Join Us for the 50th Anniversary March on Washington

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Join Us for the 50th Anniversary March on Washington, Saturday, Aug. 24th Washington, D.C.  

Why We March

DSA is an official partner organization sponsoring the August 24, 2013 March on Washington 50 years after activists, led by Martin Luther King, Jr., marched on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  That march, and the years of organizing which preceded it, built public pressure and helped lead to landmark civil rights legislation and later the expansion and protection of voting rights.

But we do not march simply to celebrate past victories.  Today the extremist forces that were defeated 50 years ago have regained new life. We face a moral, economic and political crisis illustrated by the legislation these forces have successfully implemented in many states:

  • Voter suppression laws that have the potential to prevent millions of mostly voters of color and low income voters from voting. The Supreme Court decision striking down the main enforcement provision of the Voting Rights Act has already resulted in a flurry of new voter suppression laws.
  • 30 states have enacted Stand Your Ground laws which encourage the use of guns, making it much harder –as the Trayvon Martin case demonstrates—to prosecute murderers. The right-wing enthused over the verdict because they understood it to mean that in our culture you could still get away with killing a black man.
  • Anti-abortion laws imposing mandatory, unnecessary and invasive ultrasound provisions on women in order to humiliate and discourage them from exercising their right to an abortion and setting technical rules for abortion clinics that will result in making access virtually unavailable in many states, particularly for poor, young, and rural women.
  • Restricting the rights of workers to unionize and imposing limitations on collective bargaining for public employees.
  • Terrorizing people without papers with laws promoting racial profiling of potential immigrants and making it more difficult for immigrant workers who contribute labor to our economy to come out of the shadows.

The sad fact is that the basic demand of the 1963 March on Washington, Jobs and Freedom, remains unfulfilled. The only path to victory is to organize, protest, and vote.

Power concedes nothing without a demand!  

DSA will have a contingent of marchers as well as a post-march reception near the Capitol. 

DSA  Meeting Point between 8:00am and 11:00am – Jefferson Dr. SW at 14th St. (2 blocks from Smithsonian Metro stop). This is on the Independence Ave (south) side of the National Mall. We will meet with DSA banners to march together. Bring your own signs, too!

DSA Reception from 2:00pm and 5:00pm - Hunan Dynasty Restaurant. Details here.

What Is DSA? Training Call

May 30, 2017
· 56 rsvps

If you're a new DSAer, have been on a new member call, but still have questions about DSA's core values/strategy/core work and how to express these ideas in an accessible way to the media, as well as to friends, family and others who might be interested in joining DSA, this call is for you. 

We will talk through the basics of DSA's political orientation and strategy for moving toward democratic socialism, and also have call participants practice discussing these issues with each other. By the end of the call you should feel much more comfortable thinking about and expressing what DSA does and what makes our organization/strategy unique. 8 pm ET; 7 pm CT; 6 pm MT; 5 pm PT. 70 minutes.

Film Discussion: Rosa [Luxemburg]

May 31, 2017
· 95 rsvps

Join DSA member Jason Schulman to discuss the film Rosa, directed by feminist filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta. View it here at no cost before the discussion. Marxist theorist and economist Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919) played a key role in German socialist politics. Jason edited Rosa Luxemburg: Her Life and Legacy and has a chapter in Rosa Remix. 9 ET/8 CT/7 MT/6 PT.

Film Discussion: The Free State of Jones

June 11, 2017
· 27 rsvps

Join Victoria Bynum, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, Texas State University, San Marcos, to discuss The Free State of Jones. STX Entertainment bought the film rights to Bynum's book of the same title. She also served as a consultant and appears in a cameo scene. What was the Free State of Jones? During the Civil War, an armed band of deserters led by Newt Knight, a non-slaveholding white farmer, took to the swamps of southeastern Mississippi and battled against the Confederacy in an uprising popularly known as “The Free State of Jones.” Joining Newt in this rebellion was Rachel, a slave. From their relationship, there developed a controversial mixed-race community that endured long after the Civil War had ended. View the film here for $6 before the discussion. 8 ET/7 CT/6 MT/5 PT.

Introduction to Democratic Socialism

June 13, 2017
· 14 rsvps

Join Bill Barclay, Chicago DSA co-chair, and Peg Strobel, National Political Committee and Feminist Working Group co-chair, on this webinar for an overview of what we in Democratic Socialists of America mean when we talk about "socialism," "capitalism" and the goals of the socialist movement. 9:30 PM ET; 8:30 PM CT; 7:30 PM MT; 6:30 PM PT.

  1. This webinar is free for any DSA member in good standing.
  2. You need a computer with good internet access.
  3. Your computer must have headphones (preferred) or speakers; you can speak thru a mic or use chat to "speak".
  4. If you have questions, contact Bill Barclay, chocolatehouse@sbcglobal.net.
  5. If you have technical questions, contact Tony Schmitt, schmittaj@gmail.com, 608-355-6568.

Film Discussion: Pride

September 10, 2017
· 7 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
· 5 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.