DSA Condemns the Israeli Bombing of Gaza and All Attacks on Innocent Civilians

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) condemns the massive and indiscriminate bombing of Gaza civilians by the Israeli armed forces. We support the immediate acceptance and implementation of a comprehensive cease fire that would end all combat in Gaza and lift Israeli enforced restrictions on the ability of the people of Gaza to engage in the economic commerce and travel necessary for basic human survival.

DSA believes that the Israeli government cynically used the brutal murder of three Israeli youths to justify police and army assaults on Palestinians who had no connection to the attacks themselves. Furthermore, we condemn the Israeli right’s use of these tragic deaths to whip up the racist hatred towards Palestinian Arabs that led to the brutal murder of an innocent Palestinian teenager by Israeli youths. Only if Israeli civil society rejects such racist hatred will a just two-state peace settlement with the Palestinian people be possible, as well as full civil rights for Palestinian Arabs living within a non-expansionist Israel.

DSA also condemns Hamas’s rocket attacks upon Israeli civilians from Gaza and the practice of locating rocket launchers in civilian buildings. DSA also condemns all forms of collective punishment and attacks on unarmed civilians. We note, however, that Israel’s disproportionate armed responses (whether in the form of massive and indiscriminate aerial bombardment or a ground invasion) violate the international law doctrine of proportionate response. And, as we have seen in the past, indiscriminate Israeli attacks on the people of Gaza cannot achieve a permanent solution to the threat posed by Hamas rockets to Israeli civilians. DSA believes that only a just diplomatic solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can end the bloodshed, and we reiterate our conviction that Israel must unilaterally and immediately withdraw from the Occupied Territories.

Statement July 15, 2014 by the DSA National Political Committee

Starting a Local Chapter from Scratch (9pm Eastern)

October 04, 2016 · 9 rsvps
Webinar, RSVP required for sign in information

So you are now a member of DSA, but there is no local chapter where you live. You are thinking of starting a local chapter, but you're not quite sure how to do it.

In Starting a Local Chapter from Scratch you will learn:

  • how other locals got started in recent years
  • how to find out who is already a member
  • the importance of a comrade
  • how to recruit new members
  • the importance of a mentor
  • how to become a recognized organizing committee
  • how to become a chartered local
  • what works best to bring new people in.

Join us for our latest organizing training for democratic socialist activists: DSA’s (Virtual) Little Red Schoolhouse.

Instructor:

  • Steve Max, DSA Vice Chair and one of the founders of the legendary community organizing school, The Midwest Academy

Training Details:

  1. Workshops are free for any DSA member in good standing.
  2. You need a computer with good internet access.
  3. Your computer must have preferably headphones or else speakers; you can speak thru a mic or use chat to "speak".
  4. If you have questions, contact Theresa Alt talt@igc.org 607-280-7649.
  5. If you have very technical questions, contact Tony Schmitt schmittaj@gmail.com 608-355-6568.
  6. You can participate in every webinar or just attend once in a while.
  7. Workshops will generally be on weekends or evenings.
  8. Participation requires that you register at least 45 hours in advance -- by midnight Sunday for Tuesday's webinar.

NOTE: This training is scheduled for 9:00pm Eastern Time (8pm Central, 7pm Mountain, 6pm Pacific, 5pm Alaska, 3 pm Hawaii).

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DSA New Member Orientation Call

October 19, 2016 · 24 rsvps
DSA New Member Orientation

You've joined DSA - Great. Now register for this New Member Orientation call and find out more about our politics and our vision.  And, most importantly, how you can become involved.  8 PM ET; 7 PM CT; 6 PM MT; 5 PM PT.

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