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We Stand at a Crossroads

By Maria Svart, DSA National Director, January 31, 2017

On November 8th, voters had a choice between two pro-capitalist candidates, after a primary season with a viable democratic socialist candidate. Voter apathy after years of economic neglect and racist voter suppression by the GOP took their toll.

Donald Trump’s actions since his inauguration Friday confirm our greatest fears.

He undermines the free press through clear lies and threats. He directs federal agencies to ignore the checks and balances provided by the rulings of the judiciary and re-shuffle to increase his personal power.

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DSA Members Stand Up Against Trump

DSA's membership has increased dramatically since the election, as great numbers of people have sought out both alternatives to centrist Democratic policies and new avenues for resisting Trump. That resistance could readily be seen in DSA actions on inauguration weekend, as members joined #DisruptJ20 protests, demonstrated at the Women's March on Washington, recruited new members, and more. Derek Robertson's recent piece, "We Can't Take this Sitting Down: A Socialist Group's Moment of Resistance," interviews and follows DSA members as they meet, protest, and explain the urgency that has driven them to take a stand. 

Read more at Medill Reports Chicago.

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No Ban – No Wall, DSA Builds Activist Response to Trump’s Actions


Anti-Racism Working Group- DSA 

On January 23, Donald Trump signed executive orders to build the wall along the Mexican border and changed the terms of engagement of the federal Border Patrol.   If this order is found constitutional, the Border Patrol and ICE could subject millions of immigrants to deportations.  He also issued an order threatening to withdraw federal funds from the more than 300 U.S. cities that have declared themselves sanctuaries for immigrant students, workers, and members of their families.  Targeting sanctuary cities in this way is contrary to U.S. law and the constitution

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Living, or Reliving, the African American Experience


Photo/ Bill Mosley   

 By Bill Mosley

A measure of the incredible popularity of the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is that this article is appearing more than three months after its Sept. 24 opening.  After the excitement of the opening week had passed, I went online hoping to get a free timed pass – a requirement for admission; the museum was so crowded it was turning away walk-ups – for the next week or two.  I was shocked to find the earliest slot I could book in advance was Dec. 13.

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Safety Tips for Events

Adapted from Up in Arms: A Guide to Oregon’s Patriot Movement by the Rural Organizing Project and Political Research Associates.

Event Framing

Be clear in all publicity that your event is meant to be peaceful. 

Call local law enforcement and let them know about the action. If possible, communicate with any law enforcement that you have a previous or good relationship with. Ask for a direct number to call if there are any confrontations. Assign one person to be in charge of this phone number. That person is to call the number if: 
• protesters are obstructing your event or movement to or within the event
• protesters surround or block anyone at the event
• protesters verbally or physically threaten anyone

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Demanding a Peace Agenda

By Lawrence Wittner

The looming advent of the right-wing Trump administration in Washington threatens to worsen an already deeply troubling international situation. Bitter wars are raging, tens of millions of refugees have taken flight, relations among the great powers are deteriorating, and a new nuclear arms race is underway. Resources that could be used to fight poverty, racism, sexism, unemployment, and climate change are being lavished on the military might of nations around the world—$1.7 trillion in 2015 alone. 

The United States accounts for 36% of that global total. Military spending represents 54% of the federal government’s discretionary budget, and the military’s share will surely rise as the U.S. government implements its plan for spending $1 trillion over the next 30 years on “modernization” of the entire U.S. nuclear weapons complex. 

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Down-Ballot Victory for DSA Member in Austin, Texas

DSA members Glenn Scott, Julie Nitsch, and Claudia Corum.

By Bridget Tobin, Richard Croxdale, Glenn Scott, and Dale Webb

    In a remarkable, unexpected down-ballot election victory in Austin, Texas, DSA member and Sanders campaign activist Julie Ann Nitsch won her runoff for Austin Community College (ACC) Board of Trustees on December 13th.

    Nitsch started her campaign at a clear disadvantage. It was her first electoral campaign and she lacked name recognition. Meanwhile, her strongest opponent had served as ACC Trustee for the previous 6 years, had a long resume of community activism, and received endorsements from most local Democratic elected officials and leaders.

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Turning the March Into a Movement

 A crowd fills Independence Avenue during the Women's March on Washington, Saturday, January 21, 2017 in Washington.    AP Photo/ Alex Brandon  

By Peter Dreier and Donald Cohen

Saturday’s day of protest—against Donald Trump and for women’s equality—was successful in two significant ways.

First, it was the largest one-day protest in American history. Based on news reports from cities around the country, as many as 4.5 million people took to the streets. From 750,000 people in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles to 250,000 in Chicago, 60,000 in Atlanta, 26,000 in Des Moines, and 271 in Morris, Minnesota (with a population of 3,500 and only two stoplights), protesters took over America on Trump’s second day in office.

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