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Could Trump Help Democrats Gain Ground in Southern States?

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By Chris Cromm 

With Donald Trump now the presumptive Republican nominee for president in the race against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, attention is now turning to the impact the White House contest will have on down-ticket races, including state offices in the South. 

Currently, Republicans dominate Southern state politics. All but three Southern states have GOP governors, with only Louisiana, Virginia and West Virginia led by Democrats. The balance of power in Southern state legislatures is even more lopsided: Out of 26 upper and lower legislative chambers in 13 Southern states, only one — the Kentucky House — has a Democratic majority.

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DSA "Berniecrat" Runs for State Senate

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Candidate Debbie Medina talks with Jason Schulman

Brooklyn DSA member Debbie Medina is challenging New York State incumbent Democrat Martin Dilan in the 18th N.Y. senatorial district. Medina is out to “bring the political revolution to Brooklyn.” This interview with her was conducted via email in early May.

JS:What led you to decide to run for State Senate?

DM: Our movements around rent and education have been repeatedly frustrated by a regressive state legislature. I decided to challenge a business-backed Democrat because I believe that these fights are essential for taking power, passing urgently needed reforms, and building our movement.

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Shirley Chisholm: Unbought and Unbossed* Presidential Candidate

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Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm announcing her candidacy for presidential nomination

By Barbara Winslow

“I ran because someone had to do it first. In this country everybody is supposed to be able to run for president, but that’s never been really true. I ran because most people think the country is not ready for a black candidate, not ready for a woman candidate. Someday…” (The Good Fight, 1973) So wrote Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman elected to Congress (in 1968) as well as the first African American and the first woman to mount a serious and sustained campaign for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. As of this writing, Shirley Chisholm remains the only woman to have been nominated for the presidency with delegate votes (151) at a party convention.

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Building Working-Class Power

By Maria Svart

Much ink has been spilled this year about the racism of working-class whites who support Donald Trump. But make no mistake: this narrative is part of the class war. Poor and working-class whites are no more racist than higher income whites. Scapegoating them gives cover to efforts funded by wealthy whites on both sides of the aisle to distract from the economic rampage conducted by the 1% against the 99% of all races.

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The People's Summit Starts This Weekend

By Barbara Joye

Building political power for the left in the U.S. is a long-term project.  It is not achieved by a single election.  DSA made enormous efforts in the campaign to elect Bernie Sanders and we experienced extraordinary growth as an organization.  Elections are important steps- but only steps. DSA will join more than 40 other lead organizations from the grassroots Bernie movement June 17-19 at a “People’s Summit” in Chicago to build alliances and plan for the next steps of working together.

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NPC Statement On Orlando Mass Shooting

DSA Condemns Mass Murder in Orlando and the Intolerant Ideologies That Promote Such Acts

Issued by the National Political Committee of DSA, June 13, 2016

Democratic Socialists of America condemns the perpetrator of the mass killing and wounding of innocents at the LGBTQ night club Pulse in Orlando Florida this past weekend on Latin night. We stand in solidarity with the victims and their families and the LGBTQ and Latinx community of Orlando and beyond.

This was not a random shooting, but one motivated by the homophobia and hypermasculinity that characterizes all fanatical ideologies, be they Islamist or Christian extremism or far-right anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim political movements. Rather than attacking the actual sources of injustice, violent extremists target those who do not conform to conservative and patriarchal conceptions of social life.

 

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Trump, Racism and the Left

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The perilous consequences of a Trump presidency should be a wake-up call for the left.

By Max Elbaum

Donald Trump’s Indiana victory and now unstoppable march toward the Republican presidential nomination underscores the defining feature of this year’s general election. Linda Burnham’s Notes on the Election cut to the chase:

“Straight up racism and xenophobia have moved from the margins into the center of the GOP presidential campaign; they are used as a rallying cry to attract discontented voters; and white racial solidarity is exposed as the anchor and heart of right wing politics in the U.S. across the spectrum from ordinary conservatism to rabid white supremacy.”

A victory for the GOP nominee would likely mean right-wing control of all branches of the federal government (combined with the 31 governorships and state legislatures they already control). It would deal a huge blow to progressive policies, social movements, and all of the 99%.

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DSA NPC Calls for an Ending of Sanctions Against Venezuela

Democratic Socialists of America calls on President Obama and the US Congress to end unjust sanctions against Venezuela

In the past year, Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) has been dismayed to see President Barack Obama and a bipartisan group of senators led by Marco Rubio (R-FL) violate US and international law to impose sanctions against the nation of VenezuelaWe call on the President and Congress to reverse these actions and stop seeking to undermine the Venezuelan people and their legitimate, democratically elected government.

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Introduction to Socialist Feminism Call

June 28, 2016 · 50 rsvps

Join DSA activist Michele Rossi to explore “socialist feminism.” How does it differ from other forms of feminism? How and when did it develop? What does it mean for our activism? 8-9pm ET, 7-8pm CT, 6-7pm MT, 5-6pm PT.

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DSA New Member Orientation Call

June 29, 2016 · 41 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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