A Socialist Response to the Prison System

Because Ferguson.
Because Eric Garner.
Because Broken Windows.
Because Stop and Frisk.
Because Rikers.
Because surveillance of communities and radical movements destroys them.
Because prisons produce private profit and warehouse surplus people.
Because there are more black men in prison today than were enslaved in 1850.


Are you committed to fighting capitalism and racism right here in NYC? Come get an intensive overview of the mass incarceration system and the latest political developments – in city hall and in the movement – and how we can build progressive people power in our city.

Robert Gangi - Police Reform Organizing Project
Gabriel Kilpatrick - NYC Democratic Socialists of America
How can you be a socialist ally for those targeted for police harassment on the street, particularly in low income communities of color, when you see it happening? How can you protect yourself and exercise your own rights when they come after you?
Bina Ahmad - National Lawyers Guild
Djibril Toure - Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
Judson Memorial Church is at 55 Washington Square South in Manhattan, but enter at 239 Thompson. Subway: N/R to 8th St, A/C/E/B/D/F/M to West 4th.

Lunch provided, children welcome.

What's going on with the policing and prison system?
What’s going on with the police union, Mayor De Blasio and the right-wing in NYC?
What is a socialist response?
What are your rights?
How can you help?
Gangi served as Executive Director of the Correctional Association of New York for over 29 years and founded the Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP) in the spring of 2011. Gangi has been an activist, community organizer and public policy advocate in New York City for nearly 50 years. Also, he is a recognized expert on criminal justice and law enforcement issues with a particular focus on police and prison concerns.
Kilpatrick is a student at the City College of New York, where he founded a chapter of the Young Democratic Socialists, the student wing of DSA. He is also one of the two DSA representatives to the Resist Rikers coalition.
Ahmad is a social justice activist, human rights and animal rights attorney. Bina was a Legal Consultant to the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) New York City Chapter working on Occupy Wall Street criminal and civil cases, and is National Vice President to the NLG's National Chapter. She has lived and worked in Palestine with Al-Haq (the oldest Palestinian human rights NGO), and also worked with PETA, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Human Rights Watch. Currently, she is a public defender with the Legal Aid Society in Staten Island, New York.
Toure is a member of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and co-coordinator of the Peoples Self Defense Campaign, which seeks to address issues of police misconduct/abuse in central Brooklyn. His work has included conducting know your rights workshops/activities for the larger NYC community as well as organizing Copwatch, which is a volunteer based program aimed at observing & reducing illegal stop & frisk activity. Djibril was also one of the plaintiff’s in the Daniels v the City of New York which addressed the NYPD’s use of stop-and-frisk and racial profiling.
January 31, 2015 at 12pm - 4:30pm
Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Sq S
New York, NY 10012
United States
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DSA New Member Orientation Call

February 25, 2017
· 54 rsvps

You've joined DSA - Great. Now register for this New Member Orientation call and find out more about our politics and our vision.  And, most importantly, how you can become involved.  1 pm ET; 12 pm CT; 11 am MT; 10 am PT.  

What Is DSA? Training Call

March 07, 2017
· 56 rsvps

If you're a new DSAer, have been on a new member call, but still have questions about DSA's core values/strategy/core work and how to express these ideas in an accessible way to the media, as well as to friends, family and others who might be interested in joining DSA, this call is for you. 

We will talk through the basics of DSA's political orientation and strategy for moving toward democratic socialism, and also have call participants practice discussing these issues with each other. By the end of the call you should feel much more comfortable thinking about and expressing what DSA does and what makes our organization/strategy unique. 8 pm ET; 7 pm CT; 6 pm MT; 5 pm PT. 70 minutes.

Feminist Working Group

March 07, 2017
· 32 rsvps

People of all genders are welcome to join this call to discuss DSA's work on women's and LGBTQ issues, especially in light of the new political reality that we face after the elections.  9 pm ET; 8 pm CT; 7 pm MT; 6 pm PT.

LGBT Activism: A Brief History with Thoughts about the Future

April 01, 2017
· 14 rsvps

Historian John D'Emilio's presentation will do 3 things: Provide a brief explanation of how sexual and gender identities have emerged; provide an overview of the progression of LGBT activism since its origins in the 1950s, highlighting key moments of change; and, finally, suggest what issues, from a democratic socialist perspective, deserve prioritizing now. John co-authored Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America, which was quoted by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas decision that ruled state sodomy laws unconstitutional. 1 pm ET; 12 pm CT; 11 am MT; 10 am PT.

  1. This webinar is free for any DSA member in good standing.
  2. You need a computer with good internet access.
  3. Your computer must have headphones (preferred) or speakers; you can speak thru a mic or use chat to "speak".
  4. If you have questions, contact Peg Strobel, peg.strobel@sbcglobal.net.
  5. If you have technical questions, contact Tony Schmitt, schmittaj@gmail.com, 608-355-6568.

Film Discussion: Documentaries of People's History in Texas

April 02, 2017
· 22 rsvps

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. 8 ET/7 CT/6 MT/5 PT.

Film Discussion: Rosa [Luxemburg]

May 31, 2017
· 35 rsvps

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. 9 ET/8 CT/7 MT/6 PT.