25 | 08 | 2019

Yesterday democratic socialists fought and won inspiring election campaigns across the country, representing the rebirth of the American socialist movement after generations in retreat.Most significantly, DSA members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York and Rashida Tlaib in Michigan were officially elected as members of Congress, and Summer Lee, Gabriel Acevero, Mike Sylvester and many other DSA supported candidates won inspiring victories at the helm of a working-class movement for social justice. These victories for a resurgent Left are only the beginning — the real work of transforming ours into a equal, humane, and just society will take many years of organizing and educating. The obstacles we face are still enormous.

Statement on La Caravana by the editorial team of PSL's Breaking the Chains magazine

The editorial team of "Breaking the Chains" magazine, a socialist women's magazine produced by the PSL issued a statement about the migrant caravan that is heading towards the U.S.

The statement pointed to the role the U.S. imperialism played in creating the adverse conditions that caused the displacement of thousands of people in Central America: "Imperialist pursuits such as the U.S. backed and supported coup in Honduras, in 2009 ousted the democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya,  leading to the destabilization of the government in Honduras and creating an atmosphere where organized crime, violence and poverty took root.  U.S. political interventions, military coups, resource exploitation, and policies of economic neoliberalism have only served to further destabilize the entire region of Central America which has created a climate where paramilitary-backed drug cartels have been able to thrive".

At first, I wasn’t sure about the metaphor and was afraid that it would turn into a psychological theory that is sometimes used to further the “colorblind racism” that he exposes later in the article.  But my fears were unfounded: Lopez is pretty clear that structural or institutional racism is the more significant problem.

Race and Economic Jeopardy for All,  was published by the AFL-CIO in January, 2016, six months into Trump’s campaign, but before his nomination by the GOP.  The analysis in Lopez’s article is an very deliberate way to get discussion going and help people analyze the political discourse they hear around them in this election period, preparing union members to be critical consumers of election discourse.  If you’re aware of the concept of “dog whistle politics,” and you hear Ron DeSantis saying that Floridians should not “monkey with” the way the GOP has run things in that state, it’s recognizable for what it is.   Another example in my state of Ohio, is Mike DeWine, the GOP candidate for governor, accusing Richard Cordray of discrimination against women (one of those stock deflection moves of the GOP that López calls the kick).

The WFTU, which is the militant voice of 95 million workers in 130 countries all over the world, expresses its strong rejection before the decision of the American President, D. Trump, to authorize this Thursday the border security troops to shoot against the migrant’s caravan of Central America.

At the same time, the North American mandatory has announced the creation of a legal mechanism in order to avoid the assignment of asylum for the wayfarers of Honduras and El Salvador and, at the same time, it will promote the creation of camps in different spots at the borders with Mexico.

One of the most frequent questions we get involves our electoral strategy.  Why do we encourage our members to get involved in electoral work?  And why for Democrats?  Election Day is less than a week away, so here are our answers to some of the most common questions. 

Why do you support Democrats?

“Communists,” wrote Marx and Engels, “have no interests apart from those of the whole working class.” CPUSA is an independent revolutionary party of the working class, for the working class. Our entire program is based on advancing workers’ interests, both immediately (by defeating the Trump-GOP regime) and definitively (by building the unity and organization needed for a revolutionary transformation of society).  Both of those goals require getting involved in electoral struggles, including around candidates who don’t share many of our goals.

DSA condemns the attack by the Trump administration on the rights of transgender and genderqueer people. A recent memo proposing to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX presents another threat by this administration to repeal the rights of people in the LGBTQIA+ communities. The memo from the Department of Health and Human Services would force government agencies to comply with a definition of gender expressed on a “biological basis.”

DSA stands in solidarity with the current Central American caravan on an exodus to the United States. As a result of U.S. intervention and imperialism, political turmoil in Honduras and Nicaragua, and capitalist-driven environmental destruction in Guatemala and El Salvador, migrants have been forced to either flee or stay in a capitalist-made laboratory of violence.

The Trump administration is mounting a fear campaign in an attempt to win the November Congressional election, grow the nativist movement in the country, and legitimate the further militarization of Mexico-U.S. border in order to normalize a narrative of war and violence. We denounce the deployment of 5,000 troops as the response to the caravan and Trump’s absurd declaration of intent to block citizenship for millions of children born in the U.S., a violation of the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Contrary to the recent Trump Administration statements accusing migrants of invading, the caravan reflects the agency of the international working class to find new homes to survive and thrive.

Democratic Socialists of America stands strongly in support of nearly 8,000 hotel workers of UNITE HERE on strike at Marriott for a fair and livable wage and safe working conditions. Marriott is the largest and wealthiest hotel company in the world, with more employees than Facebook, Microsoft, or Boeing. The company profits have increased 279% since the recession. UNITE HERE has been in contract negotiations with the company for many months in several cities. The various local unions went to their respective bargaining tables with one unifying principle: “One Job Should Be Enough.” This would soon become a rallying cry for the hotel workers who, like many others, often have to work second jobs simply to pay their bills.

UPDATE 11/9/2018: The strike is still on in Maui, Oahu, Boston, San Diego, San Jose, and San Francisco. Workers have reached a deal in Oakland and Detroit. You can find strike updates here. 

Democratic Socialists of America stands strongly in support of nearly 8,000 hotel workers of UNITE HERE on strike at Marriott for a fair and livable wage and safe working conditions. Marriott is the largest and wealthiest hotel company in the world, with more employees than Facebook, Microsoft, or Boeing. The company profits have increased 279% since the recession. UNITE HERE has been in contract negotiations with the company for many months in several cities. The various local unions went to their respective bargaining tables with one unifying principle: “One Job Should Be Enough.” This would soon become a rallying cry for the hotel workers who, like many others, often have to work second jobs simply to pay their bills.

A gunman shouting “all Jews must die” burst into a Pittsburgh synagogue during a circumcision ceremony on Saturday morning, October 27, shooting dead 11 people. Neo-Nazi Robert Bowers, 46, wielding an arsenal that included a semi-automatic rifle and three handguns, also left six others wounded, including four police officers, during the 20-minute attack. The massacre happened at the Tree of Life Congregation in a leafy suburb at the heart of a Jewish community in Pennsylvania. About 100 people were in the synagogue at the time.

On October 24, DSA’s nationally elected leadership, the National Political Committee (NPC), voted to endorse California’s Proposition 10. This ballot initiative would expand rent control, preventing evictions and stabilizing communities in the face of gentrification.

Proposition 10, the Affordable Housing Act, would allow communities to expand and strengthen tenant protections, legalizing rent control for every California renter regardless of what kind of home they live in. It would do so by repealing the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act: a corporate loophole that lines the pockets of Wall St. landlords like Blackstone — a major donor to the no on 10 campaign — by banning rent control on single family homes and units built after 1995, or the year rent control was previously established in a city (such as 1978 for Los Angeles and 1979 for San Francisco).

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