Statements

Official statements from the DSA's National Political Committee.

Democratic Socialists of America Endorses the Medicare for All Act of 2017

Statement of the DSA National Political Committee, September 15 2017

This week, Bernie Sanders -- a democratic socialist and long-time universal health care advocate -- filed the Medicare for All Act of 2017. DSA enthusiastically endorses this landmark bill, and will fight tirelessly for its passage.

The newfound support for Medicare for All among some Democrats represents a decisive shift in the national political landscape. Just four years ago, Sen. Sanders was alone when he introduced a previous version of the bill. Today, it has sixteen co-sponsors. This happened only because of sustained, grassroots organizing and pressure by DSA members and many other organizations across the country.

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Statement Condemning HR 620 and Supporting the Disability Integration Act

Condemning HR 620 and Supporting the Disability Integration Act: A Joint Statement of the Disability Working Group and the NPC

September 15, 2017

Disability is a social restriction that affects people of every class, race, and gender. As socialists, we recognize that liberation can only be universal. In order to win the struggle for justice we must confront and dismantle the capitalist institutions that oppress people with physical, mental, and developmental impairments.

Policies that isolate disabled people from their communities are inherently oppressive. Separate cannot be equal, but it would be permissible under the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 620). In its 27 years of existence, the Americans with Disabilities Act has already proven wildly insufficient in guaranteeing disabled people access to the major institutions of our society. H.R. 620 would further weaken the ADA by removing the consequences associated with ADA non-compliance and further entrenching a system wherein disabled people are responsible for removing the barriers to accessing their communities.

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NPC Statement on its Censure of Danny Fetonte and Its Decision to Retain Him on the National Political Committee

NPC Statement on its Censure of Danny Fetonte and Its Decision to Retain Him on the National Political Committee

August 28, 2017

Decision

On Sunday evening, the National Political Committee of the Democratic Socialists of America voted to censure Danny Fetonte, a member of the NPC, for uncomradely and misleading behaviour inconsistent with what is expected of a leader of our movement. In addition, the NPC voted against removing Fetonte from the NPC by a vote of 8.5 against his removal to 7.5 votes for his removal (the half vote result from the YDSA co-chairs splitting their one vote). This fell short of the 11 votes needed to remove Fetonte from the NPC.

These decisions follow a robust discussion on the appropriate response to Fetonte’s omittance of important information during the most recent national elections. In reaching this decision, NPC gratefully accepted comments from numerous DSA Chapters and Working Groups and sought an amicable resolution by engaging in mediation with Fetonte, which broke down this weekend.

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Statement on Nazi Violence in Charlottesville

Statement of the DSA National Political Committee Interim Steering Committee, August 13, 2017

Yesterday's events in Charlottesville, Virginia are a stark reminder that we must fight for socialism or succumb to the barbarism of white supremacy.

We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the white supremacist, racist, anti-Semitic terrorist attack on our comrades in the DSA, the ISO, IWW, Antifa and all others who joined forces in the streets of Charlottesville, VA yesterday.

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The Senate Health Care Bill Must Be Defeated: Building a Movement for “Medicare for All”

Statement of the DSA National Political Committee, June 28, 2017

The Senate version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that the Republican leadership hopes to ram through without any hearings or substantive debate poses a grave threat to the well-being of all but the wealthy few. The bill is nothing less than an effort to take coverage away from tens of millions of low-to-moderate income families in order to provide a massive tax cut of $400 billion over the next ten years to the top five percent of income tax payers and to medical instrument and prescription drug companies. DSA urges its members to mobilize and press their Senators (of both parties) to vote against the Senate bill. The fight to defeat a Senate bill will continue through the summer, as the Republicans failed to pass the bill before the July 4th recess. (Longer term, DSA is committed to working on state and federal “Medicare for all” legislation; see below.)

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The System Is Not Broken, It Is Working As Designed

A statement of the National Political Committee of Democratic Socialists of America

Democratic Socialists of America mourns with the family, friends, Teamsters local 320, and community of Philando Castile, or ‘Mr. Phil” as he was known at the school where he worked. He was beloved by the children that he served with care, thoughtfulness, and decency.

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Net Neutrality Is Essential to Online Democracy

A Statement of the National Political Committee of Democratic Socialists of America

In May of this year, the Federal Communications Commission voted in favor of dismantling one of the fundamental tenets of an open Internet: net neutrality. Enacted in 2015, net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers (ISPs) should allow users equal access to all online content and applications regardless of the source. It classifies broadband as a utility, thus preventing providers such as Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T from accelerating traffic to preferred sites (that is, sites that pay extra, are affiliated with them, or that they find politically savory) or obstructing traffic to sites they deem unfavorable.

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DSA Condemns Texas Senate Bill 4

by the National Political Committee, Texas DSA chapters, and the National Anti-Racism Working Group - Immigration Committee

On May 7, 2017, the Texas Senate passed SB4, a bill that allows local law enforcement to check the immigration status of people in most instances, such as routine traffic stops. This "show me your papers" law will result in racial profiling throughout Texas communities. These illegal arrests will increase tensions between law enforcement and the communities they seek to protect and serve. SB4 will allow law enforcement to detain Texas residents lacking legal status until Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrives to take them to privatized detention centers for processing.

All Texans will be endangered when fear of law enforcement and their continuous collaboration with ICE outweighs the need for help from those same government agencies when the victim of a crime.

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Statement on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Rights

Passed at the DSA convention November 2011, Updated May 2017

DSA’s socialism is based on a profound commitment to democracy, justice and liberation. We fight for the freedom of all people to determine all aspects of their lives to the greatest extent possible.

Our vision entails nothing less than the radical democratization of all areas of life. Historically, one of the most long-standing and deeply rooted challenges to self-determination and equality has been the system of patriarchy and sexism abetted by capitalism. The rigid hierarchies patriarchy has erected still affect all aspects of culture, but they are most strongly associated with sex and gender roles.

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Trump Care Must not Pass the Senate: Building a Movement for “Medicare for All”

Statement of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) National Political Committee
May 5, 2017

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) that President Trump and the Republican House majority just rammed through Congress—without subjecting the bill to review of its likely consequences by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)—poses a grave threat to the well-being of all but the wealthy few.

The bill will deny insurance coverage to far more than the 24 million Americans the CBO estimated would have lost coverage under the initial “repeal and replace” bill that the House rejected in late March. The bill that just passed the House cuts health coverage for tens of millions in order to fund a tax cut of $346 billion over the next ten years to the top five percent of income tax payers.

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