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The latest from the Democratic Socialists of America.

URGENT: DSA and Partners Organizing Health Care Sit-Ins 7/6

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Senate Republicans want to take away health insurance from 22 million people and cut Medicaid by $772 billion over the next decade, eliminating or diminishing health services for up to thirty-four million children, eleven million disabled people, and seven million seniors, many of whom live in nursing homes. Why? To provide a 541 billion dollar tax break to the wealthy.

As democratic socialists, we must resist this and stand up for better – single payer. That’s why we’re partnering with Democracy Spring, Our Revolution, #AllOfUs, The People’s Consortium, and others to organize rapid-response nonviolent sit-ins across the country Thursday, July 6th. We demand that Republican Senators vote NO on the so-called Better Care Reconciliation Act before it comes to the floor.

Click here to join or support the 7/6 sit-ins. You can see more on Facebook here. You can download DSA healthcare signs here. And click here for DSA's National Political Committee statement.

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URGENT: DSA Stands With AT&T Workers

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CWA union members have been working closely with DSA on organizing efforts across the country. 38,000 CWA folks at AT&T have been working without a contract. This has gone on far too long. Now AT&T workers in 36 states and Washington, DC are on strike.

DSA's national Steering Committee endorses this strike. DSA local groups and individual members are joining striking workers at picket lines across the country. Click here to RSVP for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Downloadable DSA solidarity signs are available here and here.

Members who can't join a picket line are encouraged to email AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson and tell him to settle now.

UPDATE: DirecTV employees are joining the potential strike as well. Now 40,000 workers are ready to stand up for their livelihoods — and their dignity.

Congratulations to DSA's own khalid kamau and Dylan Parker!

Congratulations to khalid kamau, who won his South Fulton City Council race in a landslide. Check out the Huffington Post coverage here. In the Yoruba tradition, khalid uses lower-case letters for his name. This shows a stronger tie to the community than to the individual, a sentiment echoed in his activist work and community outreach projects.

khalid is the second DSA member to win local office this month. Dylan Parker was elected to Rock Island, Illinois’ City Council as 5th Ward Alderman on April 4th. He is a member of Quad Cities DSA. You can hear more about his campaign here in The Nation.

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There are now 14 DSA members holding public office, including Carlos Rosa, Chicago’s 35th Ward Alderman, Mike Sylvester, of the Maine House of Representatives, and Julie Ann Nitsch, Austin Community College Board of Trustee in Texas.

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Upcoming Events

Film Discussion: Pride

Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 08:00 PM · 42 rsvps
Film Discussion: Pride

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

Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 08:00 PM · 24 rsvps
Film Discussion: Union Maids

 

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.

 

NPC releases statement on Nazi Violence in Charlottesville

Click here to read the DSA statement on the Nazi violence in Charlottesville, VA August 12, 2017.

Recent Media Coverage of DSA

Click here to see recent media coverage of DSA.

Film Discussion: Pride

September 10, 2017
· 42 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
· 24 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.