John Nichols speaking at the DSA National Convention

John Nichols, the Washington, DC correspondent for The Nation, writes The Beat, a blog, and is cofounder of Free Press and author of many books including The "S" Word: A Short History of an American Tradition...Socialism.

“A. Phillip Randolph was a socialist. Bayard Rustin was a social democrat. Others who were involved [in the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom] had been socialists or social democrats or radicals or progressives from different groupings, and the fact of the matter is John Kennedy and even Lyndon Johnson accepted them into the White House and said “You’ve got ideas.” . . . Ideas of economic and social justice were once invited into our political discourse. Now, at every turn, they are pushed out. And when a crisis occurs, the social democratic proposal to repair it is the first one taken off the table. . .

“Concentrated economic power knows that they’re on the losing end of the discourse. The only way that they keep themselves in the game is by flooding the messaging and the politics of this country with an absolute lie. The absolute lie is that America is broke, that America doesn’t have the resources to provide school lunch programs or Women, Infants and Children nutrition programs or maintain the basic infrastructure of civil society, but somehow we have the money to go to war in Syria, or we have the money to bail out a bank. That lie is starting to fray at the edges. And activists who are willing to step up and speak truth to power now have an opening that they have never had in my lifetime.”

DSA Queer Socialists Conference Call

August 21, 2017
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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
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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
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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.