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.

The international community must condemn the use of chemical weapons on civilians in Syria and  support the United Nations inspectors’ efforts to discover the perpetrators of such violence. But even if it is determined that chemical weapons were used by the Assad regime, a unilateral air strike by the United States would not cease that threat.  U.S. air power cannot surgically take out those individuals who can deploy such weapons.  What it will do is kill many innocent civilians.  And our experience in Iraq and Afghanistan demonstrates that United States troops on the ground only serve to increase the level of violence in civil wars.

DSA does believe that the international community should provide humanitarian aid to the millions of Syrian refugees in Jordan, Turkey and elsewhere. In addition, the United States and all other countries should engage in the necessary diplomacy to press Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah to cease their military aid to the Assad dictatorship.  This would enable the Syrian people to liberate themselves, a task that cannot be accomplished by external powers.

DSA Queer Socialists Conference Call

July 27, 2017
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Join DSA's Queer Socialists Working Group to discuss possible activities for the group and its proposed structure. 9 pm ET/8 pm CT/7 pm MT/6 pm PT.

 

Film Discussion: Pride

September 10, 2017
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Join DSA members Eric Brasure and Brendan Hamill to discuss the British film Pride (2014). It’s 1984, British coal miners are on strike, and a group of gays and lesbians in London bring the queer community together to support the miners in their fight. Based on the true story of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. The film is available for rent on YouTube, Amazon, and iTunes. 8 ET/7 CT/6 MT/5 PT.

Film Discussion: Union Maids

September 24, 2017
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Join DSA member and labor historian Susan Hirsch in discussing Union Maids (1976). Nominated for an Academy Award, this documentary follows three Chicago labor organizers (Kate Hyndman, Stella Nowicki, and Sylvia Woods) active beginning in the 1930s. The filmmakers were members of the New American Movement (a precursor of DSA), and the late Vicki Starr (aka Stella Nowicki) was a longtime member of Chicago DSA and the Chicago Women's Liberation Union. It’s available free on YouTube, though sound quality is poor. 8ET/7CT/6MT/5PT.