The Need for A Democratic Transformation of the Criminal Justice and Police System
Issued by the National Political Committee of DSA, June 12, 2016
Democratic Socialists of America condemns the recent police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. These are the latest in the endless taking of black lives by the excessive and precipitous use of deadly police force. Despite the increased attention to these arbitrary killings by the militant protest of #BlackLivesMatter, the deaths of Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Walter Scott and scores of others go unpunished.
Democratic Socialists of America condemns the perpetrator of the mass killing and wounding of innocents at the LGBTQ night club Pulse in Orlando Florida this past weekend on Latin nigh. We stand in solidarity with the victims and their families and the LGBTQ and Latinx community of Orlando and beyond.
Democratic Socialists of America calls on President Obama and the US Congress to end unjust sanctions against Venezuela
In the past year, Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) has been dismayed to see President Barack Obama and a bipartisan group of senators led by Marco Rubio (R-FL) violate US and international law to impose sanctions against the nation of Venezuela. We call on the President and Congress to reverse these actions and stop seeking to undermine the Venezuelan people and their legitimate, democratically elected government.
The National Political Committee (NPC, DSA’s elected leadership) is providing the following Talking Points, passed by the NPC on May 20, 2016 to enable DSA members to present a coherent description of how the NPC believes DSA members should engage in electoral work at various points between now and the November 2016 election. DSA members are free to disagree with these talking points, but the NPC asks that DSA members articulate these points as the organization’s perspective and then indicate where the individual member disagrees. Finally, these are just preliminary talking points on the elections; the NPC will issue a formal statement on DSA and the elections directly after the National Conventions this summer.
Democratic Socialists of America expresses its support for The Disability Integration Act (SB 2427). This critical bill would ensure that seniors and people with disabilities would have the financial resources necessary to receive in home and community-based services as an alternative to institutionalization. More broadly, the bill would stop states and insurance companies from denying these individuals the right to continue living in their communities. In addition to personally touching the lives of many DSAers, DSA believes this bill is important because we view it as part of a larger fight to secure basic civil rights for seniors and people with disabilities who have lacked them for so long. As democratic socialists, we believe the struggle for genuine equality involves ensuring all people have the capacity to lead flourishing lives and to participate as equal members of society with all their brothers and sisters. Consequently, we view the fight for a society that enables people with disabilities to live good lives with dignity as a central component of our democratic socialist vision.
Steinem serves as one of eight Honorary Chairs of Democratic Socialists of America (along with Cornel West, Barbara Ehrenreich, Frances Fox Piven and others) based on her work for DSA in the 1980s and ‘90s and one of its predecessor organizations, Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee. While we appreciate Steinem's pioneering work in the feminist movement and view her as a major figure in the history of feminism, we were very disappointed by her disparaging comments about female Bernie supporters, many of whom are active DSA members. Her views do not reflect those of the DSA leadership.
Democratic Socialists of America expresses its dismay at the Washington Post editorial editor Fred Hiatt's termination of Harold Meyerson’s contract with the paper. Meyerson, a DSA Vice-Chair, has been one of the few weekly columnists in a major paper who consistently promoted workers' rights and economic alternatives to neoliberal capitalism. Meyerson enjoyed 13 years at the Post and Hiatt had never previously expressed any displeasure with his column.
While the public seethes at growing inequality, the corporate media refuses to analyze the issue in an in-depth manner. And all too few columnists write in these venues from a pro-labor perspective. Only public pressure can alter this practice
We urge our members and friends to protest Meyerson's termination by writing to: email@example.com
The Democratic Socialists of America advocates fundamental human rights throughout the world, and offers its support in solidarity to all those who are deprived of those rights.
Among those fundamental human rights are freedom of association, to create a labor union and to engage in collective bargaining.
The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) call on all progressives across the United States to join together in a broad coalition against the rising tide of racist and nativist politics in the United States. The nativist fear-mongering by one Democratic and 27 Republican governors about the alleged threat posed to U.S. residents by Syrian refugees (themselves often fleeing ISIL violence) and undocumented immigrants obscures the true violent threat to our collective security: nativist, racist and misogynist terrorism.
The National Political Committee of the Democratic Socialists of America stands in solidarity with our Honorary Co-Chair Dr. Cornel West, Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou and the other activists arrested in Ferguson, MO on Aug. 10 demanding justice for Michael Brown. We urge that the charges against them be dismissed; that all police who murder African Americans be charged and tried for their crimes; that police throughout the United States protect, not assault, black youth and black communities; and that structural racism be dismantled in all its aspects. DSA continues to participate actively in #BlackLivesMatter and stands in solidarity with all those fighting for social and racial justice in the United States and around the globe.
August 13, 2015