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.

Film Discussion: The Price We Pay

January 30, 2017
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The Price We Pay blows the lid off the dirty world of corporate malfeasance — the dark history and dire present-day reality of big-business tax avoidance, tax havens - and what we need to do to stop this.  DSA member Bill Barclay, who has a cameo role in the film, will facilitate the discussion. Watch the film prior to the discussion.

Full film available on Vimeo.

How to Plug in New Members

February 01, 2017
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Is your DSA chapter growing quickly and you're trying desperately to find ways to plug new members into your chapter's work? Never fear! On this conference call an experienced DSA organizer will go over the basics of new member outreach and developing a plan for plugging new members into your chapter's work. Most of the call will be devoted to troubleshooting specific issues you're facing, so please brainstorm some issues beforehand that you want to bring up on the call.  8 PM ET; 7 PM CT; 7 PM MT; 7 PM PT.

Film Discussion: Salt of the Earth

February 05, 2017
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Join DSA members Shelby Murphy and Deborah Rosenfelt in discussing Salt of the Earth, a captivating film made in 1954 by blacklisted writers and actors about a strike at a New Mexico zinc mine. Well before the resurgence of feminism in the 1960s, these filmmakers were exploring gender inequality and solidarity. Available on Netflix.

Shelby Murphy is a Latina from Texas and former Young Democratic Socialists co-chair. Professor Emerita of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, Deborah Rosenfelt researched the making of the film and its aftermath for the reissued screenplay. Here is her blogpost about the film.

 

Film Discussion: Documentaries of People's History in Texas

April 02, 2017
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Join DSA members Glenn Scott and Richard Croxdale to discuss videos produced by People’s History in Texas (PHIT), a project that brings to life the stories of ordinary people in significant socio-political movements in Texas. They will discuss The Rag, their newest documentary, which tells the story of an influential underground paper based in Austin, Texas, from 1966-77. Click here to view Part I (the early years as an all-volunteer paper covering the student, anti-Vietnam and Civil Rights movements), Part II (the impact of Women’s Liberation on the paper) and Part III (building community: covering local politics, nukes, co-ops, feminist institutions). But also check out the video on the Stand-Ins about a group of university students who led a movement to desegregate Austin’s movie theaters in 1961.

Film Discussion: Rosa [Luxemburg]

May 31, 2017
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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.

Film Discussion: The Free State of Jones

June 11, 2017
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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.