Press/Media

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Press Coverage of DSA’s Socialist Caucus at the Democratic National Convention

"The Sanders campaign is officially over. Now his supporters wonder: What’s next?" Washington Post, July 27, 2016

"Inside the Socialist Caucus at the DNC: Liberals Are 'Not Our Friends' but 'Not the Main Danger'", reason.com, July 27, 2016

"A Goal for Bus Ride Home: Healing Democratic Convention Rifts", Wall Street Journal, July 28, 2016

"Bernie Sanders, Sheepdog Socialist", Dissent Magazine, July 27, 2016

"An Anti-Trump Electoral Strategy That Isn’t Pro-Clinton", Dissent Magazine, July 28, 2016

"Rep. Keith Ellison: DNC Sanders Protesters Are 'Actually Helping Us'", Truth Out, July 29, 2016

"A Diehard Bernie Backer Considers What Comes Next", New Yorker, July 27, 2016

"American socialists confront their Hillary Clinton problem", The Week, August 4, 2016

"Why Bernie Sanders Lost, and How the Next Progressive Challenger Can Win", in These Times, August 4, 2016



Press Coverage of DSA at the People's Summit

This past June 17 to 19th, DSA joined National Nurses United, People for Bernie, National People's Action, and many more in Chicago for the People's Summit. Read this report on the Young Democratic Socialists activities of the People's Summit! Also, see coverage of DSA at the People's Summit below.

DSA member Dan LaBotz reflects in “Life After Bernie: People’s Summit Searches for the Movement’s Political Future” in New Politics.

D.D. Guttenplan “There Was No Clear Agenda at the People’s Summit—and That’s a Good Thing” in The Nation.

David Weigel “In Chicago, Sanders supporters commiserate — and plot their next moves” in the Washington Post.

New Piece: DSA Vice-Chair Bhaskar Sunkara "What I Saw at the People's Summit" in In These Times.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Contact Maria Svart

212.727.8600 /212.608.6955 (fax)

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Democratic Socialists of America announces support for Sen. Bernie Sanders in Democratic presidential primary  

Says his candidacy is singular in opposing reckless U.S. military interventions, invasive government information-gathering, drone-bombing in place of diplomacy and supporting jobs, economic and social justice, trade unions rights and Medicare-for-all.

New York, N.Y., April 30, 2015

Following Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ announcement earlier today that he was declaring his candidacy for president in the 2016 Democratic primary races, the national political committee of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), the nation’s largest socialist organization, declared its unanimous support for the only socialist in Congress and its full support for his nationwide campaign effort.

A petition from thousands of supporters urging him to run for president read “By running in Democratic Party primaries, Independent Senator Sanders would challenge the dominant discourse of the neoliberal Democrats that privilege corporate business interests over those of all working people. Thus he would contribute to building a strong movement to halt the vicious attacks of Tea Party Republicans at all governmental levels on workers' rights, voting rights, and people of color in general.”

Sanders has a long history that justifies support.

In Congress, he advocates for effective campaign finance reform that reduces the influence of special interests and corporations and works to shift attention from enriching the 1 % to improving the living standards of working families.

He would end attacks on civil liberties that, in the name of national security, stifle civic discussion and demonize upstanding members of suspect minorities.

The senator is a leader in expanding voting, women’s and civil rights and criticizing right-wing efforts to use negligible instances of voter fraud to spark restrictive voting measures passed in 22 states since the 2010 mid-term elections.

He is a key proponent of making Medicare available to all, not just as a public health measure but as a basic element of economic justice.

He voted consistently against the environmentally ruinous Keystone XL pipeline and other misadventures by the Energy Industry. He has long advocated public investment in infrastructure and alternative energy production as part of a federal plan to achieve full employment at living wages for all.

Sanders was the first lawmaker to announce he would boycott the nakedly partisan congressional appearance of Israeli prime minister and notorious war-hawk Benjamin Netanyahu before Congress on March 2.

He was also the first Congress member to take constituents across the Canadian border to buy prescription drugs at a fraction of the inflated U.S.  price. He fights for lower cost drugs and backs legislation allowing re-importation and enabling Medicare to negotiate lower prices for Medicare beneficiaries.

As president, he would also ensure that trade deals such as the Clinton-era North American Free Trade Agreement or the as-yet secretly negotiated multinational Trans-Pacific Partnership, both of which threaten U.S. jobs, are quashed. He would see that Fair Trade deals become the norm.

He would break up giant financial institutions that pose a systemic risk to the financial system and the economy as a whole.

His campaign alone will help stoke grassroots insurgency against the class of super-rich corporate suits, the real beneficiaries of most elected officials’ largesse.

“Sen. Sanders as president would be a counterpoint not just to the far-right cliques currently controlling Congress and many state legislatures, but a force against the many Democrats who also act as shills for venal business interests,” Maria Svart, the DSA national director said.

Added Joseph Schwartz, chair of the National Political Committee and political science professor at Temple University, ”It’s time we had a president who will stand up to corporate America, fight to get private money out of politics and advocate for the needs of all the people of the United States.”

Sanders was endorsed by DSA in his initial run for the US Senate and in subsequent elections. He was warmly appreciated as keynoter for the group’s 1999 national convention in San Diego, Cal. and served as the keynote speaker at the awards dinner at DSA’s 2007 national convention in Atlanta, Ga.

 

Democratic Socialists of America is a political and activist organization, not a party; through campus and community-based chapters DSA members use a variety of tactics, from legislative to direct action, to fight for reforms that empower working people. Democratic Socialists believe that both the economy and society should be run democratically to meet human needs, not to make profits for a few.

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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.