From Black Messiah to Black Lives Matter

Andrew Wilkes links the prophetic vision of Martin Luther King with the modern testimony of D'Angelo's latest album,”Black Messiah,”  to outline steps forward for the civil rights movement. - Ed.

 

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Professor Cornel West (C) along with clergy members and other demonstrators protest for the shooting of Michael Brown as they march to the Ferguson Police Station. Credit: Joshua Lott/AFP /Getty Images 


We want more than effective civilian review boards of police, more than body cameras, more than implicit bias training for local law enforcement. All of those things are necessary, but we also need the patient, persistent construction of equity. Our system of values in this country needs to change, and that will require more than a single policy measure.

Ferguson has served as a signature example of just how much moral work will be involved in building a better country.

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DSA Queer Socialists Conference Call

July 27, 2017
· 47 rsvps

Join DSA's Queer Socialists Working Group to discuss possible activities for the group and its proposed structure. 9 pm ET/8 pm CT/7 pm MT/6 pm PT.

 

Film Discussion: Pride

September 10, 2017
· 20 rsvps

Join DSA members Eric Brasure and Brendan Hamill to discuss the British film Pride (2014). It’s 1984, British coal miners are on strike, and a group of gays and lesbians in London bring the queer community together to support the miners in their fight. Based on the true story of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. The film is available for rent on YouTube, Amazon, and iTunes. 8 ET/7 CT/6 MT/5 PT.

Film Discussion: Union Maids

September 24, 2017
· 19 rsvps

 

Join DSA member and labor historian Susan Hirsch in discussing Union Maids (1976). Nominated for an Academy Award, this documentary follows three Chicago labor organizers (Kate Hyndman, Stella Nowicki, and Sylvia Woods) active beginning in the 1930s. The filmmakers were members of the New American Movement (a precursor of DSA), and the late Vicki Starr (aka Stella Nowicki) was a longtime member of Chicago DSA and the Chicago Women's Liberation Union. It’s available free on YouTube, though sound quality is poor. 8ET/7CT/6MT/5PT.