Tyler Woods at Technica.ly Brooklyn.

In assessing Trump’s first six months, Leslie Sarinana included a quote from DSA’s Gabriel Solis at The Prospector.

Rob Lorei at WMNF interviewed DSA members organizing a Ybor City chapter.

DSA is a member of a coalition that opposed Walmart coming to Boulder and celebrates its exit, according to Matt Nicodemus opining at the Daily Camera.

Tim Munier boosted DSA’s campaign for NY universal health care at Karma Brooklyn.

The campaign to make Troy, NY, a sanctuary community (and DSA) was satirized at The Albany Smudge.

The Hoi Polloi United

by Lenoard Pierce

The annual Debs-Thomas-Harrington Dinner is one of Chicago DSA’s oldest and most honored traditions, and it closed out its sixth decade in high style on Friday, May 19th, 2017.

2017 Debs-Thomas-Harrington Dinner
Photo by John Scott

Considering Chicago DSA’s rapid growth over the last year, the dinner was expected to be well-attended, and did not disappoint: the Crowne Plaza Chicago West Loop’s ballroom was filled up with previous attendees and newcomers, all eager to lend their support to our efforts in the coming year. In fact, “A Way Forward” was the theme of the 59th annual dinner, and our speakers and honorees all focused on the road ahead as food and drinks were served by the hotel’s union staff.

Adriana Alvarez and son
Adriana Alvarez and son;
photo by John Scott

As should be expected from an event commemorating the life of labor titan Eugene V. Debs, labor was one of the most crucial themes of the evening. After dinner, the DSA’s first honoree, Adriana Alvarez, was introduced by C.J. Hawking, a United Methodist pastor, executive director of Arise Chicago, and one of Oak Park’s most prominent faith-based labor organizers. The Rev. Hawking talked about Ms. Alvarez’s vital work organizing McDonald’s workers in the Fight for $15 movement and how she represents a critical new path in labor agitation for the new millennium.

Adriana Alvarez – with 5-year-old son Manny in tow! – then took the stage to accept her plaque, on behalf of and accompanied by a number of her McDonald’s co-workers. She spoke of her astonishment at being so honored and her surprise at finding herself travelling all over the world to represent some of society’s most marginalized workers, people often taken for granted in the new economy. Ms. Alvarez noted that the work was often degrading, dangerous, and subject to few protections, but focused on the many victories Fight for $15 has won since its inception and emphasized the vital role of solidarity in winning those victories.

Larry Cohen Clem Balanoff
Larry Cohen (L) and Clem Balanoff (R) Photo by John Scott

Clem Balanoff was the next up at the podium, introducing the DSA’s next honoree. Balanoff, a lifelong activist from a storied family of radical Chicagoans, described Larry Cohen as a man “bad at retirement”, who stepped away from a leadership position with the Communication Workers of America only to find himself chairing Bernie Sander’s campaign for Labor. Cohen accepted his plaque with verve and enthusiasm, reminding the audience that the CWA is still fighting battles every day (several attendees at the dinner had come directly from standing on CWA picket lines as they engaged in a three-day strike against AT&T). He stressed the importance of building movements, and of keeping the momentum of the Sanders movement going forward to build more just and democratic institutions in the Age of Trump.

Alderman Carlos Ramirez Rosa
Alderman Carlos Ramirez Rosa Photo by John Scott

The evening’s final speaker was Carlos Ramirez Rosa, the young alderman of Chicago’s 35th ward and a proud member of the Democratic Socialists of America. He charismatically addressed the room with a story of the opportunities afforded him by his immigrant parents, and how he was radicalized as a teenager by the migrant march in 2006 to protest the unfair deportation policies proposed by Republicans in Congress. Though he seemed like an unlikely candidate for government office, he challenged the Democratic machine and won an overwhelming victory to become the alderman of his native Logan Square. He reminded the crowd that while every action may seem like a tiny trickle of effort, they can combine into an unstoppable flood of justice.

Brandon Payton Carrillo and Ron Baiman
Brandon Payton Carrillo on guitar and Ron Baiman on fiddle lead the Dinner in “Solidarity Forever”; photo by John Scott

South Side DSA member Brandon Payton-Carrillo closed out the evening with a great rendition of “Solidarity Forever”. Many attendees stuck around afterwards to socialize, plan future actions and events, and consider the theme of the evening. DSA plans on being an integral part of the Way Forward to a post-Trump, post-capitalism America. See you all next year at the 60th annual Debs-Thomas-Harrington dinner!

2017 Debs - Thomas - Harrington Dinner
C.J. Hawking, Clem Balanoff, Larry Cohen, Adriana Alvarez and son, Patrick Winegar, and Alderman Carlos Ramirez Rosa. Photo by John Scott

Chicago DSA Mobilizes

by Bob Roman

It was just days before our annual Debs-Thomas-Harrington Dinner when we got an email from a DSA member on the staff of the Communication Workers of America. Union members at some AT&T divisions had been working without a contract for up to a year and wanted to end management stalling on negotiations. Another sore point was the frequent outsourcing of work to overseas call centers. To that end, they were declaring a three-day strike for that weekend. Could we help with the picket lines in Chicago?

This is where having working groups is a major asset. Patrick Winegar, coordinator of the labor working group in Chicago, sprang into action to have graphics, already prepared by DSA’s national office, turned into union printed posters. The original plan was to adopt a particular AT&T store for DSA’s attention, but most Chicago stores did not survive the strike: They were closed for the duration. Consequently strikers and DSA focused on those few that were open.

CWA AT&T strike in Oak Park
Greater Oak Park branch DSA members join CWA pickets.

Given the catch-as-catch-can nature of Facebook and email communications, Chicago DSA nonetheless mobilized dozens of members to spend at least a part of their weekend on the picket line. Our neighbors in the West Suburban Illinois DSA chapter also turned out in the ‘burbs.

Fight for 15, May 23, Chicago River
The signature photo for the May 23 Fight for 15 demonstration.

The next week brought Fight for 15’s annual attempt at talking sense to the McDonald’s corporation that was having its annual shareholders meeting at the McDonald’s campus out in Oak Brook on May 24. Fight for 15 always makes sure to have a vocal presence there. The day before, however, was a rally and march in Chicago to focus attention on the issue of a $15 / hour wage and union rights. The Chicago demonstration began at Daley Plaza, wandered up to Trump Tower, and ended at the Rock’n’Roll McDonald’s on North Clark Street.

Fight for 15, May 23, Chicago
Yep, that’s our banner in the background. Photo by SEIU Healthcare.

Banners! The folks at Fight for 15 wanted banners, the more representation the better. So we brought the Chicago DSA banner. Dozens of DSA members may have been at the demonstration, but the official Chicago DSA delegation ended up being only three of us toward the rear of the march. For all the cameras, I wasn’t able to find any suitable photos. The Pilsen Alliance Facebook page, however, has a video that captures several glimpses of a sodden Aaron Dellutri, Bob Roman, Frank Smith and the DSA banner.

DSA in the News

compiled by Bob Roman

Ellot Nelson wrote a “socialism is hot” article for The Huffington Post, focusing on DSA, accompanied by a Now This video about DSA. The article got a fair number of quick echoes on other sites. Socialism? It’s not just Bernie, observed Conor Lynch at Salon, but DSA and a lot more. And of course there’s Sam Speedy, the rose emoji and DSA at Mashable. The prospect of a Phoenix DSA chapter was the lead-in for a DSA profile by Christopher Silavong at Arizona PBS’ Cronkite News. (That report got picked up by a number of Arizona media sites.) DSA’s growth was used as a prop in an argument by Nathaniel Owen at Progressive Army. Sarah Leonard also used DSA as a prop in her argument with Tim Shenk at Dissent.

Tyler Hawn wrote a brief item for CBS19 in Charlottesville about Ross Mittiga running for Virginia’s House of Delegates with “the support of the Democratic Socialists of America…”. Heidi Groover’s coverage of the upcoming municipal elections in Seattle included DSA at the Stranger. Steven Hsieh mentioned DSA in passing in covering Nikkita Oliver’s campaign for Mayor of Seattle at the Stranger. Ryan Deto at Pittsburgh City Paper included DSA’s endorsements in coverage of the primary elections results in Allegheny County. In Philadelphia, Larry Krasner’s campaign for the district attorney nomination got DSA a passing mention from Justin Thomas at WRNB as it did from Kim Bellware at The Huffington Post. Ben Jacobs at The Guardian noted the presence of a DSA t-shirt at a rally for Rob Quist, candidate for Congress in Montana. Michael Tracey interviewed Rob Quist supporters prior to the Montana election, including a discussion with Ben Hahn about DSA in Montana at TYT. That interview was mentioned (along with DSA) by Jasper Craven in a write up about Sanders and the Quist campaign at VT Digger. At Seattle Patch, Neal McNamara’s interview with Seattle mayorial candidate Cary Moon included a mention of a DSA candidate survey. Shaun Scott at City Arts also mentioned the DSA candidate survey. Seattle mayoral candidate Nikkita Oliver was endorsed by DSA, according to Neal McNamara at Seattle Patch. At Bham Now, JH Daniel noted candidate Robin Rains’ DSA affiliation in coverage of the Birmingham City Council 4th District race.

A town hall meeting intended to educate Pittsburgh Congressman Dom Acosta, a Democrat, got DSA a mention in a report by Sarah Anne Hughes at The Incline.

The Telegraph-Herald carried a press release from Dubuque DSA about an upcoming Medicare for All rally. Jessica Reilly’s coverage of the rally at the Telegraph-Herald is behind a pay-wall. KMEG had a brief item of a Medicare for All rally in Sioux City, Iowa, organized by DSA and ADA. Theo Anderson’s essay on the cross-partisan appeal of national health insurance featured quotes from Trump supporters and DSA activists at In These Times. Kaitlyn Greenidge interviewed Stephanie Kollgaard and Nichole Van Beek about the campaign for a single-payer health insurance in New York, including a mention of DSA’s work, for Lenny Letter. David Colon at Gothamist also mentioned DSA’s involvement in the campaign for universal healthcare in New York.

DSA was not in Nadia Prupis’ essay on Trump’s proposed budget at Common Dreams, but a DSA protest was the illustrating photo.

eNews Park Forest carried a press release re: People’s Summit that mentioned DSA. A Charlottesville People’s Summit is organized by DSA, among others, according to a press release at Augusta Free Press and a brief notice at The Daily Progress.

David Wharton at the Los Angeles Times noted DSA’s NOlympics LA coalition is growing, albeit small potatoes from a mainstream politics perspective. Clara Herzberg gave DSA a mention in her account of NOlympics LA at Truth-Out. (DSA and the NOlympics LA campaign actually got a favorable mention from the conservative blog American Thinker.) The NOlympics LA coalition staged its first public protest, covered by David Wharton at Los Angeles Times, who also mentioned DSA.

Los Angeles Times reporters Matt Hamilton and Richard Winton report that ICE had arrested DSA member Claudia Rueda in what appears to be retaliation immigrant rights activism and for advocacy on behalf of her mother. Jessica McBride relied heavily on a Los Angeles DSA press release in her coverage of the issue at Heavy. “Assemblyman” Tim Donnelly got into the Rueda act at Breitbart. Julia Wick covered a protest on Rueda’s behalf at LAist, including DSA’s statement. Boyle Heights Beat also covered the Rueda arrest, referencing DSA’s statement. Araceli Cruz wrote up the arrest for mitu.

At Shadowproof, Roqayah Chamseddine mentioned DSA in an essay about the fallacy of ‘good immigrants’ vs. ‘bad immigrants.’ Sonseeahray Tonsall at KTXL Fox40 noted a DSA demonstration in support of two construction workers detained by ICE. DSA is a part of the effort to make Troy, NY, a sanctuary community, according to Kenneth C. Crowe II at Times-Union. DSA was also listed in Mark Robarge’s account at the Troy Record of the Troy, NY, demonstration.

DSA was mentioned in Scott Thomas Anderson’s coverage at Sacramento News & Review of the campaign for rent control in Sacramento.

Emma Whitford at Gothamist mentioned DSA in connection with the latest developments in the Bedford-Union Armory controversy. Patrick Kearns at Brooklyn Downtown Star mentioned DSA in connection with the Bedford-Union Armory story.

Casey Quinlan at The Establishment opines that DSA is pretty open for women, compared to much of the rest of the left. George Zornick’s coverage of Center for American Progress’ elite “Ideas Conference” included a by-way-of-contrast mention of DSA at The Nation.

Elizabeth Comiskey at The Torch wrote up DSA’s Twitter campaign against budget cuts at Lane Community College. A KVAL report mentioned DSA’s participation in a protest against University of Oregon’s 10.6% tuition hike. The accompanying photo gallery and online version of the broadcast included glimpses of a YDS banner. Brady Wakayama at KEZI gave YDS explicit credit for organizing the protest.

A progressive income tax for Seattle? DSA was mentioned as one of the instigators at KIRO7.

Samantha Matsumoto quoted DSA’s Cari Luna in her coverage of planned Portland anti-hate demonstrations at The Oregonian.

Jacob Tutterow interviewed DSA’s Milton Tambor in an article for The Chant.

DSA got a passing mention by Nagisa Tsukada at The Inquirer. We also got a passing mention from Virginia Alvino Young at WESA.

A write-up by David E.Y. Sarna of a lecture by Ruth R. Wisse got DSA a bemused mention at Jewish Link of New Jersey.

Matt Butler mentioned DSA in passing in a history of urban sprawl in Tompkins County at ithaca.com. Taylor Fogarty noted the Left Forum’s DSA roots at The Federalist.

171-3 DSA in the News

compiled by Bob Roman

It looks like the story about DSA’s rapid growth is finally becoming yesterday’s news. Instead, we’re beginning to see scattered accounts of DSA’s activities. The two most notable involved the Republican attempt to “repeal and replace” Obamacare and Los Angeles DSA’s campaign against Los Angeles’ bid for the 2024 Olympic Games. There are 26 links in this report.

At Vice, Eve Peyser noted that Hillary Clinton is forming a new PAC, no thanks, and provided a list of alternative places to put your money, including DSA. Jeff Stein’s article at Vox was about the money fallout from the AHCA vote, but he included a picket line quote from DSA member John Leo. DSA’s Deputy Director David Duhalde got a quote in Gideon Resnick’s coverage of Trumpcare at The Daily Beast. Jenny Dream gave DSA credit for being among the organizers of a protest of U.S. Representative John Culberson’s vote in favor of the Obamacare repeal at The Houston Chronicle.

John Nichols gave DSA a passing mention in an account of Chokwe Antar Lumumba’s primary victory at The Nation. DSA also got a mention in Daniel Marans’ account of Chokwe Antar’s nomination at The Huffington Post. Gloria Tatum at Atlanta Progressive News noted DSA’s involvement in electing khalid kamau.

Jacobin organized a forum of its editors about Trump’s first 103 days wherein DSA’s growth got a passing mention. DSA’s growth also got a mention in Daniel Denvir’s interview with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor at Jacobin.

It looks like I missed it in the previous report, but Michael Edison Hayden mentioned DSA in a pre-May Day round-up of demonstrations at ABC News.

Marcia Brown provided further coverage at The Princetonian of YDS of Princeton University’s protest of university treatment of staff.

Jessica Li at The Tab reported on a out-of-hand party at Princeton, giving YDS a mention.

At Inside Higher Education, Jeremy Bauer-Wolf’s account of conservative tactics on campus gave YDS a mention.

At the Los Angeles Times, David Wharton gave DSA primary credit for the start of organized opposition to the Los Angeles’ bid for the 2024 Olympics, as do Dave Zirin and Jules Boykoff at The Nation. Aaron Gordon at Vice interviewed two of the organizers of the Olympic-bid opposition and DSA was a part of the discussion. Travis Waldron wrote up the story for The Huffington Post; Hillel Aron wrote up the story for LA Weekly. Josh Criswell reported the story for KLAC AM 570; Nick Butler wrote up the story for Inside the Games. All those accounts featured DSA and to one degree or another used DSA as an argument for the Olympic Games or against them. For Adam Nagourney at The New York Times concedes there’s opposition to the games, started by DSA.

Mark Chiusano gave DSA a brief mention in noting the level of political activism in Brooklyn at Newsday.

DSA helped sponsor the creation of a Immigrant Bail Fund, reported Lucy Gellman at New Haven Independent.

Is he really into you, is he just a friend, or is he recruiting you for DSA? Mara Wilson offers guidance at Reductress.

Andrew Miller at The Trumpet is upset that California is repealing its ban on employing Communists, mentioning DSA by way of illustrating just how dangerous this is.

Jacque Medina at Bushwick Daily boosted the second Paid Protest comedy show, this one benefiting DSA.

171-3 DSA News

Trumpcare Must Not Pass the Senate
A May 5, 2017, statement by DSA’s National Political Committee notes:

DSA will work to pressure Senators to reject the House bill and to refuse to pass a substitute bill that would overturn the ACA, as DSA realizes that the ACA imperfectly expands health care coverage to millions. But given the inefficiency and vulnerability of the ACA, DSA will also redouble our efforts to create state single-payer systems (i.e., state-level versions of “Medicare for All”) wherever possible, particularly in blue states, including California, New York, New Jersey and Minnesota. We will join with others to build a mass movement for “Medicare for All,” a movement capable of electing those truly committed to “health care for all” to state legislatures and Congress.


Labor 101
On Saturday, May 13, the Labor Working Group organized a “Labor 101” seminar at the United Electrical Workers hall for members and friends who’ve not been a member of a union or have had little direct contact with unions. The 100 minute event was live-streamed on Facebook, but you can still watch the event:

Democratic Socialism 101
On Sunday, May 7, Chicago DSA held another introduction to democratic socialism workshop at the Homewood Public Library in southern Cook County. Compared to the first, held on Chicago’s near west side, it was lightly attended, but it was accompanied by a fair amount of free publicity. Thanks to Bob Reilly for hosting this event. Now there is talk of organizing a fourth Chicago DSA branch in south suburban Cook County.

Q&A with Will Guzzardi
On Wednesday, May 3, the Northside Chicago Branch CDSA hosted State Representative Will Guzzardi at the Bucktown – Wicker Park library for a discussion of electoral politics in Chicago and the Illinois General Assembly, including the unfortunate role that money plays in being a candidate.

Canvassing for an Elected School Board
DSA helped organize a canvass of voters in Senator John Cullerton’s district in favor of legislation establishing an elected school board for Chicago. Cullerton is not in favor of this legislation, and as President of the Illinois Senate, his opinion counts for a great deal. Nearly three dozen turned out to do this work, contacting several hundred of his constituents. You can follow up by calling his office at 773.883.0770 to let him know your opinion.