Statement on the Firing of Dr. Anthony Monteiro from Temple University’s African American Studies Department

Democratic Socialists of America supports the reinstatement with tenure of Dr. Anthony Monteiro as a full-time faculty member in the Department of African-American Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Monteiro, who has taught in the department for the past twelve years as a non-tenure track Associate Professor, recently did not have his contract renewed for the academic year 2014-2015.

This action by the Temple administration occurred despite Dr. Monteiro being a popular and respected professor; a well-published scholar of W.E. B. DuBois; and a leading community figure in the African-American North Philadelphia community in which Temple, an urban state institution, resides. Monteiro still lives in North Philly and has been an outspoken community leader against gentrification and capitalism for over 30 years.

Temple has a rich history of educating first generation college students, including many African-Americans from Philadelphia. The firing of Dr. Monteiro occurs a time when this tradition is threatened by the Temple administration’s effort to recruit a more affluent, suburban student body and to displace neighborhood residents with private student housing.    

DSA sees the firing of Professor Monteiro as part of a broader neoliberal assault on the value of public higher education. The growth in non-tenure faculty not only denies highly qualified individuals the right to secure and humane working conditions, but also threatens the freedom of expression associated with university life. In addition, in a time of declining state funding for higher education, universities are increasingly cutting back on funding for academic programs whose purpose runs against the dominant pro-corporate ideology of our time. When radical professors like Dr. Monteiro have to worry about the ramifications of their political views on the future of their academic careers, a disservice is done both to ideological pluralism in the academy and to young activists and scholars who look to such professors as both mentors and sources of alternative analyses to mainstream political and economic discourses.

Thus, DSA views Professor Monteiro’s firing as part of a broader assault on interdisciplinary programs such as women’s studies, LGBTQ studies, ethnic studies, and labor studies. DSA supports the reinstatement of Professor Monteiro not solely because of the injustice in this particular case, but also as part of our broader efforts to fight the corporatization of public higher education.  DSA supports the efforts of our Philadelphia local and Temple University campus chapter to build a movement powerful enough to compel the reinstatement of Professor Anthony Monteiro.

Statement of the National Political Committee on April 21, 2014.

DSA Queer Socialists Conference Call

April 24, 2017
· 46 rsvps

DSA is in the process of forming a Queer Socialists Working Group. This call will cover a discussion of possible activities for the group, its proposed structure, assigning tasks, and reports on the revision of DSA's LGBT statement and on possible political education activities. 9 pm ET/8 pm CT/7 pm MT/6 pm PT.

 

Introduction to Socialist Feminism Call

April 30, 2017
· 55 rsvps

Join Philadelphia DSA veteran activist Michele Rossi to explore “socialist feminism.” How does it differ from other forms of feminism? How and when did it develop? What does it mean for our activism? 4-5:30pm ET, 3-4:30pm CT, 2-3:30pm MT, 1-2:30pm PT.

DSA Webinar: Talking About Socialism

May 02, 2017
· 11 rsvps

Practice talking about socialism in plain language. Create your own short rap. Prepare for those conversations about socialism that happen when you table in public.

Join us for our latest organizing training for democratic socialist activists: DSA’s (Virtual) Little Red Schoolhouse.

This training is at 9:00pm Eastern, 8:00pm Central, 7:00pm Mountain, 6:00pm Pacific, 5:00pm Alaska, and 3:00pm Hawaii Time. Please RSVP.

Instructor:

Steve Max, DSA Vice Chair and one of the founders of the legendary community organizing school, The Midwest Academy

In Talking About Socialism you will learn to:

  • Have a quick response ready to go next time someone asks you about democratic socialism.
  • Create your own elevator pitch about democratic socialism and DSA.
  • Use your personal experience and story to explain democratic socialism.
  • Think through the most important ideas you want to convey about democratic socialism.
  • Have a concise explanation of what DSA does, for your next DSA table, event or coalition meeting.

Training Details

  • This workshop is for those who have already had an introduction to democratic socialism, whether from DSA's webinar or from other sources.
  • If you have a computer with microphone, speakers and good internet access, you can join via internet for free.
  • If you have questions, contact Theresa Alt <talt@igc.org> 607-280-7649.
  • If you have very technical questions, contact Tony Schmitt <schmittaj@gmail.com> 608-335-6568.
  • Participation requires that you register at least 45 hours in advance, by midnight Sunday.

 

DSA New Member Orientation Call

May 06, 2017
· 52 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.  2 pm ET; 1 pm CT; 12 pm MT; 11 am PT.  

Film Discussion: The Free State of Jones

June 11, 2017
· 18 rsvps

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