Last week right-wing politics in the Congress forced the nation precariously close to a default on the national debt that could have produced a second great economic crisis. The Democratic Socialists of America view this political corruption and cynicism as an opportunity to organize a New Left -- a powerful political movement left of the Democrats working with labor, workers organizations, immigrant groups and social movements to -- Rebuild a Participatory Democracy in a Multicultural U.S.
Our 2013 Convention in Emeryville, (next to Oakland, California) met Oct. 25/ 27 to select a new NPC and to set the political direction of DSA for the next two years. Speakers at the convention included John Nichols, Tom Hayden, union leaders Jose La Luz and Michael Lighty, immigrant rights activists Catherine Tactaquin and David Bacon, Joe Schwartz, Maria Svart , Steve Williams and more.
John Nichols was outstanding in his talk to the outreach event on Friday, as was Stephen Williams.
Videos of the major speakers will be available soon.
David Bacon provided a photo journalism essay on migration based upon his new book; The Right to Stay Home: How U.S. policy Drives Mexican Migration. Workshops and trainings were provided on a number of topics including labor, immigration, local building, and more. The East Bay local of DSA was the host chapter. We thank them for their work.
Videos of the major speakers should be available soon. We will announce them here on DL when they are available.
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