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.


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.

171-2 DSA in the News

compiled by Bob Roman

There continues to be a celebrity (famous for being famous) element to the news media coverage of DSA in this report but the fact is: DSA is involved in a lot of interesting stuff at all levels of politics. News coverage is beginning to be more reflective of this. DSA’s involvement in local elections has gathered more coverage than it probably deserves. On the other hand, DSA’s involvement in the People’s Climate March didn’t seem to get much attention outside of right-wing blogs. May Day brought out the scribes, understandably, including the dedication of the honorary Lucy Gonzalez Parsons Way. Yet considering how DSA has de-emphasized campus organizing, we’ve continued to get considerable coverage of YDS campus actions. There are more than five dozen links in this late April report.

In These Times featured a conversation between Chris Maisano and Jessie Mannisto about socialism and electoral politics. Daniel Marans noted the election victories of DSA members khalid kamau in South Fulton, Georgia, and Dylan Parker in Rock Island, Illinois, at The Huffington Post. Mike Elk at Pay Day Report profiled a number of labor-oriented local election campaigns around the south, including DSA’s role with khalid kamau. Heidi Groover’s “SLOG” column at The Stranger noted khalid kamau’s victory and DSA. John Nichols wrote up DSA’s role in elections at The Nation. Attempting granularity, Jimmy Tobias at The Nation began a monthly survey of urban resistance to Trumpism that included DSA member Dylan Parker’s election win in Rock Island. Fox21 (KQDS) carried a report by Lena Takada on the city council candidate screening Duluth DSA is a part of. A brief report on the same was carried by Lyanne Valdez at WBNG.

Dev Thimmisetty wrote about UTD students and recent grads involved in electoral politics at The Mercury, and DSA got a mention. At the UT Daily Beacon, Libby Dayhuff reported on a panel discussion on electoral politics with panelists from YDS and DSA.

Bernie Sanders is a miserable sell-out in the DSA tradition, sez Andrew Stewart at Counterpunch then Andrew Stewart goes on about it, so there. Is DSA the future of the left? Looks like it, opines Nathan Newman at The Huffington Post. At Mother Jones, Tim Murphy agrees that socialism and DSA are cool. Again. Thank you, Trump. Claire Levenson agrees at the French edition of Slate. More than resistance, DSA gives people something to believe in, according to Jake Johnson at Paste Magazine. Josh Delk and Paul Kengor at The American Spectator can’t believe it, however: It’s all Trumped up. DSA got a mention in New York Magazine’s “Beyond Alt: Understanding the New Far Right” (there’s also an “alt-left”.) Thom Hartmann interviewed DSA’s Ryan Mosgrove.

Seattle Weekly put together a guide to Seattle’s new left; DSA did get a mention. A broad national look at the anti-Trump movement by Peter Dreier at The American Prospect included a paragraph about DSA.

Talon Delaney covered a debate between YDS and Turning Point USA at Iowa State Daily. There was another debate between YDS and Turning Point USA at Georgetown University, covered by Nicholas Elliot at Georgetown Review.

Frankie Benitez profiled the University of Oregon YDS chapter at The Daily Emerald. YDS had a couple of paragraphs and photos in Nina Sheridan’s report on an Activities Fair at The Princetonian. Samantha Friskey used DSA as an identifier in covering a “join the resistance” panel  at The Daily Pennsylvanian. Dave Huber excerpted and commented on that article at The College Fix.

The Daily Emerald carried a report by Francisca Benitez on an upcoming die-in protesting war in Syria wherein YDS got a mention. The die-in was covered with YDS as the organizers by Brady Wakayama at KEZI.

The Princetonian posted a letter from the university chapter of YDS demanding specific changes in the way university employees are treated. The letter was followed up by a march and rally organized by YDS, reported Claire Thornton at The Princetonian. The demonstration got written up by Francesca Billington at Princeton Alumni Weekly. The Chattanoogan quoted UTC YDS leader Ellie Newell with regard to outsourcing work done by university employees. Michelle at Wesleying mentioned YDS as one of the primary organizers of a hunger strike in protest against management stalling in contract negotiations with Yale graduate students.

DSA made it into the photo caption in an article about the affordable housing crisis in California by Michael Mott at Sacramento News & Review. DSA was a member of a coalition protesting Trump housing cuts according to Black Star News.

At The Atlantic, Robinson Meyer noted DSA’s participation in the “big tent” strategy of the Climate March.

DSA was mentioned in passing in an essay about the relevance of May Day by Dave Anderson at Boulder Weekly. Natasha Abner’s preview of the upcoming May Day “Day without Immigrants” in Newark included DSA among the sponsors at Atlantic Highlands Herald. Chicago DSA put out a press release, picked up at eNews Park Forest, but Miles Kampf-Lassin at The Chicago Reader also included Chicago DSA among the groups participating in Chicago’s May Day. YDS is among the organizations bringing May Day to the University of Maryland, reported Leah Brennan at The Diamondback. Leah Brennan at The Diamondback also covered the resulting demonstration. Emma Whitford at The Gothamist surveyed upcoming May Day demonstrations in New York, including one planned by DSA in support of B&H employees. Westword included a DSA event in its survey of May Day events as did KDVR. DSA was among the organizations in the upcoming May Day march Las Vegas, according to KTNV. Fifi Abdul-Malik mentioned DSA in an essay explaining May Day at The Ghana Guardian. Linda Cook at Quad Cities Times used a DSA meeting to explain May Day. Alex Stone at ABC radio news mentioned DSA in his coverage of U.S. observances of May Day, as in this example at WRTA. Rachel Kurzius quoted a DSA member in coverage of Washington’s May Day march at DCist. Patrick Strickland gave DSA several paragraphs in coverage of May Day events across the U.S. at Al Jazeera. DSA’s Ryan Mosgrove was quoted in a report on May Day carried by KVRR. Taylor Polson mentioned DSA in an account of the local May Day demonstration at Honolulu Star Advertiser. An account of the Los Angeles May Day appeared as an editorial at The Independent (UK). DSA got several mentions in Nick Pinto’s May Day account at The Village Voice.

Mina Bloom at DNAinfo reported that Leonard Pierce represented DSA at the official unveiling of an honorary “Lucy Gonzalez Parsons Way” along Kedzie from Emmett to Addison in Chicago.

Josh Nathan-Kazis covered a May Day strike at B&H Photo Video’s warehouse for The Forward, noting DSA’s supportive participation.

A protest in support of immigrant rights disrupted an education conference, gaining applause from conference participants and DSA a mention in a report by Ryan Leou at Daily Bruin.

Anna Merriman at nj.com reported on YDS’ participation in an anti-hate speech rally at Princeton University. YDS got a mention in a Richmond Times-Dispatch regarding Cornell University and free speech.

Sarah Jaffe’s interview with Renata Pumarol at In These Times mentioned DSA.

Sam Adler-Bell mentioned DSA in passing in a review of Smucker’s “Hegemony How-To” at New Republic.

For the Indivisible blog at Medium, Patrick Cochran wrote up a universal health care demonstration in Boston, listing DSA among the organizers.

DSA is pro-Russian, opined Henry Dykstal at The Lawrentian.

Dan McQuade mentioned DSA, in passing, in an anthology of pot jokes at Deadspin. DSA got a mention in Shaun Scott’s essay on comedy and politics at City Arts.

DSA got mentioned in Jonny Coleman’s account of LA’s Labor Choir at LA Weekly.

Kate Arnoff mentioned DSA in passing while engaging in schadenfreude over wealthy screw-ups at In These Times.

DSA was among the organizations at a press conference regarding a seriously dubious (gassing a 5 year old?) Birmingham, Alabama, police action, according to Michael Clark at WIAT. Carol Robinson at AL.COM also mentioned DSA in her account of the press conference. Mo Barnes mentioned DSA in his report on the incident at Rollingout. Laura Burnip wrote up the incident for The Sun (UK), mentioning DSA. Darla Guillen included a quote from Eric Hall in an account at Houston Chronicle. All this got some play among various bigot blogs, as you might expect.

171-1 DSA in the News

compiled by Bob Roman

The press seems to be getting over its fascination with the modest rise of socialism in America, or perhaps everyone with the least bit of interest in it has heard the story at least once. Thus we’re starting to see detail work, profiles of individuals and local organizations. This is actually an easy way down from DSA’s celebrity status. Some folks have a much harder time of it. It is nice, though, that if we’re involved in an issue today, we’re likely to be given at least a mention. That’s not something we could have expected two years ago. 28 links in this semi-monthly report:

DSA (and its members) was profiled by Kara Clark at Newest York. Ian Ringgenberg reported on organizing by the Twin Cities DSA chapter at Southside Pride. Pat Riehle at KKFI’s “Radio Active Magazine” interviewed four local members of DSA. Lilly Martinez profiled the Madison, Wisconsin, DSA chapter at The Badger Herald. Colt Shaw did a profile of the Philadelphia DSA chapter at Philadelphia Weekly.

Socialism (and DSA) rising, even here on this campus, observed Tori Falcon at North Texas Daily. There’s no place for secret money in campus elections, according to a YDS statement at The Lantern. (And a “why not?” reply HERE.)

Suddenly everyone is into roses, observed Jeff Ihaza at The Outline, giving DSA two paragraphs in an article not about politics.

Nick Margetis used DSA as part of an argument for national health insurance at JTNN Online. Rochester DSA was interviewed by Evan Dawson in connection with national health insurance at WXXI’s “Connections”.

YDS member Michael Curry was quoted by Maddie Biertempfel regarding grad student unionization at Penn State at The Daily Collegian. Telon Delany’s account of an anti-prison labor demonstration included a quote from YDS’ David Karayof at Iowa State Daily. This article got excerpted by a number of conservative campus-oriented publications: Awww, those pretty little snowflakes.

Stephanie Yuvienco covered a Stony Brook Muslim Student Association’s interfaith Jummah prayer and quoted YDS’ Stephen Hanna at The Statesman. YDS got quoted in an open letter by Ariana Quennan re: diversity to Hofstra’s Stuart Rabinowitz at The Hofstra Chronicle. Sanders was too easy on bigotry among Trump supporters, opined Anthony Rogers-Wright, citing DSA as a model at Medium.

YDS was mentioned in passing in a report on student government by Jessica Macey at The Scarlet.

Marc Torrence at Patch noted DSA as one of the organizers of a march against the Bedford-Union Armory deal in Brooklyn.

DSA was used as an identifier in a column by Tom Broderick denouncing the Trump budget at Wednesday Journal.

Lisa Hagen mentioned DSA among the organizers of the second People’s Summit at The Hill.

Francis Flisiuk included extensive quotes from DSA members in coverage of an anti-Gorsuch demonstration at The Portland Phoenix.

William Turton did the whole “organizer thing” on Daniel Hanley, including DSA buttons, at Gizmodo. DSA got a mention in Reeves Wiedeman’s profile of Brace Belden at New York Magazine. DSA was mentioned in passing in Jennifer Swann’s interview with Moshe Kasher at LA Weekly.

The Democratic Party needs to fix itself or else it’s DSA, opined Julianna Siemssen at The Tacoma Ledger. DSA Green Party candidate for NYC City Council Jabari Bisport was interviewed by Emma Whitford at Gothamist.

Lyle Jeremy Rubin mentioned DSA in an article about veterans, war and politics at New Labor Forum.

Greg Afinogenov mentioned DSA in a review of Peter Frase’s Four Futures and Wolfgang Streeck’s How Will Capitalism End? at N+1.

Debs-Thomas-Harrington Dinner

to Honor Larry Cohen and Adriana Alvarez

Keynote by Alderman Carlos Ramirez Rosa

by Bob Roman

The 2017 Eugene V. Debs – Norman Thomas – Michael Harrington Dinner will be held Friday, May 19, at the Crowne Plaza Chicago West Loop, Madison & Halsted, on Chicago’s near west side. This will be the 59th annual dinner. We have a great evening lined up, and you are invited to attend!

1981 Norman Thomas Eugene V. Debs Dinner
Italian labor leader and socialist Egidio Clemente (left) accepts the award from DSOC’s Carl Shier while the soon-to-be Chicago Mayor Harold Washington looks on at the 1981 Thomas – Debs Dinner. Photo by Syd Harris.

For those of you new to the movement, the Dinner is something of a Chicago institution that predates DSA. It began in 1958 under the auspices of the newly merged Socialist Party – Social Democratic Federation (SP-SDF) as Chicago’s Debs Day Dinner, much as Republicans had (and often still have) Lincoln dinners and Democrats likewise Jefferson – Jackson dinners. It quickly gained some success as a platform for notable speakers such as Sid Lens, Bayard Rustin, Chicago’s Leon Despres, James Farmer, Norman Thomas and Michael Harrington. After Norman Thomas died, the event became the Norman Thomas – Eugene V. Debs Dinner. In 1971, it became an awards dinner as well as a speaker’s platform. The SP-SDF fell apart and the event was taken over by Michael Harrington’s

Michael Harrington
Michael Harrington speaking at the 1986 Thomas – Debs Dinner. Photo by Syd Harris.

Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee. When they merged with the New American

Movement, it was taken over by the resulting Democratic Socialists of America. You can find more the history at chicagodsa.org/dthdin.html.

That was then. The theme for this year’s Dinner is, A Way Forward! There’s no doubt that most of what is decent about our country is in peril. But Trump’s failure to win the popular vote is a clear indication we can go beyond resistance, beyond stalemate to where democracy is victorious and we are on the path to social and economic justice. Our honorees, each in their own way, have made significant contributions to this fight for equality.

Larry Cohen

Larry Cohen may be familiar to you as being the recently “retired” President of the Communication Workers of America. CWA members have been willing to confront some truly gargantuan corporations, but Cohen’s contributions have not stopped there. He correctly judged the mood of insurgency in our country and was a leader in Labor for Bernie and he’s continued that struggle as Board Chair of Our Revolution. Cohen is the Chair of the Democracy Initiative, a coalition of national organizations confronting the corruption of our democracy by corporate money. And he’s a Senior Fellow at the Campaign for America’s Future. He’s also been serving as a rabble-rouser about town, grabbing the bullhorn by the mic in protest of the latest Trumpian outrage.

Adriana Alvarez

Adriana Alvarez may be less familiar to you. She is a rank-and-file leader in Fight for 15, a worker at McDonald’s who has been willing to be arrested in support of her fellow workers, opens her home for meetings and, in between raising a son, does what needs to be done in the grand left tradition of a “Janie Higgins”. Alvarez also serves as one of the public faces of the campaign for a $15 / hour minimum wage (and a union), representing that movement on the web, across the nation, and in countries as various as Canada, Brazil and the Vatican. In honoring Alvarez, we are also honoring a movement that, while in the process of exploring alternative organizing strategies, has already made a huge difference in the lives of those at the bottom of our economy.

Our featured speaker is Alderman Carlos Ramirez Rosa from Chicago’s 35th Ward. Rosa is one of Chicago’s crop of outstanding new leaders in the City Council. Rosa has confronted the problem of governing head on. He has not complacently waited for a movement to begin in his ward around election time. He has taken leadership in making one happen.

Please join us in honoring these two outstanding activists for they deserve your recognition as well as ours. I hope to see you there on Friday evening, May 19.

If you cannot attend or if money for politics is scarce, please consider getting a greeting or an ad in the Dinner Program Book. This is the truly cost-effective way of participating while publicly recognizing the work our honorees have done on behalf of the movement.

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