Remembering Nelson Mandela

DSA mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela, a democratic fighter for freedom, on Thursday in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was 95.

Mandela.jpgMandela spent 27 years imprisoned for his beliefs and leading the mass struggle against apartheid. This struggle came to full fruition in the mass student and trade union revolts of the 1970s and 1980 -- as well as through the work of the exiled ANC leadership; the armed wing of the ANC, Umkhonte we Sizwe; and the international movement for global economic sanctions against the apartheid regime.

Mandela stressed the importance of building mass organizations with numerous rank-and-file leaders. After his election to president he promoted reconciliation between the different people of his country. Mandela remains an international icon for freedom and racial justice.

Mandela also recognized that South Africa could never achieve full emancipation for the African majority without radical redistribution of wealth and power. That effort must continue, if the legacy of this great revolutionary leader is to be realized.

“Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.”  –Nelson Mandela, 1918 - 2013

Film Discussion: Union Maids

September 24, 2017
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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.