The Anti-Racism Working Group of the Democratic Socialists of America is part of our continued effort to make both anti-racist work and non-Eurocentric perspectives central to DSA. We aim to provide resources for DSA local chapters to use in organizing with other anti-racist groups and as well as institutions of color, and to push for more prominent democratic socialist, anti-racist critiques throughout DSA and our publications.
We recognize that any fight for democratic socialism must include dialog between people with diverse experiences in order to develop an understanding of how capitalism, racism, and other systems intersect to structure our lives. Otherwise, both our movement and our political perspectives are weak and incomplete.
Despite some progress, in our country there are few problems more urgent than the effects of racism. While rooted in the history of slavery, invasions, genocide and the early development of the Americas, the system of white supremacy remains as fundamental to the structure of our society and economy as is capitalism. Furthermore, this system affects both people of color and white people at the personal, cultural and institutional levels.
To fulfill our goals, we pledge to provide a safe space for people of color (in the form of an electronic Caucus meeting space open only to members of color) as well as provide a space for collaboration and focus on racial justice in this “working group” for both people of color and white allies.
DSA has endorsed the Vision for Black Lives Policy Platform and we as a majority white (though multi-racial) organization, we have affiliated with Showing Up for Racial Justice as a resource for our white members.
Current committees of the ARWG other than the steering committee:
- Immigrant Self-Protection and Solidarity
- Rapid Response against Muslim Registration, hate crimes and other potential moments such as attacks on anti-police brutality activists, bystander training, etc
- Power mapping and community assessment training
- Showing Up for Racial Justice liasoning