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Official statements from the DSA's National Political Committee.
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To Overcome Ferguson We Must Abolish the New Jim Crow

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is outraged but not surprised at the failure of the St. Louis County grand jury to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown. The structural bias in our judicial and criminal justice system in favor of police who engage in violent action against unarmed Black and Brown people rendered the outcome unsurprising, yet still enraging. How can an unarmed person be killed by an armed police officer without there being a case for a criminal prosecution? The glaring injustice of  the grand jury verdict is why tens of thousands of individuals across the country stormed into the streets after the announcement of the grand jury verdict. DSA joins others in demanding that the Federal Department of Justice continue its investigation into the conduct of the Ferguson police department and the possible violation of Michael Brown's civil rights by Officer Wilson and the department.

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DSA Statement on the Islamic State and the Crisis in Iraq and Syria

Once again the United States government is ignoring history and trying to solve an intricate political crisis, the rise of the so-called Islamic State (I.S.), by aerial bombardment. The bombing by the U.S. and its “allies” must stop, as must the threat of further military escalation. Bombing is a blunt, indiscriminate tactic that kills innocent civilians and often drives innocent bystanders to support the very foes we bomb.

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Statement in Support of the Hong Kong Democracy Movement

The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) supports the goals of the Hong Kong movement for democracy (the “Umbrella Movement”).

When the British handed Hong Kong over to China in 1997, the Chinese government promised both in the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the mini constitution of Hong Kong (the Basic Law) that a democratic system eventually would be implemented in Hong Kong.

However the current resolution passed by the Chinese National People’s Congress for implementing that promise by 2017 would sharply restrict candidates for political office to those preselected by an unrepresentative body representing mainly business interests.

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Justice for Michael Brown: Community Control of Police & Equality for All

Statement by the Democratic Socialists of America National Political Committee, August 21, 2014

Democratic Socialists of America calls for a full federal civil rights investigation into the killing of Michael Brown and an end to the militarization of local police forces. The action of the Ferguson, Missouri, police department exemplifies the dangers to the lives of ordinary Americans, particularly people of color, posed by overly aggressive, heavily armed police forces.

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DSA Condemns the Israeli Bombing of Gaza and All Attacks on Innocent Civilians

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) condemns the massive and indiscriminate bombing of Gaza civilians by the Israeli armed forces. We support the immediate acceptance and implementation of a comprehensive cease fire that would end all combat in Gaza and lift Israeli enforced restrictions on the ability of the people of Gaza to engage in the economic commerce and travel necessary for basic human survival.

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We Must Now Work to Overturn the Court’s Undemocratic Attacks on the Rights of Women and Workers

DSA Statement on the End of June 2014 Supreme Court Rulings

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) condemns three recent rulings of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) as infringements on the rights of women and working people. The three rulings at the end of June threaten the rights of women to reproductive freedom and the rights of working people to form strong unions. Despite conservative claims to be “strict constructionists” who are opposed to “judicial activism,” the five Republican-appointed judges on the Court are increasingly enacting a reactionary policy agenda that enhances the power of elites at the expense of the vast majority.

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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.

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Statement Condemning the Prosecution of Cecily McMillan

The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) condemns the prosecution of DSA member Cecily McMillan for a class D felony allegedly committed during an Occupy Wall Street demonstration on March 17, 2012, in Zuccotti Park, New York, NY. DSA calls for all charges to be dropped against Ms. McMillan.

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Statement on U.S. Action Against Syria

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) opposes United States military intervention in the civil war in Syria. While we support the secular pro-democracy elements in the mass Syrian uprising against the brutal Assad regime, U.S. military power cannot liberate the Syrian people.  Therefore, for the reasons outlined below, we urge our members and friends to lobby Congress to reject the president’s request for the authorization of the use of force against Syria.

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Real Immigration Reform Would be a Giant Step Toward Workers’ Rights and Democracy

Statement by the Democratic Socialists of America National Political Committee, July 17, 2013

Democratic Socialists of America has long fought for a swift path to citizenship for all undocumented workers and their dependents.  As socialists, it is our conviction that all those who contribute labor to a society should have the full rights of citizenship.

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

 In Researching Officials & Companies you will learn:

  • § How to do detective work
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  • § What to look for before meeting with an elected official
  • § What to ask for
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